In business for more than 25 years, the eponymous family behind Tagge’s Famous Fruit cultivates and nurtures a bountiful harvest of fresh fruits and veggies. Today’s Groupon nets eager ghouls and goblins enough locally grown Halloween pumpkins ($2–$7 each) to adorn the most festive domicile or malevolently appointed minivan on the block. Tagge’s fruit stands overflow with the bright-orange gourds, which can be baked into a pie, carved with a spooky face, or baked into a spooky-faced pie.
Caputo’s By Night's palate-perking menu serves up delectable deli fare and tasty casual Italian fare whipped up from Caputo’s Market and Deli’s wide selection of hearty eats. Patrons can dine on specialties such as the Atlantic salmon agrodolce ($14.95), chicken piccata sautéed in lemon and white wine ($13.95), and vongole pasta with olive-oil-based clam sauce ($10.95) in a casual atmosphere while enjoying attentive service, white tablecloth seating, a diverse wine and beer selection, and meatball jugglers. In between rounds of garlic bruschetta ($1.50), olives sautéed in pickled garlic, rosemary, and Marsala wine ($5.95), and branzino affumicato (lightly smoked sea bass with thin-sliced lemon and capers, $5.95), sip on a reasonably priced wine list ($4+ by the glass) while enjoying an atmosphere that's classy yet casual, like attending a gallery opening in a T-shirt tuxedo.
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.
Serving up daily specials and a long list of menu staples, the chefs at Rio Grande Cafe construct Tex Mex?style plates of tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. Favorites include sizzling beef or chicken fajitas, and the Super burrito stuffed with three kinds of meat and covered with sauce and cheese. Pair meals with a drink from the selection of cocktails, such as house margaritas or mojitos.
At Frosty Darling, the displayed art and giftature is part throwback, part homage to modernity, and part pop culture; the New York Times calls it "whimsical." Artful items include handmade barrettes ($4–$6) and felt brooches ($6), as well as a variety of pins ($1), bookmarks ($1.50), soaps ($5–$8), coin purses ($4), and distinctly scented erasers ($3). Gentry and her fellow area artists produce brilliant letterpress cards ($4) and postcards ($1), both of which pair nicely with Frosty Darling's well-stocked shelves of old-timey candy, such as Atomic Fireballs, candy cigarettes, and Fruit Stripe gum ($0.15–$1.50). The store is open Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.