Since 1997, experienced baker and German national Markus Vosen has vended an assortment of fresh baked goods free of artificial flavors and preservatives from his authentic German bakery. Slices of Italian rustique ($2.45), rye ($3.25), or french baguette ($2.50) can be dipped in oil and vinegar or be covered with fancy fromages. Diners can also delight in sampling Vosen’s foreign-sounding sweets, such as bienenstich, a cake with honeyed almonds ($3.25), mohnstriezel, a poppyseed pastry ($6), and cheesecake, a cheese-based cake ($3.25). Vosen’s also proffers alluring loaves of bread baked daily, including seven-grain ($6.50), sunflower ($5), and more, ideal for bearing breakfast marmalades or carrying around as an accessory in a chic brown paper bag.
Kulnapa Siripong learned to cook Thai cuisine at a young age alongside her mother in the kitchen. Now she shares those recipes at Bangkok Terrace, an eatery she opened in the Gallivan Center in 2012. Marinated duck served with her special honey sauce, fresh papaya salad, and Thai-style barbecue are a few of her specialties. She also simmers seven types of curry, infusing it with the piquancy of curry pastes imported from Thailand. After the main course, diners can sweeten palates with housemade coconut or coffee ice cream.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
With its vibrant, modern décor and dazzling handcrafted nouvelle-American cuisine made from local, seasonal, and organic ingredients whenever possible, Metropolitan has earned a multitude of accolades. From the lunch menu erupts the metro bison burger, a galloping herd of mushrooms, onions, swiss, and truffled pomme frites ($10), and the Mediterranean sampler, a tantalizing tray of hummus, baba ghanoush, olive tapenade, stewed tomatoes, and seasoned Bluetooth ($8–$12). Adventurous options pepper the dinner menu, including the Metropolitan mushroom appetizer, flanked by truffle potatoes and red-wine sauce ($6 taste, $12 full plate); the Utah trout, decorated with fiddlehead ferns, radishes, pear, and a pistachio puree ($25); and the veal chop, donning an ensemble of green apple, celery root, quinoa, and mustard jus ($35). Find repose in the martini lounge to tackle the tasty bar menu, which includes entrees such as chicken pot pie ($12); appetizers come two-for-one during the bar’s “attitude adjustment hour” starting at 5:30 p.m.
At the vast and versatile Day & Night Event Center & Cafe, you can slide into one of the giant horseshoe-shaped booths or tables for everything from burgers to live music. One part performance venue, one part restaurant, the center keeps visitors sated with hand-formed, grass-fed beef and giant burritos filled with slow-cooked pork. Future plans include movie screenings, family nights, and maybe even a retail shop.