Lickety Split pleases palates with contemporary café fare and access to more than 160 flavors of Coop's Microcreamery super-premium ice cream, dished up amid contemporary masterpieces. Diners fuel up for art gazing with a slice of quiche ($4), which is baked fresh daily and primes taste buds for the subtle fruit flavors of Katharina Grosse’s installation piece One Floor Up More Highly. Or, sink teeth into Lickety Split’s take on a BLT, which accentuates the traditional sandwich trio with smooth, ripe avocado ($7.95). Appetites struck with a creative craving can construct their own sandwich opus from a slew of proteins options—including oven-roasted turkey, lemon tuna, and homemade hummus—dressed with a choice of 7 toppings, 6 cheeses, and 11 sauces ($6.95). Lickety Split tempts the most stubborn sweet teeth with a selection of super-premium frosty flavors, including black-raspberry fat-free frozen yogurt, Tang-flavored ice cream released to coincide with Michael Oatman’s All Utopias Fell, and vanilla ice cream interspersed with Twinkies and overt existentialist overtones ($3.50 for a regular; $4.50 for a large).
One step inside The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar and visitors are transported to a French village complete with tiled awnings, lampposts, and yellow-brick walls that ascend into a sky-like ceiling. The authentic French atmosphere was created by founding partner Claire, a French-Canadian and consummate traveller, and French-born executive chef Dominique Brialy, whose training has taken him all over the world. Working together, their restaurant was named named Best French by Metroland in 2012, won the Award of Excellence in 2013 from Wine Spectator, and earned a mention in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. They pour attention into the eatery's details, from the rustic wall sconces to the sage-scented parsnip purée that accompanies the roasted venison. Claire's husband and business partner Sandy has curated a wine cellar filled with 2,200 bottles from every region of France and internationally sourced varietals that complement every meal. Guests may also order from a full bar that features an extensive craft and imported beer selection, as well as an array of whiskeys, single malts, and bourbons.
Honest Weight Food Co-op's community-minded group of members fills carts with a focus on whole grains, bulk staples, and other natural edibles. The store's competing specialty departments clamor for attention with locally raised meat to sate carnivorous tummies, international cheeses to pair with wine, and bulk whole foods such as organic Turkish figs ($6.99) and organic French lentils ($3.25) to taunt squirrels with. Some shoppers swear by the 100 Mile Diet built around hyper-local items designated throughout the store, while others indulge cravings for foreign flavor with hard-to-find imports such as San-J’s Thai peanut sauce ($3.89 for a 10-oz. bottle). Deli offerings which may include ratatouille and curried root vegetables with tofu, rotate alongside a selection of meat-free sandwiches and fresh-baked bread, creating a delicious dual carousel to confuse children.
Serio's Market draws customers with a broad selection of gourmet goodies and household products. Peruse the store's well-stocked shelves to ogle first-rate foodstuffs from cookies and crackers to strip steaks and sausages, all containing the power to imbue every mealtime chew convention with the tabletop fireworks of a disco candelabra. Prepared sandwiches include a store-cooked meatloaf sandwich served on one of nine different breads and dressed with veggies, condiments, and cheeses ($4.29), and specialty sandwiches such as The Bull's Eye, which uses a combination of roast beef, barbecue sauce, and sharp cheddar to hit hunger with a precision blow ($4.99). Fresh-made salads, oven-roasted chicken, and piping-hot pleasures such as shepherd's pie ($4.49 lb.) are also available to keep busy family-feeders from resorting to time-efficient but unpopular dishes such as rice 'n' ketchup or beans a la yogurt.
Via Fresca takes its name form the Italian word for “fresh,” and a commitment to fresh ingredients can be found in every dish the gourmet Italian market and eatery serves. Tender circles of fresh mozzarella pair with tomatoes on cold sandwiches, and freshly sliced Boar’s Head meats line paninis on artisanal ciabatta bread baked in house. Inside the cozy dining area, glass display cases sport specialty desserts such as tiramisu, flourless chocolate cakes, and coconut macaroons. Patrons may opt to dig into housemade crab cakes on the outdoor patio, order meals to serve families back home, or cater special events such as 6-foot-sub-eating contests.