With its wood-paneled walls and chalkboard specials, Troy's Cafe and Marketplace provides a cozy, wifi-enabled spot to sip on a coffee or enjoy a light meal. Breakfasts of pancakes, lunches of classic BLT sandwiches, and elevensies of made-to-order salads top tables, sided by hot tea or foamy lattes. On occasion, live music entertains guests (call ahead for dates and times). Patrons can even take their favorite flavors home?true to the second part of its name, Troy's packages entrees and sides ready to be enjoyed at-home or on-the-go, and they also offer delivery. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Not every Italian restaurant needs baked ziti and eggplant parmigiana. At Zeppoleme, the chefs strive to create a hybrid, bistro-style setting that combines elements of a wine bar, a coffee house, and a trattoria underneath the same roof. Instead of designing a menu that incorporates dishes from every corner of the Italian peninsula, the chefs choose to present diners with a curated collection of dishes that is intended to spotlight the potential of a handful of items prepared with hand-crafted care, as well as the occasional modern touch.
Befitting its name, zeppole?Italian-style donuts?appear prominently on Zeppoleme's menu. The list includes the time-honored version so often seen in the kitchens of Italian homes and on the streets during the annual Feast of St. Joseph; however, the chefs also create their own version by folding ricotta into the dough, making the pastry lighter and fluffier than their traditional counterparts. As many as six different dipping sauces, including vanilla cream, Nutella, and lemon glaze, can accompany these zeppole for dessert. For a more savory take on the treat though, Zeppoleme also offers another modern innovation: appetizer-sized versions stuffed with hearty fillings, such as bacon, chives, and provolone.
Although the zeppole appear prominently on the menu and even attracted the attention of Food Network personality Giada de Laurentiis, the selection also features a number of heartier gourmet options. Butter-pressed panini include everything from spicy eggplant and goat cheese to broccoli rabe and beef short ribs that braise for a full 24 hours. Even the salads put on upscale spin on the expected, as evidenced by the classic caesar made with kale instead of standard iceberg filler.
Stopping in for a quick bite or a meal is always an option, although Zeppoleme also caters to the whims of passersby seeking a drink and an opportunity to lounge for a bit in a relaxed setting. Baristas make specialty espresso drinks while exclusively using beans from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and the bartenders keep spirits high full by pouring fresh glasses of wine straight from the taps. Even with its gourmet bistro spirit and festively vibrant decor, Zeppoleme never manages to lose "the friendly, drop-in culture that thrives here," according to the New York Times.
South Bay Market seamlessly blends freshly made sandwiches, salads, and prepared foods with the ambiance and ingredients of an upscale eatery. The counter houses prepared entrees such as pasta salads, Dr Pepper–coated ribs, and panko-crusted chicken cutlets. Behind the counter, a chef prepares custom salads by peppering greens with walnuts, mushrooms, avocado, or bacon and nestles turkey, roast beef, and grilled eggplant into sandwiches or wraps. While their food is being prepared, customers can browse a selection of drinks including juice or soda and snacks such as premier pretzels, north fork chips, or Tate's chocolate chip cookies before heading over to café tables to eat and play travel Twister.
Meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies line the counters and display cases at DaVinci Gourmet Market, where chefs draw upon a palette of fresh ingredients to compose take-home entrees and catered meals each day. To-go containers nearly overflow with wild-rice salad or crab cakes, and entrees of grilled salmon or roasted chicken make for ephemeral table centerpieces. The sun rises over omelets and traditional two-egg breakfasts, and the lunch menu’s specialty paninis invoke the Leaning Tower of Pisa with their stacked toppings and unstable groundwork of toasted ciabatta bread.
Bageltown Cafe, opened in February 2013, serves up coffee, tea, and classic deli cuisine. Patrons can order bagels smeared with scallion- or strawberry-infused cream cheeses, or opt for bialys and made-from-scratch baked sweets that are baked fresh each day. Cooks also grill panini sandwiches, prepare whitefish and lox salads, and sell Boar's Head meats and cheeses by the pound.
Java Crave Caffe invites visitors to take a seat at one of its granite-topped tables for a cup of coffee or a fresh-baked pastry. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the quaint cafe's hardwood floors and light mocha walls are bathed in sunlight. As visitors bask in the warm glow of the sun?which is a house cat's favorite activity, according to numerous Fancy Cat studies?baristas brew batches of coffees that are set out for self-service or create frothy cappuccinos and flavored lattes.