From alongside steaming ceramic coffee pots, gluten-free Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes at Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant radiate imported spices. In the golden glow of wall sconces, sautéed beef and chicken morsels marinate in butter, cardamom, and fresh ginger. Patrons sop up savory remnants with warm injera, an East African flatbread made from high-protein teff flour that lets fingers grab food, unlike trying to grab a frustratingly realistic painting of fruit. Meals flanked by complimentary portions of collards parade to tables, and caterers cruise past with brimming portions for meetings and shindigs.
Amid cheerful lime-green and exposed-brick walls, The Chopping Block’s stylists create precision haircuts, color tresses with Wella hair color, and tame frizzy locks with texturizing treatments. The salon features Paul Mitchell products, and also offers facial waxing to remove unwanted hair or add manly heft to the jaw of a waxwork Nicolas Cage.
Garden Grille Cafe’s menus are stacked with delicious American-style food offerings designed to meet the hungry demands of vegetarians, vegans, and anti-gluten demonstrators. Introduce your stomach to vegan vittles with the gluten-free grilled sweet potatoes ($6), the vegan-friendly and gluten-free soybean pod sustenance of edamame ($6), or Grandma Reggie’s raw heaven salad ($10), a concoction of arugula, mango, avocado, grapefruit, beet-infused jicama, cashew gomasio, and homemade dressing. Lunch lovers can munch on a vegan BLT ($7) with tofu "bacon" and chipotle sauce, while dinner derring-doers can opt for the Buddha Bowl ($15), filled with grilled tofu, tempeh, organic brown rice, and fresh veggies, or a roasted butternut-squash quesadilla ($10) with black beans, jack cheese, and a salsa side. Guests who show up on Sundays from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. can enjoy the brunch menu, which unifies the chronologically asunder meals with vegan French toast ($8), the Garden Grille omelet ($8), and pancake stacks ($6–$7).
The health-conscious confectioners at Wildflour Vegan Bakery and Juice Bar craft baked goods and beverages using locally sourced organic ingredients and unrefined sweeteners. Silence the incessant chatter of sweet teeth with a chocolate chip scone ($2.25), or infuse taste buds with wheat-free pep through gluten-free banana coconut muffins ($2.25 each). A frosty vegan-ice-cream milkshake($5) cools steaming palates after a long day of heated conversations and emotional fire-eating. A smoothie and juice bar dispenses freshly-squeezed fruit and veggie nectar in sippables such as the verdant avocolada green smoothie, which merges avocado, coconut water, and vanilla ($7). Parched talk-boxes can hungrily drink in a beverage menu chockablock with coffee, tea, and agave-sweetened lavender lemonade ($4 for a small, $5 for a large).
A minimalist space distinguished by its tables swathed in white linens, Marco's Restaurant joins Italian comfort food with a cozy neighborhood vibe. Marco's gourmet pizzas include chicken-pesto, buffalo-chicken, and Mediterranean pies; the Mediterranean comes loaded with kalamata olives, capers, and imported feta cheese. Plates overflowing with classic pastas?such as spaghetti marinara, fettuccine primavera, and baked lasagna?steam throughout the dining room, followed by desserts of new york cheesecake, lemon cake, or chocolate mousse.