Spread across two stories, Borderline Grill and Bar exudes a tavern-like spirit intended to put patrons at ease as they relax with a drink or a quick meal. The menu mainly features classic American comfort foods, although it also includes a healthy number of dishes inspired by cooking from south of the border. Diners can dig into hearty entrees, such as charbroiled chicken glazed with a bourbon-tinged barbecue sauce and steaks ranging from 8-ounce cuts of sirloin to 14-ounce rib eye. Additionally, the menu devotes an entire page to items such as flautas, sizzling fajitas, and deep-fried burritos topped with pork chili verde.
At Texifornia Tamale Co., the tamales are hand-rolled around spicy brisket, jalapenos and cheese, and slow-roasted pulled pork. So are the burritos, but instead of savory cornmeal, their exteriors are 13" flour tortillas. Their interiors are also more diverse. ensconcing everything from meat and chorizo refried beans to two types of cabbage. The masterminds behind these hand-made Mexican dishes are Jeff and Micki Smith, a husband-and-wife team. The pair complements the restaurant's homey Mexican classics with upscale plates, such as Icelandic cod with red beet risotto or other burritos served on golden platters.
When Jim and Mary Ann Whitesell set out to open Hot Shots Coffeehouse, they had more than just coffee in mind. They wanted their cozy coffee joint to be a place where the community would gather to dig into frozen yogurt, smoothies, fresh-baked pastries, and hearty sandwiches, as well as to sip handcrafted espresso and artisanal tea and tisanes.
The coffeehouse stays open late for night owls and study-sessions, and from time to time, live acoustic tunes add to the festive atmosphere. Hot Shots has even been known to host game nights, where locals gather to play chess, Scrabble, and Red Rover.
Half-moon booths and stained-glass light fixtures set the tone at Bill's Villager Coffee Shop, but it's the menu that keeps regulars coming back for more. Homestyle cooking is the best way to describe the dishes here, which rarely veer away from the expected. That's certainly not a bad thing when "the expected" includes omelets for breakfast and double-patty burgers for lunch. Even if you aren't that hungry, Bill's has plenty of appeal as a relaxing coffee shop with hot drinks aplenty.