Gray House Pies gorges pastry-seeking pilgrims with all-natural gooey, crusty goodness. Pies are created the old-fashioned way with fresh fruit, free-range eggs, bona fide sweet butter, and organic milk. The menu overflows with dessert and entree treats such as pumpkin pecan pie ($15–$20), apple and cheddar quiche ($13–$18), and mocha cream pie ($15–$20). Gray House also packs 27 pub pies—including Dahl pie, an Indian blend of lentils, rice, and curry spices; meatloaf and gravy pie; and spaghetti and meatballs pie ($3.75)—giving hungry hot-rodders a selection of savory spinners to fill their wheel wells.
The sandwich savants at Cyclone Pitas wrap fresh produce, high-quality meats, and an assortment of cheese in Mediterranean-style pita bread. Cyclone Pitas' breadsmiths bake their signature pitas on-site daily to maximize freshness and instill ovens with a diligent work ethic, and their doughy efforts encase a variety of fillings from the Brazen Bull's roast beef, horseradish, and pepper jack cheese ($6.95) to the thai chicken's spicy peanut sauce and avocado ($6.95). Vegetarian wraps include the Garden Grove, a mélange of cucumbers, sprouts, and sandwich-cementing vegetable spread ($5.95), and the Say Cheese, a cultured trio of provolone, swiss, and pepper jack drizzled in house dressing ($5.25). The restaurant also showcases 10-inch pita pizzas ($4.95–$6.95), thin crusts mounded with pizza's greatest hits such as barbecue chicken, pepperoni, and cassette singles of "Free Bird."
The focus of El Arepazo Y Pupuseria is right in its name: arepas and pupusas, two dishes native to Colombia and El Salvador, respectively. The recipes are similar, but seasoned with subtle regional differences. Chefs mix corn flour or masa with water and salt, forming the dough into patties that they lightly fry and fill with cheese, beef, or pork. They also fashion savory empanadas and steam tamales inside hatboxes. Entrees include options such as a plate with colombian sausage, pork, egg, avocado, and plantains, and come in large portions that encourage family-style dining.
Danny Boy's is a neighborhood, Rat Pack–themed Italian foodery with walls covered in records and photos of Frank Sinatra. Start a meal with garlic bread with cheese ($6.99) while perusing a classic Italian menu, which features salads, woogie melts, Rat Pack pizza starters, and more. The Hammy Davis Jr. stuffs sliced ham, ricotta, feta, fresh basil, tomatoes, house Italian dressing, cheddar, and crumbled bleu cheese into a baked doughy monument ($7.99). Frank's appetizer pizza pie is wall-to-wall EVOO, pepperoni, cheese, black olives, tomatoes, ricotta, and Italian spices ($8.99), and a plain cheese pizza ($9.99/six piece) can be customized with toppings, such as mushrooms, pineapple, and Canadian bacon. Uptown toppings, such as meatballs, artichoke hearts, and grilled shrimp ($1.50–$7.50) turn any standard disc into a visually stimulating feast.
Cravings Cafe percolates flavorful, full-bodied coffee with 100% Arabica beans secured from a local roaster to sip with gourmet sandwiches and fresh soups. Under the gaze of original artwork, baristas skillfully concoct foamy cappuccinos or decadent mexican hot chocolates and tastefully garnish each cup with a monster-truck Micro Machine ($2–$4). Small bowls of soup du jour ($2.99) tempt palates with bursts of earthy, jour flavor, and turkey sandwiches pop with basil- and parmesan-infused pesto ($5.99). On Thursday evenings, diners can munch falafel wraps ($5.99) as they scrutinize the prowess of amateur entertainers who rendezvous at the café's open-mic night, where host Ramon Rivas invites patrons to read poetry, sing songs, and lip-synch to a laugh track.