To the uninitiated, the corner of State Route 17K and Clermont Lane might seem like just another unassuming patch of grass. With the aid of modern technology and a parking brake, however, the chefs of ATOMiC lunchbox frequently transform it into a pop-up diner. Settled at the corner in their bright red food truck, they dish out breakfasts of sausage gravy and biscuits or refreshing yogurt parfaits to hungry morning passersby. As lunch bells begin to peal, they ready their signature Hugeburgers, whose massive patties are stuffed with chorizo, bacon, cheese, and onion. ATOMiC lunchbox’s scratch-made salsa adds a tart counterpoint to flautas, and the truck’s legendary wings arrive double-spiced and perfectly crisp, like the wings a second-generation phoenix.
At Katz Gluten Free, shoppers can browse kosher foods as well as gluten-free baked goods and cooking ingredients certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group. English muffins and cinnamon donut holes are just a couple of the shop's treats. Pizza crusts, breadcrumbs, and hamburger buns make it simple to prepare gluten-free meals at home or over a camping stove while riding a city bus.
Crystal chandeliers hover above tables accented with colorful cloth napkins, illuminating Bombay Castle's guests as they dine within the contemporary restaurant's sunlit garden room, spacious dining room, or elegant banquet hall. However, despite Bombay Castle's contemporary decor, the menu remains traditional. Experienced chefs lovingly handcraft authentic paneer and warm naan and bake seasoned lamb, chicken, and goat in a clay tandoor oven. The restaurant even extends its culinary borders to include several Indo-Chinese dishes packed with spicy chicken, thin noodles, and vegetables, whereas popular Indian desserts made from milk and spiced sugar syrup can finish off any hearty meal or indoor naan-tossing match.
Fresh ingredients from local farms fill the dishes at Chopstick Asian Bistro, transforming familiar ingredients into culinary journeys across the sea. The chefs artfully plate Japanese, Thai, and Chinese dishes, such as chicken teriyaki and thai crab cakes, while the sushi chefs deftly roll traditional and specialty rolls. One such roll, the Chopstick Special roll, snuggles tempura shrimp with cucumber and crab, which the chef sends out with mayo, tobiko, and a wistful goodbye.
Pastas, olive oils, and tomato sauces imported from Italy line the aisles of Noto's Italian Deli, giving shoppers all they need to prepare authentic Italian cuisine at home. But many patrons prefer to leave the food preparation to the cooks behind the deli counter. Starting at 6 a.m., those cooks fry eggs for breakfast sandwiches and omelets brimming with pastrami, homemade italian sausage, and other savory ingredients. Later in the day, the focus shifts to sandwiches piled with italian meats, housemade stuffed lasagna, homemade italian sausage, chicken marsala, and specials such as Black and Bleu philly cheesesteaks. Patrons quench their thirst with natural fruit juices and fresh fruit-flavored waters.
Manhattan native and restaurant industry veteran Ed Reinle worked in Thai restaurants for much of his career. There, he developed a palate and an appreciation for the balanced flavors, healthy eating, and vibrant colors of that country's cuisine. Each meal is a visually stunning, artfully arranged paean to Thai authenticity, with dishes such as red and green curry, crispy tamarind duck, and veggie-peppered fried rice and noodle dishes. Salads and small plates entice visitors with crispy green papaya, grilled chicken satay, and lightly fried spring rolls, and tom kha and tom yum soups tickly olfactory senses with aromas of galangal and lemongrass.
Reinle works alongside his wife, Toula, cultivating a friendly, laid-back lounge atmosphere. The duo pour Thai-inspired cocktails such as cosmopolitans made with spiced rum and ginger and dessert martinis made with sweet, creamy thai coffee.
The Irish Cottage Inn is just that--an interior filled with hardwood floors and old-fashioned stonework walls, only a little at odds with the flat screen televisions that dot the space. The highest tabletops sit on altered whiskey barrels, and the dining room features eyefuls of photography from Irish artist Annette Maleney Pelaez. The owners report that it took six months of solid renovations to make the place look exactly right.
The menu, on the other hand, boasts dishes from all over the world. Alongside bangers and mash or shepherd's pie, chefs whip up wasabi-seared tuna, Mexican-style burgers, and shrimp alfredo. Whenever possible, they craft these dishes from fresh, locally farmed ingredients, getting their produce from nearby farmers and sourcing their Irish soda bread rolls from every single Irish citizen.