Donut dignitaries Matt Rohdie and his wife, Jen Downey, craft their delicious morsels from scratch using high-quality organic ingredients and sell them out of their Allied Lane location as well as Gypsy, their red donut wagon. Fried to order in less than five minutes, each donut sates ravenous sweet teeth with a sumptuous mixture of organic eggs, apple cider, and spices deep-fried in pure soybean oil and dusted with cinnamon sugar ($10/dozen or redeem the Groupon for a prepaid $10 punch card). The nirvana-inducing circles are devoid of hydrogenation, trans-fats, and performance-enhancing sprinkles. Carpe Donut's organic coffee, Italian cioccolata, and freshly mulled hot cider ($2 each) blend ideally with their succulent donuts ($1 each). Matt and his family proudly display the Arbor Day cards that Mother Nature sends them for converting all of the used oil into green biofuel.
The culinary doyens of Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant populate their expansive menu and combination plates with a scintillating selection of authentic recipes from beyond the Rio Grande. Lay the foundation for a feast with an order of nachos coated in cheese ($4.75), beans ($4.95), or beef ($5.25), before mouth-wrestling an ebullient chef's special such as the special Yucatan ($14.75), which intermingles slices of grilled steak and chicken breast with lemon-pepper shrimp and chorizo. The Vallarta's batch of mesquite-grilled shrimp with mushrooms, onions, peppers, and zucchini ($11.35) creates a sizzly foreground for flirting with a first date or coy ventriloquist dummy, and the enchilada supreme ($8.25) boasts a quartet of tortillas, each stuffed with one of the four elements of the earth: chicken, beef, beans, and cheese. Guadalajara balances a spicy repast with a sugary dessert of churros drizzled with chocolate sauce ($2.95) or fried ice cream ($4.10).
Brixx gratifies its guests with a menu of casual but carefully constructed fare highlighted by a selection of artisanal pizzas. Begin the belly-filling fun with an appetizer of bruschetta ($5.95), which forces garlic crostini to shoulder a load of marinated roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta (add blackened shrimp for $4). Or kick things off with the savory triple shot of wood-fired pita chips with three varieties of hummus ($5.95), providing the taste-bud equivalent of getting three birthday presents from the same forgetful grandparent. An array of finger-friendly sandwiches and a quartet of pastas set the stage for a variety of pizzas.
The Downtown Hot Dog Company sates meaty appetites with a menu of unexpected gourmet delectables. Wielding an arsenal of 100% Vienna-beef dogs in a variety of incarnations, including the bacony Downtown BLT and the tropical hawaiian, where passion fruit mustard relaxes with pineapple relish ($4.50 each), expert chefs uncover unknown taste sensations, such as Umami and pickle. Those with artistic inclinations can customize their own bun-embraced choice of polish sausage ($4.25), quarter-pound dog ($4.25), or Yves veggie dog ($4.50). Combine free helpings of pickle relish and A1 steak sauce with sophisticated additions such as wasabi, banana peppers, and encyclopedia pages to concoct a tailored masterpiece ($0.25 each).
Rapture's gourmet variations on soul-food themes put the spotlight on organic and locally sourced ingredients. The lunch menu's specialty sandwiches elevate noontime dining to an edible art, with combinations such as country ham and gruyere cheese with apples ($8) and the portobello and choice of cheese in the quasi-burger ($8). The dinner menu embellishes classics with creative flashes of gustatory genius, such as the shrimp and grits gussied up with goat cheese and thyme ($11) and a hearty, bourbon-marinated pork loin garnished with frosty sugared blackberries and andouille-sweet-potato hash ($15). Brunch your way into the weekend with classic eggs benedict, served over a buttermilk biscuit or english muffin alongside fresh fruit and choice of grits or homefries ($8).