Coral Palm Cafe's owner and chef Quirino 'Warren" Chiapparelli assembles signature Southern Italian dishes from both local and imported ingredients, serving platters to lilting Mediterranean tunes in an intimate dining room. Chicken, pork, or veal parmesan stews carnivorous centerpieces in hand-prepped marinara sauce ($17–$18), while the fettuccine all' Amatriciana's ($17) sautéed pasta ribbons swaddle bites of pancetta and prosciutto when they are not moonlighting as cummerbunds. During lunch hours, potato pancake Reuben and hot turkey po boy hero sandwiches ($11) canoodle with soup, salad, or fries. Guests can play matchmaker between meals and a roster of red and white wines, such as the Aquinas cabernet from Napa Valley ($35), then hollow out a chocolate-mousse-filled cannoli ($4) to fashion a fife whose tones summon bouncing marshmallow peeps.
At The Grind Coffee House & Roaster, the coffee drinks come hot or cold, basic or advanced. So, in addition to a regular cup of joe, guests can treat themselves to hazelnut coffee or white mochas with whipped cream. The elegantly appointed cafe boasts cozy booths canopied by exposed brick arches, and pervasive earth tones and wood accents hint at the coffee being brewed backstage. But the shop offers food, too. Breakfast fare and sandwiches for lunch bring in patrons beyond the aggressive americano crowd.
Pineapple-spice muffins, asian noodle soup, and Boar's Head roast-beef sandwiches with swiss cheese, pear, and balsamic vinegar. These are just a few of the recent offerings at The Coffee Cup, where a chef whips up new treats each day. The café's baristas pour freshly brewed coffee, cappuccinos, and specialty café drinks such as salted-caramel lattes, and music fills the air on open-mic nights.
In 1977, Sam and Zlata Savich opened their first storefront, where they showcased pastries from their native Yugoslavia alongside international delicacies picked up throughout their baking careers. These days, Sam and Zlata's pastry legacy continues to rise with an expanded menu that now features full breakfast and lunch alongside poppyseed danishes, Eastern European cookies known as kalochis, individual cheesecakes, and fudge brownies. They also make fresh bread by hand every day—without any preservatives—before transforming slices of their rustic sourdough or banana bread into pillowy servings of French Toast for breakfast or a mid-marathon snack.
Cool Hand Luc's handcrafted line-up of vegan-friendly and classic ice creams seduces taste buds without the use of preservatives, artificial colors, or mean-spirited limericks about sorbet. An extensive topping bar, featuring handmade hot fudge, stands ready to adorn the ever-rotating organic flavors, and a menu of baked vegan treats and fair-trade coffee stands ready to suit the dietary needs of the scoop-averse. Treat tongues to a double-dip of vegan chocolate ice cream ($3.25), or warm up your caffeine tank with a 16oz. mocha ($3.50), or tea latte ($3). Today's deal allows frosty dreamers to purchase up to three Groupons, which can arm you with enough scoop-able power to win the undying adoration of everyone around you for at least three days.
The kitchen magicians at MarLiDa's Diner conjure comfort-fare classics from breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Pot roast ($8.95) teams with red potatoes and carrots to quell the first rumblings of stomach rebellions, and dinner helpings of meat loaf ($8.95) fill bellies with equal amounts of meat and nostalgia. More than 20 sandwich options swarm lunch hours, including the Haley's Comet ($6.95), which sends roast beef, provolone, and bacon-horseradish dressing rocketing across a pressed croissant. People who haven't hit snooze too many times on their roosters can breakfast on biscuits and gravy ($4.99), which douses two buttermilk breadballs in sausage gravy and charges two cooked-to-order eggs with escorting them tableward. A kids' menu ensures little mouths are fed with favorites including chicken fingers with fries and applesauce or cottage cheese ($2.99).