For a classic slice of Americana, customers need only to cross the threshold of Mel's Diner. Hungry diners can pull up to the counter or at a table to order from a menu of classic diner food. And this kitchen takes care in crafting every meal. The crew roast turkeys and smokes ribs in house and uses their very own hands to bread fish and patty burgers. A locally sourced menu of fresh grouper, salmon, New York strip steak, and natural chicken breast offers a variety of flavorful protein options. The eatery sates morning appetites as well, with fluffy just-baked biscuits covered in housemade gravy instead of yesterday's coffee.
Lil Italy Bistro?s chefs decorate pizza pies as wide as 18 inches with discs of pepperoni, seasonal veggies, and a smattering of cheeses. The Italian-influenced chefs follow family recipes when they build the layers of lasagna and bread veal and chicken cutlets for parmigiana dishes. For lighter appetites, the chefs tuck sweet and savory sausage into sub sandwiches and serve Italian wedding soup in a traditional wedding envelope. Ruby red curtains cover the walls in the dining room, matching the red umbrellas and chairs that decorate the outdoor patio.
A portrait of Frida Kahlo hangs in the dining room at La Casa de Frida, almost as if she's the patron saint watching over all the meals prepared here. It makes sense. There's definitely an artistic element to some of their dishes?avocado slices are fanned out over a colorful sombrero salad, and a cube of flan is encircled by violets, berries, and dots of fruit sauce. The rest of the menu includes classic Mexican dishes, such as burritos and quesadillas, as well as more exotic entrees, like octopus tostadas and tongue-meat tortas.
Bernwood Grille & Catering Co. serves up an eclectic array of breakfast and lunch dishes. Breakfast is served all day, so both early risers and night owls can enjoy items such as greek omelets, blueberry pancakes, and vanilla-cinnamon french toast. Afternoon eats include gyro meals, a blackened chicken Waldorf salad, and homemade soups. Bernwood's culinary creations are also available as custom catered meals for events and corporate functions of any size.
To reach Randy's Paradise Shrimp cafe, seafood has to make an epic journey. Randy's flies in its lobsters from Maine, gets pink shrimp straight from the Gulf, and grabs other seafood?from grouper to tripletail?not long after it arrives on the docks, delivered by fishermen and business-savvy pelicans. From there, the chefs work delicious wonders with the fresh ingredients, cooking up fish tacos and filling baskets with deep-fried grouper fingers. The cafe also sells fresh seafood and gourmet grocery items to take home, including al dente pasta and seafood dips.
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.