Montreal native Tony Bianco teamed up with executive chef Enzo Addario to create Hot Tomatoe, a traditional Italian bistro boasting a menu that brims with house-made, cooked-to-order pastas, flavorful meat dishes, and full- and light-bodied Italian wines. Their regional cuisine typically integrates up to seven essential ingredients—oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, pasta, and olives—from which Snow White’s seven dwarves drew their names. In addition, the staff goes shopping for fresh ingredients three to four days a week to supplement both seasonal compositions and year-round dishes, which include veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and penne norma.
Fernanda's International Market, a treasure trove of rare ingredients and made-to-order gourmet sandwiches, bakes robust breads and fine pastries. Among a troop of hearty sandwiches, the Martorano ($8.99) stands out for its spicy temper and muscular blend of sopressata and cappacola meats. The Churchill ($8.99) loads its taste gun with Branston pickle relish and fights hunger pangs on ham-coated beaches, cheddar cheese fields, and hot mustard streets. Fernanda's also sells prepared food by the pound and hard-to-find international groceries like Thai lemon grass.
Every morning, the butchers at Penn Dutch Food Center arrive to cut up meats and make their signature items from scratch, including cold cuts, sausages, and hot dogs. Lots of hot dogs. In fact, Penn Dutch estimates that, if placed end to end, the number of hot dogs they make in a single year could stretch all the way from Miami to Orlando and feed the entire Hall of Presidents.
Though they're labeled as all-beef, the main ingredient in Penn Dutch's hot dogs is more than three decades of experience. The family-owned-and-operated business first opened its doors in 1975 (a second location opened in 2004). Since those early days, the butchers have made names for themselves through a well-curated (and hand-cut) selection of poultry, pork, lamb, veal, and beef. They also use their own smokehouses for smoked meats, rather than relying on neighbors' chimneys, and they regularly bring in hard-to-find items such as beef sweetbreads.
Away from the butcher counter, Penn Dutch Food Center also sells fresh seafood, bakery, deli and fruits & veggies ?including seasonal varieties such as cactus pears.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
The roots of the eclectic menu at The Rusty Hook Tavern can be traced back to the chef and proprietor, who boasts an eclectic history himself. Born in Senegal, West Africa, Nader "Ned" Jaouhar spent his childhood in Paris before eventually moving to the US as a teen, where he studied culinary arts at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After graduating, he drew upon his childhood experiences and found success in the world of French cuisine?but that's just one of the international influences that can be found on the menu at Rusty Hook. House specialties include flounder encrusted in almond flour and drizzled with lemon-caper sauce, and a made-to-order rib eye with a smoked sea-salt rub.
Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar cajoles the tahini-demanding bellies of vegetarians and omnivores alike with fresh wraps, salads, baguettes, and desserts, as well as a spectrum of Mediterranean specialties. Chef and owner Ilan Cohen slings traditional family meals straight from his native Israel onto the tables of his American bistro haven. Chickpea cheerleaders can form pyramids with one of many hummus-centered dishes, such as the sabih pita sandwich, with roasted eggplant and hard-boiled egg ($8), or the mahi-mahi beet wrap, rolled with sumptuous tiers of garbanzo mash, spinach, and alfalfa ($17).