It's clear that Socra Tea's priorities are tea and art. Part teahouse, part art gallery, Socra Tea also cares about where that tea and art comes from?all its teas are USDA-certified organic and fair trade, and all the paintings, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, and other art are made by locals. Along with its focus on the environment and local artists, Socra Tea aims to accommodate visitors by offering gluten-free desserts and nondairy milk options, including almond milk.
In the kitchen of Half Time Cafe, you won't find a fryer, or even a freezer. That's because everything on the menu is made fresh and to-order, from the melty chicken quesadilla to a cool quinoa salad mixed with fresh veggies. Freshly brewed coffee is available all day, alongside espresso drinks such as americanos and lattes, as well as wraps and sandwiches lined with just-cracked eggs, tomato, crisp spinach, and feta cheese.
Byblos Cafe and Grill pays homage to its namesake ? the city of Byblos, Lebanon ? with Lebanese dishes served beneath arched doorways that recall Lebanese architecture. Ornate chandeliers, blush-hued pillars, and walls painted with faux stone surround guests as they dine on the same Mediterranean fare at both of the eatery?s two locations. Skewers hold marinated chicken and lamb while the grill leaves its imprint. Falafel is served with a side of hummus, either wrapped in a pita or stuffed, like a love letter from a short-order cook, inside a burger bun. Classic Lebanese dishes, from meat shawarma to grape leaves, also arrive in the form of a toasted wrap.
Understanding how difficult it can be to eat healthfully while participating in the daily grind, Salad 101's owners contribute quick solutions to the community bustling around Midtown. The menu boasts seven gourmet sandwiches, including the turkey and swiss, eight hot paninis, and the Wayne State Reuben drizzled in russian dressing and geography-quiz answers. Soups include a piping-hot daily special, and a full salad bar lets diners craft their own greeny medleys. With 10 premade salads to go, such as a fattoush bouquet, Salad 101's staff enables patrons to eat well when too busy to dine in or rent their own chef.
Red Smoke Barbecue, located in the heart of Greektown, brings the sweet and savory flavors of barbecue to the people of Detroit in a restaurant that has a quirky, fun atmosphere. Step inside and admire the whimsical-yet-humorous décor, then be seated and get ready for the meal of a lifetime. Try the Texas beef brisket, which is smoked for more than half a day before being served atop Texas toast and served to you. If you love ribs, Red Smoke offers several styles to suit your palate. Finish off the meal with a slice of mile-high key lime pie or tiramisu and leave the establishment with a satisfied smile upon your lips (and maybe a little barbecue sauce). Red Smoke caters, too, so call to find out about how you can bring Red Smoke to your next special event.
OPUS Bar, located within the lavish OPUS Hotel Vancouver, loads its lounge with an eclectic ensemble of light bar fare and a fierce variety of palatable potables. Properly prep stomachs for the delightful drinkables with an "O" Bite such as the pecorino fries, an upscale interpretation of crispy fries accented by luxurious black-truffle oil, chives, and grated pecorino cheese ($9). Dredge crispy squid through decadent kewpie mayo and exotic sweet-chili-sauce terrain before disassembling the makeshift dozers with one swift bite ($9), or nosh on a plate of tandoori wings, spiced with a zesty butter-chicken sauce ($9). Lifestyle cocktails invite guests to analyze their alter egos, pairing fictional personalities with fun drinks, while OPUS's hand-crafted specialties sprinkle drinkable sundaes with cherries, lasers, and precious metals. The Summer Sun places Maker's Mark, calvados, vermouth, and bronze powder into a libation that is both potent and pretty ($16.50), and the Pacific Spa compiles Hendrick's gin, vermouth, rose water, smoked sea salt, silver flakes, and cucumber ($16.50). A quality selection of wines, whiskey, and single malts is also available.