Sweet Lorraine's Cafe & Bar wholeheartedly embraces a smattering of influences, apparent in everything from the menu to the music. Nearly 30 years ago, when Lorraine Platman swung open the doors of her namesake restaurant, she had already racked up several years of success in the cheesecake and baked goods businesses. Her familiarity with healthy, homemade food and her artistic inclination found their way to what she calls "world beat cuisine" at Sweet Lorraine's.
Today, chefs churn out an epicurean m?lange of plates, from quesadillas stuffed with pear and brie to hot salmon?nicoise?salad and chicken and shrimp creole. A host of gluten-free options are also available, and a wine list boasts an extensive selection of 25 wines by the glass as well as a host of craft cocktails.
Southern Smile’s roadmap of a menu teaches edible geography with a bountiful spread of southern comforts such as corn-battered Missippy and Cajun-spiced NawLeans fish. Steaming cups of jambalaya and gumbo ($4.29 cup, $5.49 bowl) target taste buds with a preemptive veggie strike, prepping palates for feats of protein such as the half-pound Yahoo Bayou black Angus burger ($6.99). Politely demand seafood ensconced in a puffy throne with the popular fried catfish sandwich ($6.49), or tuck into a platoon of grilled ocean perch ($8.29) flanked by a scratch-made corn muffin and two sides chosen from a roster of fried collards, mustard potato salad, and waffle fries. Toothsome slabs of pound cake ($3.50+) and à la mode southern peach cobbler ($4.75) nail the lid on appetites.
Northwestern Deli and Grille packs its menu with subs, fresh salads, and grilled and cold sandwiches for tasty lunch noshes and provides a complete catering menu for office-bound diners. Dining duos can select one of the 13 fresh salads, such as the michigan cherry salad, a smattering of assorted greens, dried fruits, blue cheese, granny-smith apples, and walnuts drizzled in a raspberry vinaigrette ($5.95; $7.95 with chicken). Put the fork down and grab a sammie instead, with options ranging from traditional BLTs ($5.95) to grilled-turkey reubens ($6.95).
Layering freshly sliced rib eye on signature italian bread, Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks crafts a menu of gourmet cheesesteak sandwiches as authentic as the ones born and raised in South Philly. Classic cheesesteaks, blanketed in your choice of cheese and served with or without grilled onions, pair perfectly with a side of whiz fries, a marriage of scholarly spuds and the eponymous creamy canned cheese ($2.49). Ziggy’s regional varieties take thrill-seeking taste buds on a gastronomic getaway with the Brooklyn, topped with pizza sauce and provolone, or the Jersey, stuffed with cheese and french fries. Herbivores and poultrivores can partake in a grilled-veggie hoagie or chicken cheesesteak. All of the eatery's made-to-order sandwiches come in 8-inch ($6.49) and 12-inch ($8.49) varieties for easily transportable meals. You get a variety of food groups in every bite without annoying utensil requirements, prep work, or cleanup.
Gourmet Everyday woos those courting more nutritious, low-fat foods by delivering multiple foodie-friendly meals cooked by talented chefs and certified healthy by the staff's nutritionist, doctor, and Veggienius, the Roman god of riboflavin. With this deal, nutrient-seekers will receive breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus two snacks and dessert for two days, from an eclectic, rotating menu. Recent selections have included sun-dried tomato and basil quiche, a salmon caesar salad, and savory flank steak with a horseradish sauce. Cap off a full day's worth of tasty eats with dessert, such as the recently featured cinnamon-spiced mousse or chocolate cheesecake, ideal for sticking with candles to celebrate selling your potato chips to your roommate. The service's fresh, preservative-free meals land on doorsteps inside an insulated cooler, so feasters-to-be can be off on a dream quest when it's delivered.
LaBasha's catering pros bring dishes from a menu of savory Lebanese fare to wedding receptions, corporate events, or simple picnics. Dishes such as spinach pie, falafel, and lemon-pepper whitefish are also available for takeout, along with carrot juice and creative concoctions from a fresh juice bar.