Steeped in centuries of rich tradition, Italian cuisine relies on quality ingredients and simple preparations to yield beautifully bold flavors. Since 1983, the chefs of Nello’s Cafe have drawn on such traditions to fill their extensive menu with Old-World staples such as lasagna and seafood diavolo, which they serve alongside burgers and other American fare.
The dining room at Pantry Restaurant feels like a home kitchen; that is, if home kitchens typically had walls made of rolling pins and muffin tins. The decor takes quaint Americana and puts it through a spin cycle, ending up with silverware dangling like chandeliers. The same approach to Americana can be said of the cuisine. There's a traditional bacon cheeseburger, but also a bacon burger with a patty made of scallops. There's a 10 oz. aged striploin, but also grilled salmon with risotto verde and preserve lemon crema. If you can't decide what to order, maybe the dining room's TVs will provide serendipitous direction. They run episodes of cooking shows such as Julia Child's The French Chef, Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals, and Graham Kerr's The Galloping Gourmet, all of which might inspire a craving for a particular dish or a desire to remodel your kitchen into a TV set.
The Cake Bar can fulfill all your sweet needs, whether it's a custom cake for a birthday party or a frosting shot for a quick burst of sugar. This bakery creates artistic cakes decorated into any shape desirable. These 2D and 3D creations include a gown on a dress form, Elmo in a wagon, and a realistic leather purse. For an everyday treat, cupcakes come in 13 flavors including coconut cream pie and sticky toffee. Patrons can sit at one of the cafe tables and sip on espresso or calming herbal tea while tackling a plate of triple chocolate cake truffles or contemplating the nature of icing.
The deft meal makers at Café Dolce craft traditional café fare with ingredients culled from local farms, all served alongside delectable coffee and fine tea. Hot and cold beverages stimulate patrons' groggy bodies and enable them to climb into their office via window. Morning and afternoon munchers snack on bagel sandwiches like the smoked salmon bagel with capers, garlic-herb cream cheese, vine-ripe tomatoes, and red onion ($9.50), and others enjoy eggwiches made with meats such as bacon ($3.50) or pancetta ($4.50). Breakfast eats include the Dolcé French toast, made with challah bread ($6), as well as a more straightforward egg-on-toast plate ($8), called "Birds in a Nest" in honor of the animals that originally wrote the Constitution.
Dorset Café caters to tea-lovers and coffee connoisseurs alike with a plethora of warm, caffeine-laced beverages, as well as flaky pastries and gourmet sandwiches. Replenish the energy zapped by rapid eye movement and sleepwaltzing with a hearty choice from the breakfast menu, such as whole-wheat waffles ($8.95) or a hot pizzette with chevre goat cheese, bartlett pear, and maple ($8.95). Sippers can soothe their mouths from the stress of early-morning chewing with a steamy beverage, such as a large cup of special-reserve, single-origin coffee ($2.35) or a personal pot of loose-leaf black tea ($3.50). The stomach’s midday grumblings turn into afternoon applause thanks to selections from Dorset's lunch menu, which includes vegetarian quiche ($8.95) and gourmet sandwiches (starting at $6.95) that allow diners to choose their bread, fillings, and toppings, creating a lunch as unique as the snowflake fingerprints snowmen leave at their icy crime scenes.
The comestibles on the menu at A Little Something… are crafted from mostly all-natural ingredients. Most items are made completely from scratch, and low-cholesterol creations are readily available. An ever-changing selection of muffins feeds a steady stream of hungry mouths ($1.75 each). Fresh-baked, low-fat Irish raisin scones ($1.75 each) are traditionally served dipped in warm Guinness while loudly chanting Celtic ballads, but A Little Something… takes a more contemporary route, offering cups of hot flavored coffee instead ($1.55–$1.98). Get your grill on with a multigrain breakfast panini, stuffed with your choice of all-natural ham or bacon, omega-3 eggs, and melted cheese ($4.75), or a hammy Reuben ($6.79) with smoked ham, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on fresh wholegrain flat bread.