Proprietor Giti Henrie entices gourmands with delectable locally sourced café fare and cupcakes, sans added hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Fork into breakfast with the crab-cake eggs bennie, a dungeness crab cake layered with canadian bacon, poached eggs, avocado, and a lemon-hollandaise sweepstakes prize ($12), or savor the oven-baked french toast with brandied caramel sauce and fresh blueberries ($8). The mushroom bacon burger ($10) or the Surf's Up burger, with spicy shrimp, pancetta, avocado, and chili sauce ($12), melt the mouth and inspire the plastering of bovine pin-up posters around one's kitchen. If sharing is on the agenda, opt for the tuscan pizza ($10), a bubbly-baked dough disk slathered with marinara sauce, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, and a feta-mozzarella cheese blend.
Though it's been a family secret since 1936, Mangia Mangia owners Emilio and Maria Dacoba award ample clues to guests who come dine at their tables topped with red-and-white checkered cloths. The secret's in the sauce—specifically, Nonna Rosa's spaghetti sauce, a family favorite that flavors many of Mangia Mangia's dishes. Along with creating Italian feasts the traditional way using family recipes, the duo caters to dietary restrictions with gluten-free pasta options and gluten-free crusts on some of their pizzas. For parties too large for the normal dining room or too devoted to wearing hoop skirts, Mangia Mangia also offers a 70-seat banquet room, an ideal locale for family reunions and rehearsal dinners.
Barista Blues West styles itself after an Italian café, creating a place where guests can sip and dine as they catch up with old friends. From the early hours of the morning onward, the staff creates the fresh-baked goods, soup du jour, and deli sandwiches that come stocked with more layers of meat than a linebacker on an all-kebab football team. As guests savor their meals with a hot tea or a bubbly italian soda, they can socialize at a sunny table or watch musician Michael Angelo strum and sing on select evenings.
Customers love Comensoli’s because we provide a unique dining experience that is hard to find anywhere else. We pride ourselves on our environment that’s both classy and cozy. Our dishes include both modern and classic Italian meals, with fresh made pasta and sauces.
Couched in newly expanded quarters, People’s Food Co-op's cooks draw on a community-minded business model and sate customers’ hunger with a toothsome array of nutritionally sound fare. Locally grown and organic foods shine in a cornucopia of house-made deli concoctions, including a fresh bulk-food bar heavily laden with hot stews, cold salads, and just-right porridges ($7.99/lb). Slabs of corn-polenta torta ($2.16 each) swaddle herb-kissed bundles of kale, red pepper, and feta cheese. A gallery of pre-wrapped options showcases stratified edibles such as breakfast burritos, vegan tempeh Reubens, and reams of roasted veggies sandwiched in Zingerman’s bread ($4.68–$12.99). Tubs of roasted-red-pepper and garlicky raw hummus lend creamy aplomb to al fresco outings on the shop's patio (up to $9.99 each), and nut-studded muffins ($3–$5) and diminutive rounds of raw cashew cheesecake ($3.99) fuel mobile-eating competitions.
The Corner, which is housed in a former 19th-century homestead, has been delighting patrons for more than a century with a time-tested menu of ribs, burgers, and beer. Plunge a tusk into a solo rack of ribs ($11.95) or pair an edible xylophone with a portion of steak ($14.95), shrimp ($13.95), or chicken ($12.95). Diners can take on the Great burger ($4.25) or enter the C3 burger contest ($16.95), in which gorging gladiators are given half an hour to thwart a two-pound burger, a one-pound basket of fries, and a welterweight game hen trained in jujitsu. A variety of beers, from the hoppy Arcadia IPA ($3) to the dark and bittersweet Edmund Fitzgerald porter ($4), are available to ferry vanquished burgers to the underworld. Night hours bring melodious pageantry to The Corner in the form of concerts and karaoke.