Cafe Bravo edifies flavor-craving tongues with an expansive menu of sophisticated tastes served up in a casual dining atmosphere. Adventurous eaters can tour the deserts of the Middle East without succumbing to dehydration or endlessly chasing mirage camel caravans with a selection of succulent shish kebab plates, including chicken, beef, lamb, and pork, paired up with charbroiled vegetables and pita bread ($6.50–$8.50). Hug meaty delights in an embrace of fresh Armenian bread with a kebab sandwich, a choice piece of skewer candy smothered in cilantro, tomatoes, and a drizzle garlic sauce ($4.75–$6). Herbivores and brontosauruses lost in time can mash a smattering of vegetarian delicacies between their molars, including a veggie kebab ($6) or a falafel wrap ($5).
The specialty pizzas at Pizza Pie Eatery break the mold. While diners will find familiar staples such as the Hawaiian pizza or BBQ chicken pizza, they might be surprised by some of the other options. The Greek pizza floods the palate with Mediterranean flavors, culled from feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes, and the Mexican pizza draws together mozzarella and cheddar along with jalapenos and meatballs. Diners also choose from fresh-made sandwiches as well as traditional pasta dishes and gluten-free fare.
Sipan Bakery and Cafe's cooks stuff pita bread with falafel balls, hummus, and authentic Lebanese spices and fill crispy boerek pastry crusts with potatoes, meat, and feta cheese. After meals, customers can sweeten palates with baklava morsels and fashion radio-antenna helmets from leftover scraps of tinfoil.
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.
Just looking at the quaint interior of Marys Little House of Coffee, you might give the impression that it is a cherry little spot to sip on a latte and get some work done. But the chefs manning the kitchen do more than just whip up scones, providing Middle Eastern delicacies that complement their pours of espresso and fruity smoothies. In the morning, guests can find eggs, Armenian-style pizzas, as well as the sweet aroma of sahleb, a warm cinnamony drink made popular by street vendors in the former Ottoman empire. As the day progresses, chefs turn their attention to delicacies such as tongue sandwiches, stuffed grape leaves, and baklava, curating a café menu that plays up the flavors of the East and traditional Western favorites.
The Spot offers gourmet grub on the go, like a phalanx of soldiers catapulting pâté into enemy forts. Its menu of tantalizing takeout includes appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts for a variety of palettes and preferences. Enjoy a dozen mushroom pot stickers with spicy Thai sauce ($9) or swirl a whirlpool into a quart of The Spot's artichoke dip with tortilla chips ($13). The Spot serves up home-style family pleasers such as quarter tins of meat lasagna ($14), vegetable lasagna ($10), and wild-mushroom lasagna ($12), as well as beef enchiladas ($2 each), meatloaf ($14), and succulent pesto-crushed salmon ($8 for a 5-ounce piece). Cap off your meal with The Spot's bread pudding with whiskey sauce ($9), sized for splitting between two or three diners. If you've already got your everyday meals covered, you can put the value of your Groupon toward a custom catered dinner party, X-Files fan-fiction recitation, or your next Blogging About Clogging club meeting.