Coral Palm Cafe's owner and chef Quirino 'Warren" Chiapparelli assembles signature Southern Italian dishes from both local and imported ingredients, serving platters to lilting Mediterranean tunes in an intimate dining room. Chicken, pork, or veal parmesan stews carnivorous centerpieces in hand-prepped marinara sauce ($17–$18), while the fettuccine all' Amatriciana's ($17) sautéed pasta ribbons swaddle bites of pancetta and prosciutto when they are not moonlighting as cummerbunds. During lunch hours, potato pancake Reuben and hot turkey po boy hero sandwiches ($11) canoodle with soup, salad, or fries. Guests can play matchmaker between meals and a roster of red and white wines, such as the Aquinas cabernet from Napa Valley ($35), then hollow out a chocolate-mousse-filled cannoli ($4) to fashion a fife whose tones summon bouncing marshmallow peeps.
At The Grind Coffee House & Roaster, the coffee drinks come hot or cold, basic or advanced. So, in addition to a regular cup of joe, guests can treat themselves to hazelnut coffee or white mochas with whipped cream. The elegantly appointed cafe boasts cozy booths canopied by exposed brick arches, and pervasive earth tones and wood accents hint at the coffee being brewed backstage. But the shop offers food, too. Breakfast fare and sandwiches for lunch bring in patrons beyond the aggressive americano crowd.
Pineapple-spice muffins, asian noodle soup, and Boar's Head roast-beef sandwiches with swiss cheese, pear, and balsamic vinegar. These are just a few of the recent offerings at The Coffee Cup, where a chef whips up new treats each day. The café's baristas pour freshly brewed coffee, cappuccinos, and specialty café drinks such as salted-caramel lattes, and music fills the air on open-mic nights.
Cool Hand Luc's handcrafted line-up of vegan-friendly and classic ice creams seduces taste buds without the use of preservatives, artificial colors, or mean-spirited limericks about sorbet. An extensive topping bar, featuring handmade hot fudge, stands ready to adorn the ever-rotating organic flavors, and a menu of baked vegan treats and fair-trade coffee stands ready to suit the dietary needs of the scoop-averse. Treat tongues to a double-dip of vegan chocolate ice cream ($3.25), or warm up your caffeine tank with a 16oz. mocha ($3.50), or tea latte ($3). Today's deal allows frosty dreamers to purchase up to three Groupons, which can arm you with enough scoop-able power to win the undying adoration of everyone around you for at least three days.