The palate pleasers at The Cat and the Fiddle Café lather tzatziki sauce onto paninis, bake homemade falafels, and employ the bright flavours of tahini, lemon, and feta for a health-oriented menu of Middle Eastern and Lebanese-inspired fare. Meats such as grass-fed Cape Breton beef perch on forks alongside grape leaves, and fluffy couscous and kalamata olives steal the limelight in salads. Tongues that haven’t gotten their passport photos taken can tango with house-roasted chicken or scrambled eggs in whole-wheat wraps that awaken mouths in the morning and silence tummy quakes the afternoon. Patrons taking a coffee break can sip organic fair-trade brews, roasted at home in Nova Scotia, or steep a fair-trade tea bag. Meanwhile, wee ones perfect the art of roasting coffee beans in smokestacks at the toy train table in the 200-square-foot play area.
•For $10, you get $20 toward lunch and drinks, valid all day at the downtown location or before 4:30 p.m. at the Flavor 19 location. •For $25, you get $50 toward dinner and drinks, valid after 4 p.m. at the downtown location or after 4:30 p.m. at the Flavor 19 location.
Through the steam rising off slabs of all-you-can-eat garlic home loaf, families all across Canada sit down to feast on East Side Mario's heaping plates of classic Italian fare. The chain's chefs ladle spicy arrabbiata, rich alfredo, and meaty bolognese sauces across foundations of toothsome De Cecco pasta, which they import from Italy to ensure each entree has an authentic jet-lagged flavour. They also slide cheesy baked pastas and hand-pressed pizzas into ovens, toast up loaded sandwiches, and dress crisp salads in their signature dressing. East Side Mario's strives to make every meal a pleasant, relaxing experience. It helps eliminate potential ordering jitters by designating vegetarian and spicy items on the menu for diners with dietary restrictions, and taps into guests' joy reserves with a selection of signature cocktails, spiked lemonades, and ice-cream shakes.