Locally produced artwork lines the walls of this charming neighborhood café, and organic, fair-trade coffees fill the air with frothy fragrances. The life cycle of each health-conscious menu item is quite short, as each selection is made to order and swiftly served to the detachable jaws of voracious vertebrates. Accelerate over midday speed bumps with an asian chicken salad, tossed with mandarin-orange-ginger dressing ($7.95). A signature espresso drink, such as the white-berry mocha, tickles tired brains back to life with an uncommon combo of chocolate and fruit flavors ($3.10 for 16 oz.). At dinnertime, bacon-starved stomachs can be sated with a filet mignon in a demi-glace sauce, floating in clouds of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). Menu items and drink lists change regularly, so stop in to Cgrape and see what’s cooking, brewing, and pouring.
Upscale American cuisine unites with an extensive wine list at Wylds Cafe, and it's all administered by a talented kitchen staff. Their menu catalogs elegant entrees such as peppered Hawaiian tuna with sweet potato chips and soy butter sauce garnished with pickled ginger and wasabi. They also prepare braised cranberry barbecue boneless short ribs. Both the wine menu and the 30-strong beer list showcase imported and domestic libations, from The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc originating in New Zealand to Flying Dog's Doggy-Style pale ale. When it comes to aesthetics, the restaurant matches the cuisine in its panache. Rich but dark reds and browns cover the walls and allow blue sconces and colorful paintings—both abstract and grounded in everyday scenery—to pop with vivacity. White linens drape the tables, and track lighting precludes interruption by an obstreperous genie.
Lil Italy Bistro’s chefs decorate pizza pies as wide as 18 inches with discs of pepperoni, seasonal veggies, and a smattering of cheeses. The Italian-influenced chefs follow family recipes when they build the layers of lasagna and bread veal and chicken cutlets for parmigiana dishes. For lighter appetites, the chefs tuck sweet and savory sausage into sub sandwiches and serve Italian wedding soup in a traditional wedding envelope. Ruby red curtains cover the walls in the dining room, matching the red umbrellas and chairs that decorate the outdoor patio.
Bernwood Grille & Catering Co. serves up an eclectic array of breakfast and lunch dishes. Breakfast is served all day, so both early risers and night owls can enjoy items such as greek omelets, blueberry pancakes, and vanilla-cinnamon french toast. Afternoon eats include gyro meals, a blackened chicken Waldorf salad, and homemade soups. Bernwood's culinary creations are also available as custom catered meals for events and corporate functions of any size.
Sara Nohemy at Marina's takes care of hair. She can cut it, blow-dry it, style it, and condition it to make it look its best. The skilled stylist might also render it as colorful as a peacock through single-process coloring treatments or highlights. Sara can also mitigate frizz with keratin treatments rendered with Keratin Complex products.
Six days a week, Zumba instructor Karen Rios gathers groups of like-minded people for a dance party. She guides students through Latin-inspired choreography that works to tone bodies and drop pounds. Each class is set to a soundtrack of high-energy international tunes.