The Pino name has been a Highland Park mainstay since the inaugural Pino's grocery opened nearly 100 years ago. Its current incarnation is Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar, a specialty outfit that purveys wine, beer, liquor, and gift baskets. Here, customers can sample craft brews and internationally sourced wines at the newly opened tasting bar or take home an elegant gift basket of edible goodies, such as artisan salsas, tapenades, and popcorn.
With a menu that includes hot and cold specialties, sushi and sashimi, and deep-fried delicacies, Midori Sushi has a dish to suit any taste. Meals can begin with cool, crispy, spicy lobster rolls or crispy Japanese chips topped with tuna and Scottish salmon. From there, things warm up with a steak-and-chicken hibachi dinner or a plate of Chilean-sea-bass teriyaki. Those who prefer their heat in the form of spice can try the Volcano roll, testing their taste buds’ strength against yellowfin tuna dressed with two kinds of spicy sauce. Those in search of noodle-based nourishment can dig into bowls of beef or chicken yaki udon or order a side of hibachi noodles to complement any dish or weave into a tasteful hibachi basket.
Roberts Florals owners Mark Froehlich and Doug Otrimski each have more than 30 years of experience in floral design. Inside their bloom-filled shop, they craft bouquets that reflect each client's personal tastes. Patrons can also browse their selection of fragrant candles, gourmet chocolate, and other gifts.
The Old Bay Restaurant takes diners on a savory sojourn to New Orleans with a menu of Cajun cuisine served in a Mardi Gras-inspired atmosphere. Commence the evening by munching on gator balls—a blend of alligator tail meat, pork, and seasonings rolled into mini meatballs, and simmered in a fiery sauce piquant ($9)—or the boneless chicken, tasso ham, andouille sausage jambalaya ($14). To unmeat any meal, the chefs also combine roasted eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and pesto sauce in order to fortify the flavors of the vegetable Napoleon evangelia ($15).
New York Bagel Café & Deli offers a full assortment of fresh bagels—from sesame to asiago to French toast—as well as specially crafted artisan sandwiches. Browse the intriguing bagel combinations on the multifaceted menu before deciding whether to nosh on a bagel bereft of toppings ($0.90) or taste one with a protective slathering of plain cream cheese ($1.79, including the bagel) or flavored cream cheese ($2.95, including the bagel) in flavors such as veggie, scallion, and blueberry. Lunchtime hunger havers can latch onto cold sandwiches packed with Boar’s Head deli meat—such as the Junior ($6.49), loaded with roast Beef, arugula, and tomato on an onion roll—or choose from a bevy of burgers ($4.99–$5.99) or an assortment of sloppy Joes ($7.49). Morning or afternoon, coffee ($1.50/12 oz.), cappuccino ($2.75/12 oz.), and espresso ($1.75/single) deliver the delightful jolt required to outwit raccoons in high-stakes games of hide-and-seek.