Café Rouge sprinkles worldly charm all over its selection of salads, sandwiches, and house-made entrees. Culinary concoctions, such as a warm poached egg and crispy bacon salad ($9) and olive-oil-baked garlic and chili shrimp ($10), prepare flavor savorers for main dishes, including crispy salmon on sautéed asparagus with lemon and tarragon mayonnaise ($17), and shrimp and scallops over honey Sriracha fettuccine ($17). Just like the young substitute French teacher, Café Rouge is upscale and European, but at the same time, laid-back and soothing.
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With only the freshest meats, cheeses, produce, and bakery items, Harvest Thyme delights delicatessen devotees with a full menu of breakfast and lunch options. In addition to fresh breakfast options, Harvest Thyme crafts a lunch menu full of midday masterpieces. Try an albacore-tuna apple-melt croissant with granny smith apples, melted jack and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sprouts ($7.25), or a grilled caribbean chicken wrap with jerk sauce, melted jack-and-cheddar cheese, fresh pineapple, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, and carrots in a sundried tomato wrap ($7.50). Arrive early to acquire a fresh-baked muffin ($1.95) or surprise a loved one with a fresh-baked bouquet of a dozen bagels ($8.95) instead of thorny and inedible roses. Harvest Thyme strictly uses Boar's Head meats and cheeses, which do not contain any fillers, gluten, trans fat, or artificial ingredients, to construct its sandwiches, wraps, and life-size statues of William Taft.
Built in 1908, the historic yellow-frame house known as the Vidal House is the place The Fat Tuscan Cafe has called home since 2009. Diners settle into the golden-yellow dining room at intimate tables made from warm wood, standing beneath stained-glass lighting and bright floral paintings. The kitchen staff cook delicious meals from fresh, seasonal ingredients to emulate an authentic Italian café. Pasta noodles tumble into zesty sauces, while house vinaigrette drizzles crisp salads. Along the brick-paved courtyard and clustered around a burbling fountain stand wrought-iron tables for diners to eat al fresco among lush greenery. The kitchen also hosts cooking classes after which up to 12 students take home recipes and their in-class creations to share with families, friends, or frenemies.
In 1948, Charles McMillan opened the doors to the home he had built of wood and stone, offering visitors plates of fine, country-style cooking under the name Red Wing Restaurant. Today, this one-time rural residence retains its quaint charm with taxidermied décor—a plethora of birds and animals striking eternal poses against a backdrop of vertical wood paneling. Behind this façade, skilled chefs country-fry steaks they've cut by hand or prepare meals from whatever wild game their favorite hunter might have brought them
Steeping each of its locations in colonial Boston-style interior design, Boston Coffeehouse serves a modern slew of specialty drinks, deli-fresh fare, and all-day breakfast items. For starters, munch on mango salsa salad, a leafy medley of mango salsa, dried cranberries, almonds, onions, and cucumbers slathered with mandarin ginger dressing ($5.89). Tender rotisserie chicken—served with baby arugula greens, red onions, and sun-dried tomato mayo on a pretzel bun—mollycoddles midday masticators ($6.50), and a french toast breakfast panini eases groggy taste buds awake after a long night or an afternoon nap with fresh egg, cheese, and ham sandwiched between slices of french toast ($3.50). Pair your choice of various Danish pastries, muffins, or croissants ($1.75) with a 12-ounce espresso ($1) or a specialty drink such as the Yankeedoodle, a mocha-based coffee concoction that features caramel, hazelnut, and macaroni feathers ($2.75/12-ounce), or the Nutty Irish Lady, which starts with espresso and expands into a whipped cream-topped comfort drink with flavors of cherry, Irish crème, and hazelnut ($2.75/12-ounce).