Everything about Fromage Bistro beckons an extra moment to take in its beauty, from the white leather couches and glittering chandeliers to each perfectly plated European-style entree. The sophisticated menu stars fondue, crepes, and steaks balanced with a wine list that spans the continents. Not only are elevated cheese fondues represented, as in the Gouda-Emmenthaler blend, but oil-based hot pots are a staple here as well, which diners use to cook seafood and beef themselves at the table. Lunch and dinner have their distinct callings, with popular Paris-reminiscent sandwiches by day and seared ahi and duck in the evenings. The bistro takes on a more lounge-centric feel with black-and-white silent-movies at 7 p.m., Monday ? Saturday, just like it's done weekly at the Moulin Rouge.
Garden Gourmet slakes stomach suspirations with a menu ripe with mouthwatering vegetarian and vegan dishes. Amid a casual ambience, guests can coronate a meal or accentuate a lively debate with an appetizer, such as the vegan tabouli salad—a savory concotion of couscous and millet mixed with tomato, black olive, cucumber, cilantro, olive oil, and lemon ($6.99)—or a main plate, such as the vegetarian burger—an oat garden patty with mozzarella and chipotle vegenaise served with tempura onion rings and choice of veggie chips or sweet-potato fries ($8.50). Guests can also relish the timeless satisfaction of the vegan falafel dish, which blends cilantro-infused papaya chutney with seasoned garbanzo patties and fresh spinach. Beyond partaking in sit-down satiation, customers can also freely browse Garden Gourmet's vegetarian grocery section, stocked with fresh-baked grains and pastries.
Vicente, the resident chef at Gazpacho's by Las Tablitas, specializes in incorporating Mexican flavors into globally inspired dishes. In some cases, these are pretty straightforward—empanadas stuffed with sautéed spinach and caramelized onions, or shrimp tacos doused in chipotle sauce. But the remainder of his menu takes a more roundabout route to Mexican tastes. He fills savory crepes, for instance, with poblano peppers and corn, while his paninis sport ingredients such as grilled chicken, avocado, and herbed mayo. Each globetrotting feast unfolds amidst vibrant oil-painted canvases in a lively dining room, which fills with the upbeat sounds of live music every Friday.
Before the delicacies are composed at Grapevine Caf?, their ingredients are made from scratch in-house. This ranges from roasting and grinding Albisola Specialty Blends Coffee beans to crafting fresh tortillas. The latter are used to create huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and crab enchiladas, just some of the Mexican-style offerings that share menu space with Belgian waffles and chicken-fried-steak sandwiches. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available inside the cozy cafe, where complimentary WiFi encourages diners to stay a while and refill their espresso drinks.