Quirky, enigmatic owner-and-adventurer Karina Murphy founded The Blue Frog Coffeehouse as a venue for similarly spirited sippers to take in live music, delectable bites, and obscene amounts of caffeine. Blue Frog's main event— coffee—entices java junkies with a wide selection of morning medicines, such as the finger-fluttering triple espresso ($2.50), the creamy white mocha ($2.95–$3.95), or the smooth, sleep-banishing breve ($3.25–$4). Classic coffee companions, such as steel-cut oatmeal ($4) and a bagel with cream cheese ($2.40) are the pillars of the breakfast menu, and creative concoctions, including the banola bagel with banana, honey, granola, and a choice of peanut butter or cream cheese ($3.50), exude an enticing, experimental allure. Late-risers and night owls can satisfy cravings with an assortment of savory, café-style sandwiches, such as the curried chicken-salad wrap ($5), or the warm, turkey-bacon-guacamole panini, which is topped with avocado, melted together with asiago cheese, and kept zestfully keen with a cilantro and onion bite ($6.25).
Fabio's Italian Restaurant appeases appetites of all sizes and styles with a well-equipped kitchen and staff prepared to make fresh, authentic Italian cuisine to order and serve it up family-style. Hungry taste buds can peruse the comprehensive menu in search of pastas, Italian-style seafood, and sandwiches, while mouths in search of lighter fare can please their palates with heart-healthy creations that feature leaner proteins. Cast off on a Mediterranean meal cruise with a tongue-tempting appetizer, such as an order of stuffed portobello mushrooms, each brimming with fresh mozzarella, basil, and fresh diced tomatoes ($5.50). Entree options squelch the wild urges of untamed canines with savory forkfuls pan seared veal piccata plate-paired with capers and mushroom ($24.50) or tightly wound fork-spools of spaghetti alle cozze with sautéed black mussels ($22.50). Pay homage to Italy’s rich peninsular past with the Italian-style grilled tuna steak, which combines aquatic life and detailed preparation, much like the mermaid-themed mosaic in the Sistine Chapel’s lost and found office ($23). Complete culinary equations with flavor-flattering sides such as sautéed vegetables ($6) or homemade pasta slathered in alfredo or meat sauce ($6).
The Deli Downtown keeps it simple. They serve comforting American cuisine of baked-daily bagels, as well as inventive sandwiches made with tangy balsamic dressing, fresh mozzarella, smoked turkey, and homemade focaccia bread. An air of nostalgia permeates the restaurant, with its chessboard linoleum floors, silver-and-vinyl soda-fountain stools, and red-neon accents. The savory smells of toasted reuben and turkey-club sandwiches fill the remaining air as chefs labor at the panini press. For those who refuse to conform, diners can plot out their meal to perfect specificity with the build-your-own-sandwich menu.
Executive chef William Chen deftly wields his over 10 years of culinary experience as he crafts edible works of art at Mitsuba. Plates arrive at tables carefully layered with sushi rolls such as the colorful Mitsuba lobster roll, consisting of tempura lobster, avocado, mango, and marinated crabmeat. The Christmas roll, made up of fried shrimp, spicy tuna, and caviar, is a much better holiday treat than a visit from a money-seeking relative, and it comes with an eye-catching flower garnish. For cooked comestibles, diners need look no further than their own hibachi tables, which double as fiery surfaces upon which chefs sizzle filet mignon, salmon, and scallops.