With deli-inspired soup and sandwich fare and a burger selection featuring beef, chicken, salmon, and vegetarian options, A Taste Gourmet offers a menu full of traditional American cuisine with an epicurean twist. The Plain Jane burger ($7.50) wins over once-shallow taste buds with its inner beauty and a healthy dollop of the bistro's signature sauce, while the French Dip ($7.95) takes roast beef and provolone on a beret-first plunge into savory au jus. Purchasers also receive 10% off of products from the bistro's gourmet grocery, which offers more than 40 international meats and cheeses, wine and beer from the Old and New Worlds, and more British imports than an American cricket tournament.
All meats, sauces, rubs, and sides are made from scratch at Boss Hawgs BBQ Express, where Texas–style dry-rub barbecue is cooked slow and served fast. Chef Tom Slagle's more than 30 years of culinary experience is evident in the hearty menu, from the hand-pulled pork sandwich, sporting meat smoked for more than 18 hours ($6.75), to sliders, reducing a protein-packed barbecue love note to a short, sweet limerick ($3). St. Louis–style ribs are served with boss sauce on the side ($14/half-rack) and arrive accompanied by a range of homemade accouterments, including Grannies Mac salad ($2.25/half-pint), Sweeties coleslaw ($2.25/half-pint), and a fresh-baked corn muffin ($0.50 each). Boss' beef-brisket sandwiches—also slow-cooked for more than 15 hours—are rubbed with secret spices, whispered to cooks in ongoing games of telephone ($6.75 each).
Beyond a comfortable, classic façade of bare brick and warmly-lit windows, Gridiron Sports Bar & Grill houses revelers hoisting frothy glasses of beer and relishing the smoky, savory aroma of hearty American fare. Traeger grills sear strip steaks until they're ready to share their nutritional value with diners and feed the bar's eight meat-fueled HDTVs, whose large screens flicker with the likes of football, basketball, and celebrity euchre. Beers domestic and imported (including microbrewed options) work with wine and cocktails to keep palates clean and the atmosphere lighthearted. Breakfast hits the tables from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends; patrons under 21 are welcome to hang out in the family-friendly pub until 8 p.m. daily.
The tearoom at Scatter Joy brims with quaint touches, from the brightly polished silver spoons guests use to stir their tea to the pink roses that decorate many of the teapots stationed at each cozy table. The stout teapots release aromatic steam that carries the scent of loose green, black, or decaffeinated tea throughout the shop. Feminine plates hold artful arrays of tearoom specialties, including scones, fresh salads finger sandwiches shaped into delicate triangles or to-scale replicas of the queen’s fingers. Guests can sit down to a luncheon or, with advance notice, enjoy traditional high tea service where they can enjoy multiple courses of salads, sandwiches, scones, tapas, and desserts.
The cowboy on the Stockman's Cafe sign may look sinister, but don't let his appearance fool you—he's pointing the way toward a fresh, home-cooked meal. So fresh, in fact, that the chefs at Stockman’s Cafe use their own grass-fed, hormone-free cattle to make burgers, which they embellish with bacon, housemade onion straws, and mozzarella cheese. When they aren't rustling up biscuits and gravy for breakfast or grilling new york steaks, they bake strawberry shortcake and cinnamon rolls, happily adapting dishes for customers with dietary restrictions, such as diabetes, gluten allergies, or an intolerance of foods starting with the letter ‘s’.