More than 15 years ago, owners Mike and Amanda made the leap into bread-bound fare when they opened Fressers Delicatessen. The shop continues to thrive thanks to the culinary expertise of Mike and his mother, Eileen, who whip together every menu item onsite for customers lined up at the counter. The duo churns out a spectrum of deli eats, from traditional Jewish knishes to hearty salads and grilled sandwiches that tower over fellow noshes like a big brother standing on a chair. The Famous Fresser triple-decker sandwich piles the deli's biggest flavors into a single stack, bursting with sizzling corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, and melted swiss cheese between three slices of bread. Such ebullient fare has made Fressers a popular lunchtime-delivery joint, which also puts together meals for business lunches, dinner parties, and annual holiday gatherings.
Leggos serves both morning and midday meals from open to close, giving contrary clientele the chance to opt for a soup and sandwich for breakfast or eggs benedict for lunch. The kitchen wizards chop up 10–13 fresh fruits daily to fill fruit bowls to the tippy top ($3.75/cup), and top waffles ($7.50) with heaping helpings of strawberries, blueberries, or cranberries. Early morning diners can wrap digits around a breakfast quesadilla loaded with spicy eggs, bacon, onion, peppers, and cheese and dip it in homemade salsa before savoring an included side of home fries ($7.50). Or, sharpen rusty arithmetic skills by adding up three eggs, two pieces of bacon, two sausages, one order of toast, and a side of home fries, and dividing it by however many mouths you own ($7).
Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesar's has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. The menu features pizzas with dough built from scratch that are made to order ($5.99 for a large one-topping). Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to Canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pies ($5.99). Hot-n-Ready pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese, and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the Italian cheese bread combo ($4.99 including sauce) or chicken wings ($4.99) with a variety of sauces.
Italy possesses a rich culinary culture, and the chefs at LaStoria Trattoria honor the old-country recipes of Sicily, Rome, and Venice. With an arsenal of imported olive oils, truffle oils, and balsamic vinegars, they whip up classic dishes such as chicken marsala, eggplant parmesan, and veal piccata. Their specialty pastas, meanwhile, incorporate more unorthodox ingredients such as littleneck clams, pink sauce, and toasted crumbs. A brick wood oven bakes an octet of pizzas, which guests can use to teach rudimentary geometry to one another.
Jenn and Donny have long accepted their elitist take on coffee. As college students and self-professed coffee snobs who both worked in the food industry, they bemoaned a lack of sophisticated brews and attentive service, finally deciding that innovation would be the best form of protest. They dreamt up their own café where the beans would be freshly micro-roasted, the cocoa would incorporate three types of chocolate, and every drink would be handmade by the same person who took your order. The resulting venue, Coffee Break Cafe, lined its menu with libations of all temperatures and caffeinated creeds.
The café's house blend hails from locales such as Sumatra, Colombia, Africa, and South America and is shipped from specialty roasters who prep the beans in small batches. Jenn and Donny's commitment to coffee quality is matched by their enthusiasm for the natural world—they stock organic and fair-trade options, as well as dairy products from a hormone-free farm. Though they stand by meticulous barista techniques, they are hardly sugar-shunning purists. They readily infuse hot and frozen drinks with dessert flavors, ranging from red velvet cupcake to cinnamon bun, crafting a far superior breakfast sweet than grapefruit pie. Bagels and pastries, delivered daily by neighborhood bakeries, balance out refreshing sips. The morning hotspot's communal spirit is reflected in hanging pictures by local artists, live music, and complimentary story readings for kids.