The Fruited Plain Café's amiable staff lures eaters with an eclectic menu of made-to-order breakfast classics and hearty sandwiches crafted with fresh ingredients. Recharge sluggish neurons with morning-time edibles such as the egg sandwich—fortified with the choice of bacon, sausage, or Taylor ham ($3.25)—or the egg-laden hashbrown wrap brimming with meat and cheese ($4.50). Diners can muffle afternoon stomach laments with a hot bun swaddler, such as the philly cheesesteak ($6.50) or BLT ($4.75). Or, choose a sandwich from Fruited Plain’s selection of specialty creations, ranging from the avocado-speckled Vermont cheddar ($6) to the light and airy Hart’s Favorite ($6.50), a comestible construction stacking together roasted turkey breast, brie, cranberry mustard, and greens. The Fruited Plain also dishes out daily soup specials ($2.89), grills up half-pound burgers ($5.50–$6.75), and rolls together wraps such as the spicy buffalo chicken, an enswathement of breaded chicken tenders, blue-cheese dressing, and hot sauce squeezed fresh from the udders of lava-grazing bison ($6).
Whether visiting for a full meal or just a cookie and some laptop time, visitors to The Rack are greeted by three things: friendly staffers, the smell of coffee, and a plush, eclectic assortment of cozily mismatched sofas and pillows. Here, the ambiance commands just as much attention as the food. As sunlight streams in through street-facing windows, baristas whip foamy espressos, balance gooey slices of cherry pie atop utensils, and press sandwiches into savory paninis. Breakfast offerings include grits, biscuits, and veggie sausage, while lunch leans toward mango-topped Jerk Smoke'n Bird paninis, salads, and wings. All of this can be enjoyed with iced coffee, fruit smoothies, or protein shakes.
The Wellness Juice Bar mixes together healthy concoctions packed with potential benefits, including weight loss, increased energy, and healthier skin and hair. Stationed inside West Orange Products and Services (WOPAS) Networking, the juice bar uses fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs to craft its drinks. The selection includes holistic extracted juices, which are fiber free, and smoothies, which are made with fresh fruit and almond, soy, or coconut milk. Customers can further energize their drink with extra shots of protein, fiber, or antioxidants, such as acai and mangosteen.
Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention for more than five years, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. The shop earned a place atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains. Red Mango showcases its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat—that promote healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. The toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.
Though it only recently opened its doors, Blue Sky Cafe has already carved out a niche as a neighborhood hangout. The laid-back eatery doesn't rely on juice mixes and canned veggies?instead, it creates juices brimming with carrots, apples, oranges, and beets, and dresses its wraps and sandwiches with vegetables fresh from the ground or plucked directly from lettuce trees. The cafe uses freshly baked bread, brews coffee on site, and even caters to events, including meetings and graduations.
Though she's one of five hosts of ABC's food talk show, The Chew, Carla Hall has no trouble standing out from the crowd. You can tell her apart from her cohosts, such as restaurateur Mario Batali and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, in numerous ways: her funky glasses, her penchant for calling out "hootie hoo," or, perhaps most unique of all, her love of homestyle comfort-food cooking.?
Born in Nashville, Hall specializes in Southern staples, made with French techniques she perfected at Maryland's L'Academie de Cuisine. Her creations earned her a slot on two seasons of Bravo's Top Chef, where she earned raves from the judges for her gumbo. The secret behind the stellar dish? Cooking with love. Hall believes the chef's feelings shine through in the food, which is why angry people can only make hot sauce. Hall still cooks with love today, too, whipping up bite-size sweet and savory cookies and creating original recipes for her cookbooks. She recently announced the development of her very first restaurant?Carla Hall?s Southern Kitchen?slated to open in New York City next year. A fast-casual love letter to Nashville, the restaurant will feature iconic Nashville hot chicken and southern sides, which are anchored by Hall?s family recipes and perfected with her personal touches.