Restaurateurs Linda and Everett Reid orchestrate a multitude of seasonal dishes menu into a flavor symphony at the French-influenced L & E, garnering a feature in the New York Times. Appetizers such as Cape Cod Bay oysters ($3.25 each) welcome diners to tables covered with the original work of local artists, while seasonal entrees have included delicacies such as pork osso bucco with pink lady applesauce and celery root hash ($22) and pan-seared Atlantic fluke with fingerling potatoes and oyster and lobster mushrooms ($24). Delve into the extensive wine list to pair any entree with a glass of vino such as 2008 Le Vissoux Beaujolais ($7.75) or Domaine Talmard chardonnay ($8.50).
Specializing in the art of chardonnay, Chamard cultivates varietal grapes on 20 acres of gently rolling vineyards, unleashing an assortment of palate-pleasing wines. Bring a guest and relish the ambrosial aromas and mouth-uplifting flavors of chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, merlot, and cabernet franc blends created with time-honored winemaking methods and state-of-the-art graping equipment. Grasp a Riedel glass and try five wines while overlooking the pond on the deck, warming up by the tasting room's fire, or hiding in one of the cellar's wine barrels. After sampling fermented grape serums, customers can activate the power of a 15% discount to purchase a bottle of wine ($12.99–$24.99) for enjoying at home or christening a new caravel.
The crêpe, or French pancake, was invented in 1923 to make its American counterpart look fat, oafish, and uncouth in comparison. Help the disced dessert maintain its well-deserved sense of superiority with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of crêpes, wraps, and more at La Crêperie, located just off Thayer Street on the East Side.
La Crêperie serves up a satisfying menu of sweet and savory crêpes, wraps, Belgian waffles, and smoothies daily, in its Thayer Street–adjacent location. Lunchable folded favorites include the Racquel crêpe ($5.50), an alluring femme fatale whose elegant world-weariness conceals old wounds of spinach, brie, and cranberries, and the Mediterranean wrap ($5.95) loaded with basil-marinated chicken, fresh veggies, dijon mustard, and mozzarella that will circle-dance for hours at the sound of a bazouki. Dessert-seeking diners, meanwhile, will delight in the decadence of La Crêperie's sweet crêpes and waffles, such as the strawberry-and-chocolate-filled Michelle ($4.95) crêpe or the simple buttered and sugared pleasure of the Betty crêpe ($2.95), both of which pair harmoniously with any of La Crêperie's refreshing smoothies ($3.95) or fresh-squeezed lemonade ($2.50–$2.95). All of La Crêperie's crêpery is made with fresh, local dairy products and seasonal farm produce, significantly decreasing the risk of synthetic ingredients causing your crêpe to grow a mouth that begs you not to eat it.
The intimate eatery has been serving up its tasty treats since 1996 from a hole-in-the-wall storefront with a small seating area and casual counter service reminiscent of the quaint crêperies of Paris. Adding to that Parisian sensibility is the fact that La Crêperie is open until 2 a.m. on weekends so that insomniac sweet teeth and nighthawk romantics can drop in for a quick crêpe after a long night of dancing or perfecting their Louisiana accents.
Yelpers give La Crêperie 3.5 stars, with TripAdvisors giving it four owl eyes. Urbanspooners give it an 81% approval rating:
- We have never been disappointed by the food here. The crepes are wonderful and always come out just right. – teamwonderful, TripAdvisor
- As close to the real authentic crepe from Paris that I have come across. – Mike S., Urbanspoon
- The Creperie is perfect for people looking for an inexpensive, light but tasty breakfast (or lunch) to go. – Seth R., Yelp
Rue De L’Espoir dazzles patrons with an eclectic assortment of American bistro-style dinner comestibles influenced by French, Italian, and Asian cuisine. Snag small plates weighed down by chicken-liver pâté, which is served with a cranberry, black olive, and dried-cherry chutney ($12), or Thai crab cakes with cilantro crème fraiche ($12). Indulge in a more substantial meal of organic roasted chicken, whose surface is delicately bathed in blood-orange glaze, figs, and apricots ($24), or the bouillabaisse, which features shrimp, sea scallops, calamari, and white fish swimming in fresh herbs, plum tomato, white-wine bouillon, and focaccia rouille ($28). While seated at one of the linen-covered terra- cotta tables, cheese lovers can nibble on the cheese board, which pairs Humboldt Fog cheese, Great Hill bleu cheese, and other flavors of coagulated animal juice with fresh bread and a chutney of apple, pear, and fig ($15).
The seasoned chefs at Mosaic Latin American Bistro craft dinner and lunch menus brimming with a diverse array of Latin American–inspired dishes with contemporary twists. Commence chew-infused chats over a savory pollo con mole ($19), a grilled swordfish swimming through sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives ($22), or a tangy seafood stew the Puerto Ricans call asopao ($25). The Chile-born empanada boasts a braised slab of beef serenading olives and raisins within homemade flaky dough ($6), and the pupusa enswathes house-smoked pulled pork, mango slaw, and black beans within white corn cakes ($11). Or eschew meat altogether for a plantain-encrusted tortas de frijoles ($19) or lechuga mixta salads ($7). A slew of sandwiches stuffed with flank steak, wild boar, pork shoulder, and more ($8–$12) satiates noontime crowds.
The Duck & Bunny offers a menu of savories, delicacies, and comforting treats inside an ornately decorated snuggery, with chandeliers, fine drapes and curtains, and a fireplace whose mantle makes a home for the self-portrait of a handsome bunny. Maxi-sized gourmet cupcakes are freshly crafted daily in different flavors. Cupcake mouth-fragrances include the chewy, fudgy, and sweetly shocking brownie mint surprise, the carrot cupcake, which tops a moist, rabbit bait-flavored mini cake with cream-cheese frosting, and the peanut-butter chocolate truffle, a sweet mountain of chocolate ganache, peanut butter, and chocolate-swirl frosting.