In addition to catering most places, from backyards to boardrooms, The State Café & Catering Restaurant quells voracious appetites weekday mornings and afternoons with a menu of home-style cooking, filling downtown diners with fresh soups, sandwiches, and bottomless salad options. Corral a herd of hungry colleagues for pre-office breakfast stampedes and tooth-trample mouthfuls of chorizo-and-spinach egg scrambler ($4.75) or handmade fruit crêpes ($4.25). Lunch-leaning appetites delight in the classic flavors of a Vienna beef hot dog ($2.75) or hearty bites of the meatball grinder blanketed with sautéed peppers, onions, and mozzarella ($5.95). A rotating daily soup selection ($2.25–$2.95) and an expansive salad bar ($5.95 for unlimited trips) provide customizable options to keep each visit different and to transform stomachs into lettuce-lined gumbo grottoes.
Eggstacy fills its breakfast and lunch menu with omelets, sandwiches, and traditional midmorning favorites made with fresh ingredients and prepared from scratch whenever possible. Homemade sauces such as strawberry compotes ooze over fresh pancakes and crêpes or slices of French-toast bread, baked daily in the Eggstacy kitchen next to edible copies of Le Petit Prince.
Bedizened with dishes from every corner of the globe, the Oakwood Bistro’s menu transforms dining into a world-traversing adventure with ingredients culled from local and organic sources whenever possible. After a widely traveled culinary career, Chef Ryan Soule has settled back in his home state replete with regional cuisine know-how and hours-long vacation slideshows. Taste buds can travel to tropical locales with the pineapple-dotted caribbean paella ($23), trek to the misty northeast with lobster mac and cheese ($18), or holiday in North Africa with the curried eggplant tagine ($15). American classics meld with worldly flavors in bistro sandwiches, which include asparagus cheese melts ($8) and salmon BLTs ($12). Thin-crust pizzas ($9+) let diners customize their meals with 24 topping options ($1.25–$2.75 each), and each dough disk is available in gluten-free ($4 extra) or merrily skipping carefree versions.
A sophisticated French restaurant, The Henderson Castle Bed & Breakfast is housed in a Queen Anne–style mansion originally built in 1895. The property has been featured in three movies over the years, including In the Woods, and now operates as a three-diamond, AAA-rated bed and breakfast. Henderson Castle’s newest owner, Francois Moyet, also serves as head chef at the hotel restaurant, where he prepares traditional French cuisine using ingredients harvested on Eifel Tower’s rooftop garden. Prix-fix dinners, ranging from four to eleven courses, include selections such as steamed flounder filet with a lemon-cream-dill sauce, and bacon-wrapped roasted pork loin. In the morning, guests can enjoy an American–style breakfast topped with fresh fruit from the onsite garden. Guided tours circle the property daily, giving visitors an inside look into the historic home.