Founded by Michele Chirgwin in her kitchen in 1986, Michele's Chocolate Truffles has grown to a staff of 25 chocolate makers producing 35 varieties of truffles and more. The chocolatiers start at 6 every morning, using Guittard Chocolate and a host of other quality ingredients to craft their confections. Michele's most famous sweets, her truffles, come in flavors as varied as amaretto, lemon zest, and pistachio butterscotch (a truffle map can be seen here). Truffle boxes allow customers to mix and match desired chocolaty bites, from as few as four ($10.35) to as many as 20 ($47). Also available are candy bars ($2 apiece), with flavors such as almond coconut and walnut fudge, as well as assorted sweet morsels such as fudge ($3) and peanut brittle ($5.95)—all sure to make babies smile before weeping as adults greedily steal the irresistible candy away.
Sizzling steak and acoustic guitars battle for attention on Saturday nights at Gaucho's Argentine Cuisine. Argentinian chef Hans's menu is highlighted by traditional dishes, such as empanadas and grilled hanger steak, as well as contemporary cuisine that includes a mushroom Alfredo ravioli. Gaucho's features a full kids menu for children and anyone with a second, slightly smaller stomach.
With more than 80 menu items hailing from stir-fried, curried, and benoodled disciplines, Rice runs the gamut of authentic Thai fare, often infusing signature dishes and specialties with its own twist. The wonton pad Thai hurls tradition out the window and into a passing tornado by tossing crispy wontons into a Thai stand-by ($11), while the lemongrass chicken, a house specialty, bathes delicately flavored grilled poultry in a luxurious peanut sauce coating ($9.50). The Indian-style gang mussamun curry, with potato, carrots, onions, and peanuts, stows away a spicy kick just like the other dishes of its kind, while scrumptious stir-fries range from the wholesome veggies delight to the decadent spicy cashew nut. Most stir-fries, curries, fried rice, and noodle dishes come with a choice of pork, chicken, beef, or tofu ($9), although diners can upgrade to shrimp, squid, and scallop ($10.50), or a combination of seafood ($13.50) rivaling the regal bounty of Poseidon's fly rod.