Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar cajoles the tahini-demanding bellies of vegetarians and omnivores alike with fresh wraps, salads, baguettes, and desserts, as well as a spectrum of Mediterranean specialties. Chef and owner Ilan Cohen slings traditional family meals straight from his native Israel onto the tables of his American bistro haven. Chickpea cheerleaders can form pyramids with one of many hummus-centered dishes, such as the sabih pita sandwich, with roasted eggplant and hard-boiled egg ($8), or the mahi-mahi beet wrap, rolled with sumptuous tiers of garbanzo mash, spinach, and alfalfa ($17).
Chef Jay Gillmore has years of restaurant-experience at restaurants such as Cru, Bistro 41, and Bacchus and knows that sometimes it's best to focus on doing just a few simple things really well. So, as the captain of the kitchen at Restoratives Cafe, he specializes in transforming raw, fresh ingredients into sandwiches that range from classic reubens to pork tacos and tortas stuffed with slow-braised beef brisket. A handful of refreshing salads and hearty soups fill out the rest of the menu. Thanks to a recent renovation, the eatery's atmosphere complements the playful quality of the food: the walls are covered with local art, and both the caf?'s name and menu are scrawled carefully across large chalkboards.
Upscale American cuisine unites with an extensive wine list at Wylds Cafe, and it's all administered by a talented kitchen staff. Their menu catalogs elegant entrees such as peppered Hawaiian tuna with sweet potato chips and soy butter sauce garnished with pickled ginger and wasabi. They also prepare braised cranberry barbecue boneless short ribs. Both the wine menu and the 30-strong beer list showcase imported and domestic libations, from The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc originating in New Zealand to Flying Dog's Doggy-Style pale ale. When it comes to aesthetics, the restaurant matches the cuisine in its panache. Rich but dark reds and browns cover the walls and allow blue sconces and colorful paintings—both abstract and grounded in everyday scenery—to pop with vivacity. White linens drape the tables, and track lighting precludes interruption by an obstreperous genie.
Bernwood Grille & Catering Co. serves up an eclectic array of breakfast and lunch dishes. Breakfast is served all day, so both early risers and night owls can enjoy items such as greek omelets, blueberry pancakes, and vanilla-cinnamon french toast. Afternoon eats include gyro meals, a blackened chicken Waldorf salad, and homemade soups. Bernwood's culinary creations are also available as custom catered meals for events and corporate functions of any size.
The French Connection Café quiets the growls of stomach sirens with a multifarious menu studded with French dishes such as quiche and crêpes alongside the American staples of sandwiches, seafood, and steak. An order of the Black and Bleu salad ($11.50) stars a 6-ounce grilled sirloin steak surrounded by decadent baubles of blue-cheese crumbles, sweet walnuts, and the echoes of eternity. Toothsome Gallic wrapping swaddles savory nuts and poultry in the chicken-and-almond crêpe ($6.50), whereas the seafood quiche ($7.50) whisks taste buds away on a Cousteau-themed lucid dream. Eaters celebrate cultural crossover with a club croissant ($8.50), where New World noshes including ham, turkey, and bacon mingle with continental swiss cheese in a crescent-shaped U.N. Twitterpate tongues with mouthfuls of sautéed grouper Diablo ($18), which arrives at tables atop a verdant bed of spinach, debonairly dressed with crawfish, shallots, and fiddle-playing Cajun cream.
Chefs send pizzas, steaks, and a bevy of seared entrees from Firepit City Grill's wood-fire grill to tables and booths lining the chic bar-style interior. Chefs crisp pizzas and flatbreads on the grill, assembling custom-ordered ingredient combinations or preparing specialties such as the Greek Town flatbread, strewn with feta and gyro meat and then topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce ($10). Barbecue sauce smothers the Firepit Rack o' Baby Backs, a tender row of ribs ready to be tickled into submission ($15.50/half, $21.50/full). Sandwiches and wraps package grilled goodies in layers of bread, and the grilled halibut eschews the bun for a miso glaze and the companionship of swiss chard, rice, and sake butter ($24).