Well-versed in the world of Indian cuisine, Bollywood Cafe's chefs prepare rich, creamy Punjabi-style curries and chaat—small, savory snacks sold on the streets of Bombay—with equal skill. They simmer nine vegetables with spices to make navratan korma and griddle succulent slices of lamb for biryani. Servers arrange these dishes on tables draped with white linens, pairing meals with cold drinks and desserts such as mango ice cream.
The Galleria Cafe satisfies taste buds with a variety of soups and sandwiches. Build-your-own sandwiches come on a variety of breads, including Rye, pumpernickel, wheat, and more, with a variety of fillings such as roast beef, chicken salad, and turkey. These sandwiches can be paired with a rotating selection of 30 different soups, such as baked potato and crab bisque. The caf? also serves specially coffees, including cappuccinos and espressos, and fresh-fruit smoothies.
CupSide Down Cafe, located within Five Rivers Market, serves up a menu of specialty café drinks and fresh, healthy dishes for breakfast and lunch. In the morning, cooks bake quiches and slice fresh fruit for greek-yogurt parfaits. Later in the day, they prepare flavorful soups and salads and grill panini sandwiches. Patrons can take treats to go or lounge on stools positioned along a blond-wood bar.
Ramona Fantini tasted her first spoonful of gelato while vacationing in Florence, Italy, in 2002. She was immediately taken with the cold, smooth dessert, and knew that people back home in America would love it too. So when she returned from her vacation, she left her corporate position and opened Pino Gelato. At her shop, artisans use a precise technique and special equipment to concoct small batches of the Italian dessert, blending fresh fruit, actual espresso, and other wholesome ingredients with milk. The result is a treat that is denser and lower in fat than ice cream, and unlike ice cream, doesn't cause everyone to scream.
In the years since Fantini starting making gelato, her business has expanded to multiple locations throughout the Southeast. At each shop, her baristas scoop gelato and dairy-free sorbetto into cups and cones and brew specialty café drinks to pair with pastries. At lunchtime, patrons can bite into an unconventional snack lauded by the Food Network: handheld cones of pizza crust filled with mozzarella, tomato sauce, and other savory ingredients.
The velvety, almost liquid-like sounds of brass instruments flood The Jazz Corner. Tinkling pianos, playful clarinets, and wailing guitars can also be heard forming everything from swing and bebop to Dixieland and Rhythm & Blues. The jazz club keeps its lineup of musicians fresh and has hosted the extraordinary talents of George Shearing, Freddie Cole, and Bucky Pizzarelli. These eclectic sounds are one reason The Jazz Corner was named one of the top 150 great jazz rooms in the world by Down Beat. The other reason is the restaurant's fine-dining menu, which features artisanal dishes of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, marmalade duck breast, and she-crab soup. Bartenders up the ante with jazz-themed cocktails, including Count Basie's Cosmo with Chambord-flavored vodka.
When Skillets Café opened in 1994, its moniker reflected its sole mission: to serve up seafood-heavy breakfasts, made from scratch, in porcelain skillets. The name has stuck, but it no longer does justice to the wide array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare that now resides on Skillets’ menu. Servers still dish out seafood omelets and crepes, skillets of potatoes and poached eggs, and stuffed french toast, but they do so at all hours, or at least until the rooster crows at midnight. And at lunch and dinner, morning dishes are joined by sandwiches and hearty entrees such as shrimp and grits, grilled meatloaf, and filet mignon. Out on the patio, humans can dig into comforting meals while seated beside their pooches, which are welcome to chow down on items from the doggy menu.