A bevy of herbs and spices—informed by the New Orleans amalgam of French, Caribbean, Spanish, African, Vulcan, and Native American cultures—enlivens the signature chicken pieces on Frenchy’s menu. The boxful of chicken legs, wings, breasts, and honey-buttermilk biscuits sates a family or entertains a family who plays drums with the leftover bones. Though not included with this Groupon, diners can complement their meal with one of Frenchy’s tasty side dishes, including collard greens ($1.99–$5.39), potato salad ($1.69–$3.99), and creole gumbo with hot sausage ($2.89–$5.49).
Kolache Rolf's stuffs puffy pastries with warm, gooey fruit and spiced meats to create treats that stay true to the Czech tradition. One glance at the menu sets tummies a-rumbling with the promise of 23 varieties of kolaches, including breakfasty infusions of bacon and cheese ($1.19) and slovacek sausage and cheese ($1.89) alongside more traditional blends of cream cheese, apricot, and poppy seed ($0.99). Diners delight over chicken-salad-stuffed sandwiches ($4.50), whose hearty innards can be washed down by slurps of broccoli-cheese soup or squirts from shampoo bottles filled with tortilla soup (both $2.99).
The culinary artisans at Luigi's Patio Ristorante fill lunch and dinner menus with family recipe pastas, pizzas, and entrees in a rustic Italian villa setting. The evening array boasts vegetarian options such as eggplant feathered with parmesan and perched atop a nest of capellini pasta ($13) and specialties including pistachio-encrusted red snapper ($24) and duck breast sweetened with balsamic and orange-toffee sauces ($21). Or quell midday cravings with toasted panini ($8+) or a pizza generously bombarded with toppings such as italian sausage and pesto sauce. Diners can groove to live music most nights in Luigi's warmly lit indoor courtyard patio, which, like a Roman piazza, is populated by street lanterns and gatherings of garrulous pepperonis.
La Bodega imports fresh flavors from Baja California and infuses them into appetizers, tacos, and entrees. Just-caught seafood swims in two to three times a week to create dishes such as the shrimp-and-mango enchiladas ($13.99) and the blackened chili-rubbed pair of salmon tacos ($10.69). Land-faring choices roam the menu as well, including the Baja burger, saddled with pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo ($8.99), and the grilled portobello burrito, which can be wrangled by a tongue tied into a lasso with or without black beans ($10.99). The most important meal of the day can be enjoyed at any hour with breakfast taco plates ($6.59–$8.69), the crab-cake sandwich on a jalapeño-cheese bun ($8.49), and Stetson-hat-wearing huevos rancheros ($7.49).
Dark wood and flaxen-hued walls surround the scents and savors of wood-fired pizzas, creative pastas, and locally sourced steaks at Café Eccell. Disks of dough hand-forged daily, such as the rustic italian-sausage pizza ($15) or margherita pizza ($13), emerge from the wood-fired oven with a smoky flavor and encyclopedic knowledge of campfire songs. Opportunities for fork-finagling can be found in the seafood linguine, which suffuses shrimp and salmon with tomato-garlic butter on a bed of saffron linguine ($19), and in the 12-ounce USDA Prime rib eye, fetched from local purveyor Ruffino Meats and draped in herb butter ($25). Paying homage to the traditional garb worn on their annual apricot hunts, strawberries disguise themselves in an apricot glaze and hide out in an almond-lace cookie shell lined with Belgian chocolate in Café Eccell’s strawberry tart ($7).
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
For 30 years, Cenare's sconce-lit walls and elegant menu have entranced diners, inviting them to linger luxuriously over plates of pasta, tiramisu, and creamy espresso cups. Fresh, daily made bread greets guests with a firm, crunchy handshake, moisturized to taste with imported olive oil. While kitchen magicians arrange 15 layers of beef, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese for the homemade lasagna ($10.99), noshers may savor stuffed mushroom cap starters, drizzled with a Creole mustard sauce ($6.95). The tortellini alla diavola accessorizes a saucy ensemble of chicken, ham, fresh mushrooms, and chipotle cream with cheese-filled pasta rings ($12.95), while the secret ingredients of the spaghetti al telefono are discoverable only through long, whispered games of telephone ($7.95). Gluten-free pasta is also available.