Brunello Bistro’s menu tantalizes the culinary lobes of the brain with a fusion of Italian fare and Mediterranean tangs, served with the aesthetic flair of a Matisse breakdance. Seafoodies will immediately set a course for Brunello's signature mussels appetizer ($13), served either "bianco" in a garlic and wine sauce or "spicy pomodoro" in a hot fra diavolo sauce. But all roads lead to Brunello’s top dish, lamb osso bucco ($28) in a port-wine sauce with mascarpone-cheese polenta. Diners who are worried about upsetting humanity’s uneasy truce with sheep can instead venture out into one of Brunello's idiosyncratic plates, such as roasted duck ($27) covered in an orange glaze and married with roasted spaghetti squash. Brunello also stocks its cellar with a select selection of wines and walled-up aristocrats, so lubricate one’s dinner conversation with an Arancio pinot noir ($25) straight from Sicily. Lunchtimers, meanwhile, can drop by the restaurant for a monterey-jack cheeseburger ($11.95) or a plate of fresh, handmade ravioli ($18), and early incliners can wake up groggy stomachs with a breakfast of apple/banana pancakes ($8.95) before heading off to another rewarding day of minding the conveyor belt conveyor belt at the conveyor-belt factory.
Although it offers drinks and café fare to go, Fortissimo Coffeehouse is no drive-thru pit stop. Instead, the coffeehouse cultivates a welcoming charm with record players spinning classic vinyl and small, intimate tables perfect for a lunch date or an afternoon of getting work done. The team behind the counter helps further either of these pursuits by mixing up steaming cups of coffee, lattes flavored with Monin syrups, and smoothies filled with more fruit than the Chiquita Banana lady’s headshots. Alongside the drinks, baristas make and serve a select menu of breakfast dishes, veggie-filled wraps, and a range of paninis that can be converted into salads. The menu incorporates a variety of flavors, creating unique options like the popular Uncle Toni, which combines jerk turkey with chipotle-smoked gouda, colorful peppers, and guava spread on a choice of panini or atop a bed of salad.
Bull McCabe's traditional Irish pub unhinges diners’ appetites with a full menu of both American and Irish pub fare. Pique taste buds with a selection of tavernesque appetizers, such as breaded mushrooms ($6) or a basket of fries ($5), before getting stomachs to bench-press heftier fare, including a half-pound Black Angus No Bull burger, cooked to order with a choice of toppings ($8). Singing duos and centaurs alike will applaud flawless pairings of Irish bangers and mash ($9) and fish and chips, made with fresh haddock ($12). Enjoy these fine eats in the easygoing atmosphere afforded by daily live-music performances, weekly karaoke and trivia contests, and yearly blinking tournaments.
Warm aromatics wafting from the kitchen will set your senses astir as you focus your peepers on Lil Vinny's menu of feast-worthy fare. As you discuss dinner decisions among tablemates, hush the interjecting jibber jabber of an impatient appetite with a plate of fried calamari ($8.95) or eggplant rollatini ($9.95) to share, coupled with an glass of Italian red wine or a specialty martini from the full bar. Customers craving childlike comfort delight in platters of linguini with meatballs or sausage ($12.95), while actual children can exercise maturity by thoughtfully selecting a dish from the children's menu based on what will pair best with their fountain soda ($1.50). Classic chicken ($15.95) and veal ($18.95) cacciatore toss protein with colorful peppers, earthy mushrooms, purple onions, and crimson marinara, while the vibrant orange notes of scallop and shrimp Grand Marnier ($19.95) come forward to complete a rainbow of rations. Black Angus filet mignon is a house specialty, served with a sweet port-wine reduction and silverware ($28.95).
Dosa-n-Curry's cooks prepare an extensive menu of Indian and Indo-Chinese eats, made more impressive by the fact that every offering is completely vegetarian. They prepare many menu items to be vegan and gluten-free, as well. Like a snack vending machine that is just leaking sauce everywhere, they offer 25 different kinds of curry, featuring everything from lentils to okra and cauliflower. They whip up a similarly robust selection of dosa, the fourteen varieties stuffed with cabbage or potato and coated in sauces such as spicy chutney–all made from the small cottage constructed in the kitchen.
Olde Magoun's replaces the handlebar mustache fights and blindfolded moonshine tastings of old-timey saloons with a menu of fresh pub fare. Thai beef skewers ($9.95) and Cuban egg rolls ($8.95) warm up the palate in time for exquisite entrees like the chicken curry ($11.95) and the grilled Reuben XXL ($9.95)—which arrives overstuffed with layers of shaved corned beef, Russian dressing, Swiss, and either ale-braised sauerkraut or homemade coleslaw. Carnivores who insist that their meat be shredded by a skilled hair-metal chef will savor the North Carolina pulled pork sandwich ($9.95), while the veggie-friendly V-8 pizza ($9.95) tops itself with every herbivorous morsel in the house. Olde Magoun's serves its food until late so that it can be paired more easily with a vast array of draught beer that includes Clown Shoes Brown Angel Ale, Murphy's Irish Stout, and Paper City Blueberry Ale.