Slappy Cakes combines two things kids enjoy: pancakes and playing with their food. Here, every table is equipped with its own griddle, and diners are given bottles of flavored batter—classic buttermilk, sweet potato, peanut butter—from which they squeeze and shape their own delicious pancakes. They then add toppings like apples, granola, and homemade nutella.
Beulahland is an eclectic grill, coffee shop, and alehouse boasting a menu of similarly eclectic sustenance. Achieve the physically impossible task of smiling and chewing at the same time while savoring the blue-cheese-and-bacon burger, a handmade patty of free-range grass-fed beef from the Strawberry Mountain wilderness ($8.50), or enjoying the porta-beulah sandwich, which hosts a marinated portobello mushroom between its pub-bun bookends ($8). Entrees include a red curry with seasonal vegetables ($7.50), a quesadilla packed with chicken, cheddar, and salsa ($8), and the Grandpa's Platter, a hearty helping of meatloaf and mac 'n' cheese for the wrinkly-at-heart looking to beef up before the full-contact bingo tournament ($8.50).
Navarre’s farm-to-table ethos means all of these Mediterranean small plates are made from locally grown produce. The flavors are a little more far-reaching, however: it gets inspiration from Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines. The menu changes frequently, but the acclaimed wine list is a constant that’s curated to pair well with a variety of dishes.
“Forget Nutella”—that’s a blasphemous thing to say for most creperies, but Jehnee Rains makes her own chocolate-hazelnut spread that complements fresh oranges, Grand Marnier, and marsala-soaked figs in the restaurant’s buckwheat crepes. Friday nights see classic French films projected on the creperie’s walls for diners to enjoy.