For 20 years, Nawwaf and Bayan Said craved the opportunity to share their native cuisine and culture with their fellow North Carolinians. At Jasmin Bistro––named for both the flower and to nod to Nawwaf's first restaurant, Aladin's––the duo blend Greek and Lebanese recipes made from scratch. Imported ingredients and local produce intermingle in classic dishes such as kebabs, hummus, gyros, and chicken shawarma. Along with platters and sandwiches whipped up in their new Hillsborough Street location next to Meredith College, Nawwaf and Bayan cater festivities with buffets, party platters, and boxed lunches.
The cooks at Cinelli's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria craft New York-inspired classic and modern Italian entrees, including tilapia encrusted with crabmeat, filet gorgonzola, tortellaci—a homemade beef and veal dumpling—in a wild-mushroom ragout with truffle oil, and a goat-cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom topped with arugula, fire-roasted peppers, and balsamic reduction. Their success has allowed them to spread across multiple locations, each of which also serves New-York-style pizza.
Mike Cozzolino and his crew deliver Sicilian and New York-style pizzas crafted from homemade dough. They top this dough with house sauce and 25 ingredients, including pepperoni, chicken, ricotta cheese, anchovies, and basil flakes. Besides crafting pizza, they also boil pots of spaghetti noodles and bake a blend of ziti, homemade marinara sauce, and gooey cheese. In the casual dining area, black-and-white checkered flooring and golden-hued walls surround diners as they root for their favorite infomercials playing on a flat-screen TV.
Today’s Groupon is muddled with tropical taste, splashed with foreign flavors, and garnished with Latin locomotion. For $15, you’ll get $35 worth of scrumptious Cuban cuisine at Havana Café, an authentic eatery praised by the Phoenix New Times as the best Latin bistro. Redeem your Groupon at one of three locations.
Though you may not find founders Linda Wolf and Julie Reid rolling sandwiches at Roly Poly, the duo nonetheless man everything behind the scenes. Prior to founding the sandwich-wrap chain in 1996, Wolf had decades of sandwich artistry under her belt, and Reid had entrepreneurial acumen as a business and finance major. Wolf and Reid attribute the success of their venture—which now includes 125 franchises in 24 states—to the philosophy behind it: Taste matters. In keeping with this belief, the two continually add gourmet ingredients to their deli-style menu. By stocking pantries with items such as brie cheese, sundried tomatoes, and mango chutney, Wolf and Reid ensure that every wrap, salad, and soup tastes great and nourishes the body.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt locations have a consistently upbeat ambience, from the bright colors that are the signature of their decor to the friendly staff that oversees dessert dispensing. But it?s the guests that take charge of their desserts and completely customize their frozen yogurt. They pick first from a rotation of made-daily 16 flavors, including gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free and no-sugar-added options, that range from decadent wedding cake and white-chocolate raspberry to tart pomegranate and mango. Once swirled into a cup, the yogurt acts as a canvas for the array of toppings that includes blackberries, fruity pebbles, Reese?s Cups, or kiwi.