The 600-degree wood-burning oven at Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria delicately toasts pizzas and wrapinis supported by a full list of wines. A list of 29 thin-crust 12-inch pizzas raises edicts against hunger—such as the Toscana, covered in spicy chicken sausage, roasted mushrooms, olives, and oregano ($13), or the Medusa, whose basil pesto, figs, pineapple, and goat cheese petrify taste buds ($12) . A cadre of wines from California and Italy accompany meals, with reds including Cellar No. 8's pinot noir ($7.50 / glass), and whites including Beringer's white zinfandel ($7 / glass). The wood-fired oven also toasts meats and cheeses sealed within a wrapped pizza crust to create wrapinis ($8+), while fresh salads escape the heat in forms such as the baby-spinach salad, a gently rolling hill of spinach, mandarin oranges, onions, olives, and crumbled goat cheese ($8.50), garnished with the joyful laughs of infants.
Ticas with a Twist is two Costa Rican girls, who are referred to as "Ticas,? with the twist being that they specialize in Mediterranean cuisine. Most of the menu is strictly Mediterranean with traditional dishes such as gyros and moussaka, and pasta dishes dressed with feta or cilantro. Other dishes include crispy empanadas, fragrant arroz con pollo, and sticky-sweet housemade flan.
Patrons within Brickwood Grill's exposed-brick-and-wood interior munch the menu’s eight specialty burgers in the glow of 20 televisions and a trio of arcade games. Bite into morning meals after dark with a breakfast burger ($8.49) topped with ham and eggs, or chomp down on the A-1 mushroom swiss burger ($7.99), whose mushroom toppings swim in a sea of A-1 steak sauce and melted slices of the ocean's one true fruit, swiss cheese. Chefs construct many entries on a recently revamped selection of 13 sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients, yielding munchworthy dishes such as the Red Osier panini ($8.99), which stuffs Red Osier roast beef between fresh french bread alongside ladles of au jus. A selection of health-conscious soups and salads also is available. After a meal, sidle up to a long, fully-stocked bar where a trio of TVs broadcasting the latest game draws barflies like moths to a wrestling match between flashlights.
Stromboli Express lives up to its namesake, providing fast service and a menu stocked with a plethora of pizza-dough-packaged meat and veggies. Signature strombolis come in three sizes, with the mini size suitable for one eater ($6.50), the small fit for two ($10.50), and the large capable of feeding four humans once, or a single tiny ant until the end of time ($15.50). Conjure up fabricated memories of summers on the Italian Riviera with the Mediterranean boli, a medley of spinach, tomato, black olive, and feta sheathed within the protective grasp of freshly baked pizza dough. Or rethink a decades-old prejudice against people named Tim "The Toolman" Taylor with the Tim special boli, where mushrooms, bacon, and spinach cavort with ricotta and mozzarella. Specialty pizzas include seafood (decorated with crab, popcorn shrimp, and mozzarella), Philly cheese steak, and a breakfast pie which, like The Price is Right reruns, combines the best of morning and evening with ham, eggs, bacon, mozzarella, and cheddar sizzling atop an eight-inch ($6.50), 12-inch ($12.50), or 16-inch ($18.50) crust. Subs, sandwiches, and wings are also available.
Henry B's authentic Italian recipes transport patrons to the boot-shaped old country where robust sauces and toothsome pastas reign supreme. Midday noshers can peruse the lunch menu loaded with doughy delicacies such as cheese-stuffed rigatoni ($10), penne and shrimp primavera coupled with garden-fresh vegetables and shallots ($12), and a traditional grilled cheese comprising fontina and provolone cheeses, vine-ripened tomato, and crispy pancetta ($10). Exorcise vexing dinner demons with seared scallops and lump crab meat tossed in a light cream sauce over homemade spinach fettucine ($21), or the iron-wielding streak frittes boasting 14 ounces of black Angus hand-cut strip steak covered with truffle compound butter and sided with shoestring fries, field greens, and marinated-cucumber salad ($22).
Riley Greider is the mind, hands, and sweet teeth behind Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe, a gourmet bakery specializing in cupcakes. More than 128 flavors rotate across the shop?s menu in groups of 13 to 20 each day, baked daily in small batches from fresh ingredients.
With such an enormous repertoire of recipes, the cupcake case has room for classics such as carrot cake alongside fancier flavors such as cinnamon french toast and cherry cr?me br?l?e?not to mention the decidedly outlandish, such as loaded baked potato and Game Day Chili. While retaining a home-baked look, many of the cakelets wear elaborate toppers of sprinkles, frosting swirls, or fruit. All this creativity won the shop the title of Best Cupcakes in City Newspaper?s 2011 Readers? Choice poll.