Chefs at Palace of Dosas work under the ahimsa theme of non-violence to the environment, other beings, and themselves when they fill their menu with vegetarian and vegan Southern Indian cuisine. They spread crepe batter over griddles to craft bases for their 20 different varieties of dosas. The long, thin paper dosas and the butter sada dosas are as rich as a millionaire or someone who got in on the ground floor of the industry that writes about millionaires. They also prepare utthappam, Indian-style pizza with rice and lentil-flour bases and onion and pea toppings. Yogurt-based mango lassis and madras coffee add to the comfort imparted by cushioned booths and a plant-rich dining room.
The gastronomists at La Tee Da created a menu showcasing an Italian bonanza of pasta, rice, seafood, and steak. An appetizer of gluten-free escargot, flavorfied in a butter and parsley sauce warms up cuisine intake apparatuses for larger edible inputs ($10). The gluten-free, vegan caponata weaves together roasted pine nuts, red and yellow peppers, onions, garlic, eggplant, and zucchini squash over a choice of penne pasta, spaghetti, or rice ($16). For culinary couplings, the fresh tilapia with caper ($18), like flying a kite, can be enjoyed with a Casal Thaulero pinot grigio ($7 by the glass) from the extensive wine list and a New York strip steak ($24) slides down gullets with the help of a Martin Ray pinot noir ($10 by the glass) from California.
Ten years ago, Mr. India Grocers was a just a small, but well-loved grocery store serving the food needs of South Asian expats. But one day, the owners were struck with an idea: why not offer harder-to-find Bollywood movie rentals alongside food items? The idea was an instant success with customers. Soon, people shopping for ingredients for chicken tikka masala or a veggie biryani would also be seen picking up a Bollywood flick or 12 on their way out. The gain in popularity not only caused the store to expand to a larger location, but soon a second, larger outpost was opened on Grand Park Drive.
That growth has let Mr. India Grocers better serve the needs of their customers, allowing them to offer a wider selection of Indian goods and more exotic fruits from India. They have also opened a new haveli-style kitchen (a traditional Indian take-out area) at the Grand Park Drive location, where chefs serve up hot cups of masala chai alongside dishes such as lamb curry and buttery wads of naan. Each meal they make is designed to be eaten on the go, subbed in for dinner at home, or kept at one?s bedside to induce passionate food dreams.
Delicious, exotic flavors describe more than just the food and beverages at 55 Café. A selection of sheeshas—flavored hookah tobaccos—marinated with flavours like double apple and mixed fruit juices share menu space with veggie wraps, chicken shawarma, and shish kebabs. Guests can have a seat in a padded chair and curb their hunger with a plate of falafel and fries before capping their meal with a hookah session to practice blowing smoke rings, considered the most romantic jewelry to gift someone.
The Beaver combines a contemporary menu with a lively atmosphere congenial to local artists, musicians, and otherwise creative souls. Paninis please sundry palates with sprightly taste coalitions such as grilled bocconcini with sundried tomato and pesto ($8) and vegetable and sunflower-seed pâté ($9). Amiable pairings heat things up with baked mac 'n' cheese, whose cheeses are swirled with seasonal offerings ($10) and with the lamb and chevre burger, served with mixed greens or a potato salad ($13). The Beaver’s chefs make steering clear of meat as easy as defriending your butcher with a multitude of vegetarian and vegan options, such as the dinner-hour bean and beet burger ($11).
Rawlicious skips such ingredients as wheat, meat, dairy, and refined sugar to put together a healthful menu of animal-free fare in a café setting. All Rawlicious items are cooked below 118 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are naturally preserved. Load up on living food with the nacho-platter appetizer ($12), Rawlicious' nacho chips served with the tasty troika of guacamole, "sour cream," and salsa, or un-muzzle your inner Red Kangaroo by grazing on the sprout salad ($8), a mix of fresh, organic sprouts. Rawlicious' "rawitch" ($8) skyscrapes with fresh veggies, sprouts, and guacamole stacked high on onion bread, while the special pasta Bolognese ($12) melds marinara, pesto, and crumbled faux-meatballs. Between wellness-boosting bites, guests can seductively sip on a 16-oz. smoothie ($6), available in such flavors as Raspberry Bliss and ChocoMinty, or toast to Pierre-Simon Laplace's theory of tides with a pot of green tea ($5).