Culinary man-about-town Jay Powell sates the masticating masses with Uncle Jay’s Twisted Fork’s menus of breakfast, lunch, and dinner staples and ever-evolving specials. Rouse a pack of slumbering incisors with the french toast stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries ($6.99) or the steak-and-cheese omelet ($6.99). Adventurous tongues can traverse the capery peaks of chicken piccata ($7.99 lunch, $12.99 dinner) or the potato-laden depths of the shepherd's pie ($5.99 lunch, $9.99 dinner). Homemade desserts refill bodily sugar tanks, enabling energetic diners to execute a series of cartwheels around the building. A friendly, casual atmosphere pervades Twisted Fork, eliminating the usual denim-cummerbund rental necessary for stuffy lunchtime dining.
Whenever possible, the chefs at Pejamajo Café craft their signature crepes from sustainable ingredients—ranging from meats to eggs to flour—culled from local suppliers. They offer a variety of French-style crepes, including sweet crepes such as Nutella and banana as well as savory crepes such as the unique crepesadilla with Vermont cheddar and salsa. Both pair well with the café’s own line of signature-blended coffee. Each Pejamajo location also houses pastry chefs who spend each day transforming globs of dough into fresh cookies, scones, and edible swords for sword-swallowing apprentices. Pejamajo’s relaxed atmosphere, original coffees, and daily baked pastries have become its signature, and led to an appearance on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters.
The seasoned chefs at Mosaic Latin American Bistro craft dinner and lunch menus brimming with a diverse array of Latin American–inspired dishes with contemporary twists. Commence chew-infused chats over a savory pollo con mole ($19), a grilled swordfish swimming through sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives ($22), or a tangy seafood stew the Puerto Ricans call asopao ($25). The Chile-born empanada boasts a braised slab of beef serenading olives and raisins within homemade flaky dough ($6), and the pupusa enswathes house-smoked pulled pork, mango slaw, and black beans within white corn cakes ($11). Or eschew meat altogether for a plantain-encrusted tortas de frijoles ($19) or lechuga mixta salads ($7). A slew of sandwiches stuffed with flank steak, wild boar, pork shoulder, and more ($8–$12) satiates noontime crowds.
French-style bistro cuisine is The Grande’s specialty. The restaurant gets its ingredients from local farms and fisheries, who deliver organic meats and veggies whenever possible. The bistro’s wine list similarly emphasizes organic and sustainable wines from all over the world.
The crêpe, or French pancake, was invented in 1923 to make its American counterpart look fat, oafish, and uncouth in comparison. Help the disced dessert maintain its well-deserved sense of superiority with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of crêpes, wraps, and more at La Crêperie, located just off Thayer Street on the East Side.
La Crêperie serves up a satisfying menu of sweet and savory crêpes, wraps, Belgian waffles, and smoothies daily, in its Thayer Street–adjacent location. Lunchable folded favorites include the Racquel crêpe ($5.50), an alluring femme fatale whose elegant world-weariness conceals old wounds of spinach, brie, and cranberries, and the Mediterranean wrap ($5.95) loaded with basil-marinated chicken, fresh veggies, dijon mustard, and mozzarella that will circle-dance for hours at the sound of a bazouki. Dessert-seeking diners, meanwhile, will delight in the decadence of La Crêperie's sweet crêpes and waffles, such as the strawberry-and-chocolate-filled Michelle ($4.95) crêpe or the simple buttered and sugared pleasure of the Betty crêpe ($2.95), both of which pair harmoniously with any of La Crêperie's refreshing smoothies ($3.95) or fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2.50–$2.95). All of La Crêperie's crêpery is made with fresh, local dairy products and seasonal farm produce, significantly decreasing the risk of synthetic ingredients causing your crêpe to grow a mouth that begs you not to eat it.
The intimate eatery has been serving up its tasty treats since 1996 from a hole-in-the-wall storefront with a small seating area and casual counter service reminiscent of the quaint crêperies of Paris. Adding to that Parisian sensibility is the fact that La Crêperie is open until 2 a.m. on weekends so that insomniac sweet teeth and nighthawk romantics can drop in for a quick crêpe after a long night of dancing or perfecting their Louisiana accents.
Yelpers give La Crêperie 3.5 stars, with TripAdvisors giving it four owl eyes. Urbanspooners give it an 81% approval rating:
- We have never been disappointed by the food here. The crepes are wonderful and always come out just right. – teamwonderful, TripAdvisor
- As close to the real authentic crepe from Paris that I have come across. – Mike S., Urbanspoon
- The Creperie is perfect for people looking for an inexpensive, light but tasty breakfast (or lunch) to go. – Seth R., Yelp