Though the idea of shared plates most often conjures up images of dainty Spanish tapas, the communal meals at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant are hardly suitable for passing. Instead, everyone sits around and digs right into a giant platter called a beyainatu, which translates to ?a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.? Diners tear off pieces of flat, spongy bread known as injera and scoop up dollops of rich stews. Ethiopia?s signature dish, doro wat, is a mouth-warming union of chicken, traditional berbere spices, and hard-boiled egg. Each entree comes paired with two vegan sides, such as the curried vegetables of tikil gomen or the slow-cooked chickpeas and herbs of shiro. The chefs work particularly well with lamb and seafood, which best show off delicate hints of saut?ed herbs and chilis.
At first glance, Village Coffee has all the trimmings of a classic coffee house, from the colorful walls hung with local artwork to the to the exposed brick and the whirr or the espresso machine. But behind all that is a full menu of eclectic cuisine. That menu presents crispy pressed paninis as well as a handful of Indian-inspired dishes made with tender cuts of lamb. Open early and on into the evening, the shop makes BLTs, cups of coffee, and specialty beverages, such as a peanut butter hot chocolate.
Tortilla Sunrise’s gastro gurus imbue succulent meats and fresh vegetables with authentic south-of-the-border flair to create a menu of Mexican favorites. Feasting duos and foursomes can race to solve Pythagorean’s theorem with a basket of right-angled, homemade tortilla chips dunked in fresh red salsa and delivered straight to their door. Succulent cuts of beef, chicken, or lamb mix with a garden of fajita peppers and onions to allay stomach abandonment issues, and a cheesy plate of three enchiladas arrives stuffed with beef, chicken, pork, chorizo, or vegetables, and doused in the chef’s signature sauce. In addition to delivery, patrons can also place an order and carry out their fare on the way back from work or a peace-treaty signing that ran late.
Deb Williams and Chuck Secallus bonded right from the start over their shared passion for healthy living; they met at an Ashtanga yoga class, and they soon dreamed up the plans for Asana House Juice Bar, which combines their love of yoga with their love of raw food nutrition. Through this endeavor, they share their passions with the community by teaching Ashtanga yoga classes and mixing fresh vegetables and fruits into nutrient-rich juices and smoothies.
Asana House recently split its establishment to allow the yoga and juice-bar aspects of the business to grow with more space for equipment and experimentation. At the café's new location, liquid gold pools on the ceiling, illuminating the beauty of the decor and the meals Chuck intricately constructs. He draws from diverse ingredients, including a patch of wheatgrass growing behind the counter and a cache of fresh beets, coconuts, and avocados. In addition to liquid fare, Chuck constantly experiments with new lunch combinations, adding kale and sautéed spinach to quesadillas and topping raw-vegetable soups with mint to make meals that are both visually and internally pleasing.
Patrons can nibble or sip their meals at one of the small tables or at the bar while listening to upbeat music or watching yoga gurus demonstrate poses in lieu of Simon’s commands on a nearby TV. An attached boutique sells yoga mats and accessories, along with Garden of Life and E3 Live vitamins, both of which Chuck and Deb include in their regular diets.
Veggie Heaven offers homemade and progressive vegetarian food that is sure to please.
Satisfy your hunger at Veggie Heaven, a restaurant with both healthy and vegan fare.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Veggie Heaven.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Veggie Heaven is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Veggie Heaven.
Veggie Heaven offers convenient carry out and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space.
Save some dough on parking at Veggie Heaven.
At Veggie Heaven, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Prices are downright affordable at Veggie Heaven, with most items well under the $15 mark.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Veggie Heaven serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For tasty American fare, head to Saladworks for a sandwich and side.
The weekends are for going out for amazing combinations. Save the salad for the weekday and come grab a meal at Saladworks.
Large groups will appreciate Saladworks for its ability to seat them quickly.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Saladworks — attire is casual.
Bring the Saladworks' great food to your place.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Saladworks.
Score! Saladworks provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
Locals flock to Saladworks for a meal they know will be high quality and low price.