Sweet Harmony Café & Bakery keeps locals full with a menu of homemade offerings that warm hearts via easily accessible stomach ducts. Regulate tongue temperature with hot soups and cold salads, such as the Sweet Harmony salad topped with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and honey-roasted pecans ($9.95). Tasty invaders hurdle mandibular moats in the form of house specialties, such as the homemade mac & cheese ($8.95) or chicken bruschetta ($9.95), and egg eaters storm edible embankments with an oven-baked slice of the quiche of the day ($8.95). Treat sweet teeth to a plethora of palate-pleasing pastries, such as slices of strawberry shortcake ($6.95), extra-large cookies ($2.50), and special daily desserts. On the third Saturday of each month, early risers can enjoy special breakfast items to kick off weekend activities.
The brilliant baristas at Klekolo pour steaming cups of joe and craft specialty drinks in their funky Court Street location. Using beans from a variety of roasters—most of them organic and free trade—the staff brews each cup ($1.30–$2.25) from the drip bar. Expertly made espresso ($1.25) steams in tiny mugs stolen from caffeinated elves, and specialty drinks such as the Witches' Brew transfix taste buds with a spell of caramel, hazelnut, chocolate, and espresso. Combat severe cases of indecision by filling tankards with smooshies ($5.75), a combination smoothie-slushie that dallies in fruit flavors as well as java incarnations. The pastry case houses a rotating selection of scrumptious sweets ($1.80–$4.95); recent offerings have included rich turtle-cheesecake bars and flaky lemon danish. While sipping from mugs, patrons can gaze at the local artwork dotting the richly hued purple walls, use free WiFi to email lonely houseplants, or admire the 10 cents they saved by bringing in their own bean-juice receptacles.
The menu at La Boca Mexican Restaurant & Cantina goes beyond the usual Tex-Mex fare. Alongside fajitas and quesadillas, you’ll find traditional tamales, slow-roasted pork shank, and hand-cut corn tortilla chips. A talented staff of servers and bartenders cultivate a laid-back, festive atmosphere, serving up Mexican beers on draft and a celebrated bloody mary that’s garnished with asparagus, cocktail shrimp, and grilled steak. The eatery's parchment-colored walls are covered with drawings of proud vaqueros and rustic Mexican scenery, forming an ideal backdrop for authentic dinners of mahi mahi tacos or jicama salad. Pub rockers, live karaoke backing groups, and cover bands provide a festive soundtrack.
The flavors of northern and southern Italy can be tasted from across the Atlantic at Stella D'oro. What seems like an impressive feat is actually quite simple: chef Sammy Cecunjanin just follows his family recipes. Dishes include classic pairings such as rigatoni, sausage, and white wine sauce, as well as heartier eats such as rack of lamb with a cognac sauce roasted into the meat. Unsurprisingly, lobster—which is the East Coast's official regional crustacean—finds its way onto the seafood-heavy menu by way of the lobster-filled ravioli, the lobster and pappardelle, and the lobster tail and linguini.
Even if you order a plain cheeseburger at Boss Man Burgers, you'd have five different cheeses to contend with. Although that plain cheeseburger would taste great, the selection of specialty burgers is not to be missed. Crafted from a quarter-pound patty of Angus beef, these specialty burgers include the El Parque, a fiery blend of pico de gallo, jalapeños, and El Parque hot sauce that sears the tongue in a tastier way than licking a match. The Portuguese burger is topped with chourico, and the Double Your Pleasure gives breakfast a nod with its fried-egg topping.