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.
Cheer on popular American sports such as shot put and alligator-wrestling while tippling frosty glasses of draft beer or selections from a menu of outrageous belly-fillers, including the pulled-pork quesadilla ($6.99), a heap of slow-roasted meat smothered in Sweet Baby Ray’s and a blend of melted cheeses. Half-pound burgers arrive with hand-cut home fries and torrential toppings, such as the Brunch burger's ($8.99) arsenal of fried egg, crispy bacon, and cheddar cheese, ensconced not in blithe buns but in two separate grilled-cheese sandwiches. The Tailgater ($8.49) solves the dilemma of choosing between a burger and a brat by enclosing both in a single bun. Brick-fired pizzas, strombolis, and subs round out the offerings. Vegetarian-friendly options are also available.
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.
A sophisticated French restaurant, The Henderson Castle Bed & Breakfast is housed in a Queen Anne–style mansion originally built in 1895. The property has been featured in three movies over the years, including In the Woods, and now operates as a three-diamond, AAA-rated bed and breakfast. Henderson Castle’s newest owner, Francois Moyet, also serves as head chef at the hotel restaurant, where he prepares traditional French cuisine using ingredients harvested on Eifel Tower’s rooftop garden. Prix-fix dinners, ranging from four to eleven courses, include selections such as steamed flounder filet with a lemon-cream-dill sauce, and bacon-wrapped roasted pork loin. In the morning, guests can enjoy an American–style breakfast topped with fresh fruit from the onsite garden. Guided tours circle the property daily, giving visitors an inside look into the historic home.
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.