Naturally, the chefs at Cooper’s Hawk have a sharp eye when it comes to wine pairings. Each of the restaurant’s contemporary dishes is crafted with a particular wine in mind, which makes plenty of sense given the fact that there’s a winery located just next door. Surrounded by oaken barrels and racks lined with glistening bottles, diners may be forgiven for thinking that they made a wrong turn and ended up in the winery itself. After your meal, see the real thing in the Napa–style tasting room, where you can sample up to eight different wines. The selection includes something for everyone, including graceful blush wines and cabernets whose flavors unfold like a novel scribbled on the wings of an origami crane.
La Paix Café slings a snackable selection of crepes, fruit-infused beverages, bubble teas, and 14 flavors of frozen yogurt. A self-serve station invites guests to swirl low- and nonfat yogurts packed with calcium and four types of live, active cultures into white paper cups. More than 40 toppings are on hand to dress flavors such as snickerdoodle and lemon pie. The sweet theme continues with fresh slices of banana whirled into smoothies or bubble teas packed with tapioca pearls. Crepes, one of the café's specialties, envelop sweet fillings of fruit and Nutella, as well as savory morsels of cheese, vegetables, and meats. These thin pancakes sport whimsical names, such as Spam Bot, Farm Ville, and Angry Bird, named for the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: Larry Bird.
The talented pastry chefs at Holy Cow consistently create batches of bliss-inducing indulgences for the cupped-cake-loving public. The menu changes constantly, but perennial flavors, such as a traditional vanilla birthday cake topped with fudge frosting and sprinkles and a luscious red velvet cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting, are available every day. Featuring seven to 10 flavors per day, the ensemble cast includes the Clarence (a lemon cake with lemony cream cheese frosting), the cookies and cream, and the gingerbread. The popular maple bacon is a satiating treat of maple cake with bits of bacon scattered gracefully atop a pillow of maple cream cheese icing. Eggnog, mint julep, and Guinness are also available during designated seasons.
Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.
From the thick golden crusts of his Chicago-style pizzas to the hand-pounded cuts of pork on his tenderloin sandwiches, chef and owner Michael Kotarski, who co-owns the restaurant with his sister, Katie, caters to hearty appetites. Strapping plates can be found throughout the menu, including triple-decker BLTs layered between sourdough. The kitchen turns out dessert orders from scratch that feature bread pudding, white chocolate raspberry bars, and salted caramel bars.
At Whole Foods Market, shoppers will find a variety of organic, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and non-GMO products. Located in the Nora Plaza shopping center near North Central High School, this popular branch of the national chain has all of the usual throwback grocery store appeal, thanks to wooden shelves that line each aisle and an open-air ceiling that allows for exposed piping and duct work. While striving to support local commerce, many products there are purchased from in-state and regional providers. The meat and seafood area at Whole Foods Market features vegetarian-fed, hormone-free items and sustainability fished and farmed seafood, while the rest of the tall, warm, inviting space is taken up by prepackaged goods that range from entirely healthful to devilishly delicious. Bulk stations for nuts, grains and dried fruits add to the DIY food approach.