Regardless of what time of day you teleport into Café Lily, Chef Anthony Pitillo has a menu that plots out a plan of tasty attack for every meal. Start your Sunday morning in luxuriously late fashion with a brunch mimosa ($6) and a specialty plate of beignets de crabe Benedict, which tops two of Chef Anthony's signature lump crab cakes with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and diced tomatoes and serves it with homestyle potatoes ($15.95). Or indulge in a lunch menu served daily. Dinner diners can keep things social and free of knife fights by sharing a tapas starter of calamari a la plancha, calamari (not breaded or fried) on a sizzling platter with olive oil, garlic, scallions, and fresh lemon ($9.95), before moving on to classics such as pinchitos, lamb tenderloin rubbed tenderly with a special blend of Spanish spices, chargrilled, topped with salsa verde and manchego, and served with sautéed white sweet potatoes (when available) and fresh green beans ($21.95). The stuffed, pan-seared filet mignon ($26.95) comes filled with mushrooms, fresh herbs, toasted pignolas, and gorgonzola, drizzled in an Amontillado-sherry sauce, and served with polenta and mushroom pisto. Several entree options are also available in half-size portions and are best chased with an equally decadent dessert of homemade tiramisu or gluten-free torta ciocolatta topped with fresh Chantilly cream (both $6.95). Café Lily also recently opened a separate tapas lounge with its own distinct menu.
The rich aroma of roasted nuts and the sugary smell of freshly made candy waft around bright green striped walls and collect in the lofty ceiling of Greene's Fine Foods. The shop's specialty, Georgia mammoth pecans, comes in a flavor rainbow of chocolate amaretto, mesquite barbecue, praline, and more ($7.50 for a half pound). New crop pecans are available after the fall harvest. A more bounceable gift, the "Please do not feed the gummi bears!" 1-pound gift bag ($8), can be customized to tote gummi critters such as butterflies, jet fighters, army men, and rattlesnakes rather than the standard bears. Business gifts and frozen yogurt are also available.
When customizing a frozen dessert with toppings, many people reach for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or a barrel of whipped cream. Swirlin Twirlin has those classic add-ons in spades—but its toppings selection ventures into unexpectedly gourmet territory, as well. Pomegranates dipped in dark chocolate, bites of cheesecake, and Andes mints join the lineup alongside chilled blackberries, mangos, and watermelon. All of the fresh fruit and crumbled candies are cut daily, and taste-tested by the staff themselves before being added to the bar, which offers more than 50 topping choices.
These add-ons require a foundation, of course. Swirlin Twirlin houses a wall of self-serve machines that fill cups with frozen yogurt in a variety of low-fat, non-fat, and non-dairy flavors. The sweet spirals range from original tart to red velvet, and contain probiotics that aid the "friendly" bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. There are even no-sugar-added flavors, including mango and chocolate, which offer delicious bites without the addition of sucrose.
The skilled foodsmiths at Bhojan Market, nestled beside its sister Indian restaurant Bhojanic, forge prepared meals, freshly roasted spices, and house-made pickles that package up the essences of Indian cuisine for at-home enjoyment. The market’s expansive menu whisks palates away to the forests of the Indian subcontinent, where sweet mango chutney ($3.99/small; $6.99/large) seeps from trees and boneless jewels of chicken tikka masala ($4.99–$8.99) await discovery in pools of tomato cream sauce. Piquant sauces pour like heavy rains over wheat chapatis ($4.99 for six) and paratha flatbreads stuffed with ginger and potato ($6.99 for five), the spices of which wash down to bellies in steaming streams of tea. Elephants trumpeting their hunger from inside tummies can quietly chomp on vegetarian dishes such as punjabi kardi-onion dumplings swimming in a yogurt-based curry sauce ($3.99–$6.99). Intricately woven tapestries and exotic plants join with the sharp aromas of freshly roasted spices to draw visitors in to Bhojan Market. Though not included in this Groupon, the market also regularly hosts cooking classes and leads expeditions to retrieve tongue-soothing coconut milk from the summits of Mount Everest.
Ebonie Hughes has had an affinity for baking since she was a child, making cakes in her Easy Bake Oven and longing to help make cakes at her mother's bakery. After years of honing her talent decorating and baking cakes?even doing it to earn extra income while in college, instead of selling lesson plans to unprepared teachers like the other students?she decided to open her own business, Scrumptious Cakery.
Using recipes perfected over generations, Ebonie creates cakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, key lime, and classic butter swirled with chocolate. She then swirls buttercream-cream-based icings on top of the sweets. Her classic butter cake with vanilla buttercream icing is the cakery's most popular pick.