With fond memories of home-cooked meals in British Guyana spurring him on, it was only a matter of time until Dr. Tony Martin opened a restaurant after moving to the United States. The time finally came in 1986, when he founded a small, Caribbean-themed cafe named Anntony's?a combination of his mother's name (Ann) and his own.?
Tony was quick to fill the menu with generations-old family recipes, such as brined rotisserie chicken, spicy vegetable curry, and stuffed flounder. These and other dishes soon became so popular that Tony began selling the cafe's sauces and spice blends on their own.?Not to be outdone by the vibrant menu, the cafe's decor exudes Caribbean character. Bright yellow, blue, and orange walls complement the colorful flags of Caribbean nations hanging from the ceiling and the festively dressed pirates dueling with silverware.
A hash-brown breakfast may not initially entice the health-conscious diner. But consider: at Zada Jane’s, chefs cook up locally procured sweet potatoes, top them with free-range eggs, and serve them with Grateful Growers’ additive-free pork sausage. Like many of Zada Jane’s entrees, this locally sourced breakfast toes the line between wholesome and indulgent, and it has earned nods from Charlotte magazine.
Zada Jane’s commitment to wholesome dining extends to the dining room itself, which is entirely smoke-free. After clearing plates and exhausting the peek-a-boo potential of napkins, dining companions can burn off meals at the shuffleboard courts out front.
Chickadee's Cafe's expert meat stackers craft a menu of appetizers, homemade chips, and specialty sandwiches layered between one of eight varieties of bread, including whole wheat, rye, and basil focaccia. After conquering a defenseless table, guests can warm up their taste buds with an appetizer of chicken wings—accompanied by mild, hot, honey-mustard, or barbecue sauce—before tongue trekking toward a classic Reuben or a pita-bound greek-chicken sandwich piled with marinated chicken, feta cheese, veggies, and tzatziki sauce. Otherwise, signature dagwoods compile hot and cold toppings between a hoagie, evidenced by Chickadee's steaming catalog of salami, roast beef, turkey, and white cheeses. Cold glasses of sweetened and unsweetened tea, as well as bottomless soda, ease throats parched from swallowing succulent meats or boisterously proclaiming their love of sandwiches in the style of Theodore Roosevelt.
Nothing but Noodles has a casual dining environment, fast service (customers eat within 15 minutes of arriving in the store), and a vegetarian-friendly menu packed with delicious pastas and made-to-order noodles. Start with Thai lettuce wraps, a cozy bundle of wok-seared chicken, fresh-cut jicama, and button mushrooms splattered with a signature sauce with carrots, red bell peppers, and Thai peanut sauce on the side ($5.99). Kids can nibble on cheese pizza ($4.49), while non-child diners go for fettuccini alfredo with parsley and fresh-grated parmesan and romano ($6.89). Or opt for the sesame lo mein, which mingles mushrooms, red bell peppers, Napa cabbage, and scallions ($6.99). Avoid sweet-tooth defections by ordering a cannoli inflated with ricotta cheese and chocolate chips and drizzled with chocolate syrup ($3.99). Adulty eaters can irrigate their arid throats with hot herbal tea ($1.69), premium beer ($3.89), or wine ($4.50 per glass).
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Winner of Creative Loafing's Best Coffee award in 2009, Julia's serves fair-trade coffee and café bites to sluggish bodies and minds while raising money for Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte in the process. As patrons browse the shop's sprawling collection of used books, baristas fill drink tanks with frothy lattes ($2.85/regular; $3.35/large), iced americanos ($2.05/regular; $2.35/large), and steaming mugs of brewed coffee ($1.65/regular; $1.85/large). Legume lovers can savor the grilled veggie-and-hummus wrap ($5.75) and the refreshing spinach, fruit, and nut salad ($7), whereas those looking to pack on protein after an afternoon of bench pressing bench-press salesmen can scarf down a cuban pork sandwich ($6).