Beans and Vines whets appetites with a delectable selection of worldly vino, piquant sandwiches and paninis, and rich coffees. Pick a bottle from the carefully culled collection of wine; a charming Chilean bicentennial chardonnay ($30) or a smooth-talking Italian Monte Maria chianti ($30) will inspire romantic nights or induce sentimental phone calls to estranged vineyards.
Sweet Praise Bistro’s resident chefs harness handfuls of organic ingredients to conjure an internationally inclined menu, infusing classic American dishes with Caribbean flavors. Starters of smoked-salmon potatoes rev appetites' engines as the dish’s namesake components and a dollop of lemon-yogurt sauce mingle like social butterflies at a condiment convention. Guests can munch on mac 'n' cheese, whose triumvirate of pecorino romano, parmigiano, and fontina cheeses arrive with an entourage of shrimp and white-truffle oil. Chicken kebabs splay out a bed of rice pilaf nestled beneath a blanket of sweet chili sauce, which combines heat and sugar without the danger of dipping Oreos in a glass of lava. Sumptuous desserts cling to spoons for carriage into mouths, where they launch sneak attacks on unsuspecting sweet teeth.
Indian Road appeases edacious abdomens with tasty lunch and dinner options. Pacify overeager palates with entrees, such as the lobster mac & cheese—which is composed of lush lobster, macaroni pasta cloaked in an ambrosial four-cheese fusion, and truffle oil ($16)—or the vegetarian thai curry, a dish of brown rice, veggies, and torched tofu ($14). Indian Road also sports a capacious international suds selection with brews that include the French Kasteel Cru ($8) and Baltika Extra 9 lager from Russia ($7).
For Regina McRae, some of her fondest memories were days spent baking alongside her grandmother. So when she grew up, she knew there was only one thing she wanted to do: share her love of baking with others at her own bakeshop. And for the last 18 years she's been doing just that at her shop, Grandma's Secrets. There, she bakes up gooey brownies, her Grandmother's signature sweet potato pies, and custom cakes. She uses her grandmother's original recipes, so every cake is baked without preservatives or additives.
For her signature cakes, she crafts a variety of flavors, including red velvet, carrot, and sweet potato. And with certain flavors, she can even accommodates dietary restrictions with gluten-free, vegetarian, and diabetic-friendly recipes. For those looking to learn how to make their desserts both sweet and stylish, she offers classes that cover the basics of baking. She also shares her secrets for her more difficult techniques in advanced classes, which cover topics such as using fondant to make scenes, shaping cakes for children, and hiding the fact that there were two cakes here originally.
For more than 40 years, Terranova Bakery has romanced palates with the flavors of its authentic, coal-fired brick oven breads. Never polluting its Sicilian family recipes with modern preservatives or postmodern angst, the bakery has built an obsessive following of yeastaholics thanks to meticulously minded breadworks and dedication to splendid service. Every morning, Terranova whips up a flourishing spectacle of freshly floured fare, creating a selection of treats that includes immaculate kaiser rolls ($.35 each) and heroes ($.55 each) for creating worship-worthy sandwiches. Strike down hunger with scrumptious, crunchy baguettes ($1.35 each) and crusty, seeded bastones ($1.60 each), or create pizza’d perfection upon the foundation of Terranova’s large pizza crusts ($4 each) or large tomato foccacias ($3.75 each). Whether it’s bagels ($.40 each) for breakfast or 2 pounds of yeast ($1.50) for lunch, Terranova has everything to assuage even the crustiest critics.