Ambrosia Bella is a cozy escape for those who crave fresh-made desserts, café fare, and rich espresso hidden beneath a cap of foam. Co-owners Miranda Hartwell and Ben Lamson, a former Marine who doubles as Ambrosia's executive chef, take care to keep their restaurant relaxed and slightly whimsical. Drawing on a catering background with the Food Network and charitable catering events for Rosie O'Donnell and FEMA, Miranda and Ben prepare a rustic-hewn menu for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, with refined accents such as champagne vinaigrette and garlic-truffle cream cheese.
After sinking teeth into a few crab-cake sliders, guests can thank Ambrosia Bella for its contributions to the Steuben County Animal Shelter, or solicit Ben to craft a bone-shaped danish to feed the dogs, cats, and tiny humans within all of our hearts.
Mulligans Restaurant and Pub whisks palates on a cross-country journey with American fare inspired by New York's steak houses, Louisiana's shrimp boats, and fishing trips in the Florida Keys. Steaks come in 8-, 10-, or 12-ounce cuts, which can be marinated, char-grilled, or slathered in seasonings. Shrimp swim toward tables in coconut breading or stilt-walk through pastas on Cajun-spiced skewers. Diners can supplement bites with sips or hour-long swishes from the full bar, which includes an extensive martini and wine selection.
Samuel Mancino's Italianate empire extends throughout the Midwest, with each outpost flaunting a full menu of fresh-baked grinders and pizzas loaded with hearty ingredients. A trifecta of ham, hard salami, and spicy sausage powers the signature italian grinder ($6.49 for an 8"), spurred on to its task of filling bellies by green pepper, onion, and melted mozzarella. Samuel Mancino's chefs toss dough by hand to give it a fluffy texture before it meets its fate as a foundation for pizzas laden with fresh, gourmet topping combinations such as chicken and garlic or ham, bacon, and pineapple ($15.99+). Piping-hot breadsticks return in sugary eveningwear as sweet Cinna-Stix ($5.99), perfect for dessert or as lick-and-stick nest-building materials. Prices may vary by location, though the owner, who recently took over the Erskine Plaza location, is absolutely identical.
Brewster's whets palates with applewood-smoked meats and a panoply of pub fare that can be selected from the menu. Pulled pork and beef brisket simmer for 14 hours in the smoker before emerging between buns for sandwiches ($6.99) or teaming up with sides on dinner-platter platoons ($10.99). Tex-Mex entrees available to massage taste buds include the chipotle chicken quesadilla ($7.99) and El Paso nachos ($8.99), inspired by the city in Texas from which they hale—Amsterdam. Diners can also peruse a battalion of bread-boosted hunger-trouncers, such as beefy burgers ($5.99–$7.99) and savory chicken wraps ($7.29).
Chalkboards mounted on a canary-yellow wall display the current menus at Trios Deli, with seasonal specials joining casual-dining mainstays such as breakfast burritos, grilled reuben sandwiches, and greek salads. Lattes and fruit smoothies energize diners with a burst of natural caffeine or sugars. Head chef Dan Scott also oversees the restaurant's catering operations, which feed parties large and small with customized menus of comfort food from hand-carved spiral hams to hand-stuffed seafood ravioli to hand-woven spaghetti blankets.