After nearly 20 years under the command of Top Chef star Chef Carlos Fernandez, Hi-Life Café has recently ascended into a new realm under the rule of Chef Virgil Woodard, a master of new-wave American cuisine. According to a feature in the Sun Sentinel Woodard's training in architecture and keen eye for art and symmetry become apparent upon first glimpse of his dishes, each embellished with his signature hand-carved vegetable garnishes. Yet the ornate frills are only the start of the meal’s elegance. Fresh jalapeños packed with shrimp and wrapped in bacon—Cajun Kisses—prelude a full menu of classic American fare with an upscale twist. He transforms pastas with unique sauces, such as a southwestern spin on bolognese and a classic mushroom and madeira wine sauce infused with brie, and he pairs high-end strip steak, pork loin, and seafood with fresh, internationally inspired accoutrements.
The interior of Hi-Life Café mirrors the chic style of the entrees. Candlelight flickers across tasteful urban art photography from John Fifield and Streetmurals.net, creating the ideal ambiance for a dinner date or impromptu murder-mystery game. A granite-topped wine bar hosts a selection of sips, as well as fresh flower arrangements rivaled only by the elegant roses adorning each and every table.
The grill doyens at Commercial Point Cafe have made whipping up classic American eats a tradition of more than 28 years, anchoring plates with fresh ingredients during breakfast and lunch. Their selection of early-morning eats
Café Jamm's upscale comfort fare and daily chef-inspired specials are crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Cast eyes over the menu before summoning starters such as gruyere mac 'n' cheese stuffed with panko and bacon ($5) and crispy sweet-potato fries accompanied by three dipping sauces ($7). A chopped fresh garden salad laden with jack cheese, savory bacon, garbanzo beans and kalamata olives appeases a green tooth ($9), and a hearty roasted duck with a red-wine reduction glaze nests in a bed of fragrant jasmine rice ($25). A certified Angus new york strip steak rubbed with aromatic signature spices tests the abilities of blindfolded competitive smellers ($28), and the Café Jamm cheeseburger is dressed with garlic aioli, fresh seasoned spinach, and caramelized onions before going out in a toasted brioche bun ($11). Once inside Café Jamm's black- and white-splashed interior, slide up to a cozy table or plant stems at the bar to sip a tipple from the wine list.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.
Classic rolls and house-made focaccia and ciabatta bread embrace Adam's Subs Catering Co.'s 35+ hot and cold sub sandwiches. Hot subs, such as the meatball parm, join signature creations such as the "You Tuna Me On!" and the "Judge's Lunch," whose turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, and vegetables are hand-sliced by a bailiff. The kitchen team also prepares teriyaki- and ranch-slathered burgers and fajitas and quesadillas to complete the sandwich family. Adam's also dishes out hearty breakfast food, such as egg sandwiches, breakfast wraps, pancakes, and Manhattan Gourmet Coffee. Exposed brick and sleek corrugated metal lend an urban edge to the newly renovated dining room, whose cushioned booths and leather chair-circumscribed lounge area, equipped with free wi-fi, add a cozy feel.
At Kavasutra, guests chat with friends over cups of kava, a traditional root extract from the South Pacific celebrated for its soothing, sedative effects. Rather than impairing mental function like alcohol, kava merely relaxes the mind, allowing patrons to leave the worries of everyday life behind for a spell. Surrounded by cozy couches and Polynesian-inspired decor, visitors can lounge in an oasis of calm as they make new friends.