Locally produced artwork lines the walls of this charming neighborhood café, and organic, fair-trade coffees fill the air with frothy fragrances. The life cycle of each health-conscious menu item is quite short, as each selection is made to order and swiftly served to the detachable jaws of voracious vertebrates. Accelerate over midday speed bumps with an asian chicken salad, tossed with mandarin-orange-ginger dressing ($7.95). A signature espresso drink, such as the white-berry mocha, tickles tired brains back to life with an uncommon combo of chocolate and fruit flavors ($3.10 for 16 oz.). At dinnertime, bacon-starved stomachs can be sated with a filet mignon in a demi-glace sauce, floating in clouds of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). Menu items and drink lists change regularly, so stop in to Cgrape and see what’s cooking, brewing, and pouring.
Chef Jay Gillmore has years of restaurant-experience at restaurants such as Cru, Bistro 41, and Bacchus and knows that sometimes it's best to focus on doing just a few simple things really well. So, as the captain of the kitchen at Restoratives Cafe, he specializes in transforming raw, fresh ingredients into sandwiches that range from classic reubens to pork tacos and tortas stuffed with slow-braised beef brisket. A handful of refreshing salads and hearty soups fill out the rest of the menu. Thanks to a recent renovation, the eatery's atmosphere complements the playful quality of the food: the walls are covered with local art, and both the café's name and menu are scrawled carefully across large chalkboards.
In 1977, Sam and Zlata Savich opened their first storefront, where they showcased pastries from their native Yugoslavia alongside international delicacies picked up throughout their baking careers. These days, Sam and Zlata's pastry legacy continues to rise with an expanded menu that now features full breakfast and lunch alongside poppyseed danishes, Eastern European cookies known as kalochis, individual cheesecakes, and fudge brownies. They also make fresh bread by hand every day—without any preservatives—before transforming slices of their rustic sourdough or banana bread into pillowy servings of French Toast for breakfast or a mid-marathon snack.
Cool Hand Luc's handcrafted line-up of vegan-friendly and classic ice creams seduces taste buds without the use of preservatives, artificial colors, or mean-spirited limericks about sorbet. An extensive topping bar, featuring handmade hot fudge, stands ready to adorn the ever-rotating organic flavors, and a menu of baked vegan treats and fair-trade coffee stands ready to suit the dietary needs of the scoop-averse. Treat tongues to a double-dip of vegan chocolate ice cream ($3.25), or warm up your caffeine tank with a 16oz. mocha ($3.50), or tea latte ($3). Today's deal allows frosty dreamers to purchase up to three Groupons, which can arm you with enough scoop-able power to win the undying adoration of everyone around you for at least three days.
The kitchen magicians at MarLiDa's Diner conjure comfort-fare classics from breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Pot roast ($8.95) teams with red potatoes and carrots to quell the first rumblings of stomach rebellions, and dinner helpings of meat loaf ($8.95) fill bellies with equal amounts of meat and nostalgia. More than 20 sandwich options swarm lunch hours, including the Haley's Comet ($6.95), which sends roast beef, provolone, and bacon-horseradish dressing rocketing across a pressed croissant. People who haven't hit snooze too many times on their roosters can breakfast on biscuits and gravy ($4.99), which douses two buttermilk breadballs in sausage gravy and charges two cooked-to-order eggs with escorting them tableward. A kids' menu ensures little mouths are fed with favorites including chicken fingers with fries and applesauce or cottage cheese ($2.99).