Boar’s Head meats and Amish cheeses bring deli cred to The Nut House’s pecan wood log cabin. Hot Mama’s customers customize sandwiches from a list of five meats, six cheeses, and eight spreads, with unusual options including tangerine habanero mustard and oven roasted garlic mayo. A full-sized chicken breast sandwich borrows a hot outfit from chipotle honey lime mustard before emerging on a plate beside potato salad and the dessert of the day ($7.49). Liquid lovers can elbow sandwiches out of the way for a cup of soup and half sandwich combo ($7.49), while those still full from yesterday’s full sandwich can opt for a lone half ($4.29). Hot Mama’s serves up made to order meat stacks Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Amish Cheese House culls cheeses, meats, and more from Amish communities in the local area, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to fill mouths and appease appetites. Titillate taste buds with a collection of more than 40 cheese varieties, such as american, habanero jalapeño, southwestern salsa, lacey swiss, and extra-sharp cheddar. Peruse a display case brimming with deli meats from local sources before picking up an enticing pound of liverwurst or using a sample of cajun turkey wrapped in a layer of lebanon bologna to convince a live bear to act as a living room rug for a day. Patrons can also choose from a selection of gift boxes and a collection of miscellaneous goods, including locally made jellies, old-fashioned candies, granola, pastas, coffee, and tea. Though prices vary as much as the ingredients used to make cheese-in-a-can, cheeses start at $3 for a small slice and can range up to more than $25 for larger portions, Meats range from $7 to $20 per pound, and sugar-free chocolates start at $10.
The Pink House's elegant 1902 building charms both traditionalist tea devotees and regular lunch-timers, serving a plethora of loose-leaf liquids next to an extensive menu of homemade soups and sandwiches. With more than 50 flavors to choose from, traditional tea savorers can enjoy a pot of their favorite tea variety while extending the pinky finger, entire arm, or pincers of their choosing. Tea is customarily used as a demure alternative to Wild Turkey for reconnecting with friends, calming the mind, and curing stymied conversation boxes. Munch on homemade scones from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and order a pot whenever you wish. Sandwiches made from freshly baked bread include the Summer Garden ($6.99), with layers of cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, and a crisis garden's worth of other vegetables. For dessert, chocolate radars will ecstatically short circuit when in close proximity to the shop's hot, gooey baked fudge ($3.89), decadently topped with a dollop of whipped cream.