In what they describe as both a "perfect business match" and an "ongoing battle," Johnny G's Restaurant owner Julie Ali and her husband, Aref, create comforting dishes that meld Italian and Cajun influences. Though they don’t always see eye to eye, the mother-and-son team often meets on the common thread that runs through both of their cooking styles: seafood. Their shrimp ravioli smothered in a spicy, creamy garlic pink sauce serves as a tasty example. All of Johnny G's dishes and sauces are made fresh in the kitchen each day with seafood that is delivered alive rather than frozen by the glares of vengeful squids.
Chef Nordeen Bennai believes in the value of homemade food. During his childhood growing up in a traditional bakery, the chef learned that people will come when the food is good and the price is right. From the kitchen at the Korner Cafe, Chef Bennai whips up breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in savory and sweet permutations, such as homemade rum raisin bread pudding, coconut shrimp, and grits with gruyere cheese stirred right in. In the café, guests can gaze through the windows and across the street to the high school in Lewisville, or make room under their tables to harbor fugitives from English class.
The aroma of slow-cooked ribs and ground sirloin sizzling on the grill circulates up through Tierney’s Café & Tavern’s storied structure, which dates back to 1885. First built by Dr. J.W. Kennedy, rumored kidnapping victim and physician to Bonnie and Clyde, the building has seen its fair share of visitors, first as a private residence, then as a restaurant and antique mall. In the East and West dining rooms, patrons tuck into homestyle platters loaded with hot turkey or meatloaf amid the building’s original 120-year-old cedar planks. Outside, a patio dotted with umbrellas hosts gatherings that get under way with the help of a full bar and live music.
Cookies in Bloom's dedicated bakers craft daily batches of preservative-free cookies from scratch, often hand-decorating them with thick buttercream frosting. The treat-forgers create more than 300 different shapes of cookies in flavors that include chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter. The shop‘s thematic gift packages laud anniversaries, teachers, birthdays, and congratulations, and brownies and cookie cakes secure givers a special place in recipients' hearts or in the line at the DMV. Each sweet treat can arrive on doorsteps across the country packaged safely and with a crumble-free guarantee.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.