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Students and graduates of the Amos Culinary Education (ACE) program show off their food prep prowess at Friendship Cafe, a restaurant run by the nonprofit social services agency Amos House. The chefs here hone essential kitchen techniques as they cook classic egg-and-pancake breakfasts, simmer homemade soups, and stack deli sandwiches. "We designed the menu to offer all-around culinary skills training," manager Robb Desimone told City News. Down-home daily specials, such as pot pies, fish and chips, and meatloaf, allow cooks to build their comfort-food repertoire and diners to feel like they successfully crashed someone else's family dinner.
The staff members at Amore Espresso Gelato Bar craft 20 different flavors of their signature gelato and sorbetto fresh each day. They make each small batch with local farm fresh milk from Wrights Dairy Farm and natural, preservative-free ingredients imported from Italy. Flavors include amaretto, cake batter, nutella, and wildflower honey.
Outfit Dorothy and Toto with a pair of electric guitars and you'd almost have The Classic Cafe's mix of rock 'n' roll and Americana?but you'd still be hungry. Fortunately this '50s-loving diner has that covered. Amid the vinyl albums lining the counter, a couple Fenders, and walls covered with vintage-style posters advertising the movies, cars, and smartphones from decades past is an open kitchen that serves up hearty plates of classic American cuisine. Breakfasts, for instance, stuff diners with biscuits smothered in country gravy, pancakes straight from the griddle, and three-egg omelets full of meats and veggies. And when lunchtime rolls around, the chefs churn out salads and sandwiches, including 8-ounce burgers topped with chili, onion, and jalape?os.
The Bradford first opened its doors 30 years ago as a neighborhood convenience store, supplying the community with groceries, newspapers, and quick lunches of classic Italian-American cuisine. But now the aisles have disappeared, and though there are still Italian dishes on the menu, they're joined by upscale pub food. Diners can select from dishes such as nachos, wings, and variety of grilled thin crust pizzas including bbq, pepperoni, and margherita. Meatball enthusiasts can experience this topping on a pizza or paired with seasoned fries.
The Bradford's ambiance embraces a similar upscale vibe. Exposed brickwork and high-topped wooden tables sit among the earth-toned walls lined with framed artwork. In the recently redesigned interior, pendant lamps dangle from the high ceilings, ensuring that the warm space remains more well-lit than Santa's workshop at 3 a.m. on December 23. While guests relax here, they can listen to live music or sip specialty cocktails with muddled ingredients.
At Fruitzzy, customers create their own icy treats using as many flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings as they can fit into a cup. The shop rotates its approximately 80 yogurt flavors on a daily basis and stocks more than 40 edible adornments, including fruits, candies, and nuts. To appease as a wide a customer base as possible, the treat haven offers only certified gluten-free flavors and a range of nonfat options. In addition to free WiFi, Fruitzzy offers complimentary valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays, bypassing the need to find a spot or replace the ejector seat before going in.