Stepping into Coterie Purlieu is almost like stepping into another world, and not just because of the foreign-sounding name. After a customs officer confiscates your stress and tension at the door, dip your hands into a bath of warm water or recline as the spa’s massage therapists untie your knots. Soothing facials wipe skin clean of dirt and grime, tanning booths bestow skin with golden color no matter the season, and waxing services swiftly remove hair and bumper stickers from the last election cycle.
The chefs at Michael's don't claim to make healthy food. Instead, their hearty dishes are intended to stick to your stomach and help soak up the bar's vast range of beers, whiskeys, and premium vodkas, whose bottles glow in the violet neon of the bar. Onion rings are battered in beer, cheese is mixed into the tater tots, and pretzel bites pair with beer-cheese dip. After hand-forming third-pound Angus beef burgers, the kitchen piles on eclectic ingredients such as fried mac 'n' cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, and jalapeños. Live music from an in-house stage compels patrons to dance, much like ending every sentence with "Now do-si-do."
Geno’s Pizzeria is an East Coast–style pizza parlor, specializing in foldable slices made with dough baked fresh daily. Open a chow down session with garlic knots ($4.25), which covers all areas of the pizzeria food pyramid including, garlic, butter, olive oil, parsley, basil, and romano. Inside the kitchen, crust commandos toss pies by hand and crush San Marzano–style tomatoes for the eatery’s distinct sauce. The menu offers specialty creations such as the salami, pepperoni, ham and veggies hoagie pie (14”, $17), as well as many triangular slice choices ($3 for one or $5.50 for two), accommodating stomachs not far along enough in Geometry to digest an entire circle. The pie shop provides a comfortable respite with brick walls and a taste bud attracting display case of pizzas kept behind glass to protect them from sneezes and desperate salami thieves.
Drawing from a diverse well of organic fair-trade coffees and dozens of syrup flavors, the bouncy baristas of Decker's Coffee Company pour out a multifarious menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and italian sodas alongside sandwiches, wraps, soups, and baked goods. Create your own smoothie or Deckachino with flavors such as gingerbread, amaretto, and sugar-free irish cream or prepare for winter by stockpiling warm, creamy white-mocha lattes in your backyard tree fort ($3.39–$4.19). Cold or hot, solo sandwiches ($5.59) join forces with chips, a pickle, and a 20-ounce soda in combination meals ($6.99) and count among their ranks luscious options such as honey ham with smoked gouda and a veggie wrap with swiss, cucumbers, and red-pepper basil. Chicken quesadillas loaded with onion, tomato, and green bell peppers ($5.59) flip off the griddle with the practiced grace of a Soviet gymnast, and the house salad ($3.77) comes drenched in dressings including golden italian, fat-free raspberry vinaigrette, or caesar.
The sandwich crafters at Ted-Dee's Sandwich Shop assemble freshly made traditional subs, wraps, paninis, and deli fare. The menu abounds with hearty handhelds such as the ham and turkey club ($5.99) and the turkey-bacon-ranch wrap ($5.49), which stands ready to fill mouths that might otherwise shout out incriminating information.
Before Paul and Jared Smith came onboard, the company that became Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. had no coffee to speak of: it only sold chocolate by the bag, box, or individual morsel. But the brothers recognized how well their rich chocolates complemented a hot cup of joe, and by 2004 they started roasting their own beans. Today, those yield coffees such as the Black & Tan, a combination of dark and light roasts, and the Honduran High Grown, which is harvested on the wings of airplanes.
The coffees add a jolt to Great Lakes’ hot drinks, including seasonal selections such as the pumpkin-pie latte. Organic and decaf teas, as well as cold beverages such as frozen lemonade and fruit smoothies, round out the shop’s drinkable options, all of which complement this family owned and run business’ stock of sweet treats.