The chefs at A La Provence show discipline in their commitment to classic French recipes as well as to how they source ingredients; they use only natural grass-fed beef from Harris Ranch, domestic veal and lamb from Marcho Farms or Strauss Farms, and fish and shellfish brought fresh daily from Southern Seafood. Using these meats, they craft a gallery of traditional French- and European-American fusion dishes, relying on precise recipes rather than just carving steaks into the shape of Napoleon's face. They showcase their talent and creativity through a nightly changing amuse-bouche, a bite-size appetizer that servers ferry to tables before the main dinner. They follow this introduction with French classics such as rack of lamb, duck confit, and filet mignon. At lunch, they prepare salmon and rainbow trout with sides such as herb risotto and garlic haricots verts. The aromas of these dishes and international wines fill the stone-tiled dining room, where walls are hung with mirrors in gilded frames, delicate sconces, floral displays, and oil paintings of tree-lined French streets.
Superior 7 Cleaners takes its name from its goal to be superior to other cleaners in seven categories: service, standards, quality, value, commitment to the environment, convenience, and care. The staff backs up these commitments with actions—nontoxic, biodegradable chemicals are used; the team provides recycling for hangers and plastic bags; cleaners employ prespotting and pressing when needed; and the door stays open to patrons seven days a week.
Stewardship Drycleaners lives up to its name. Each dry-cleaned shirt gets de-grimed with Vista solvent, made from biodegradable, nontoxic chemicals, and every laundered garment gets washed with Faultless by Nature detergent, to which the EPA has given its stamp of approval. Additionally, Stewardship Drycleaners offers plastic-bag and hanger recycling to reduce new production. Whether washing worn jeans, preserving wedding dresses, or adhering to its policy of only christening ships named The Steward, the cleaner keeps true to its moniker.
Though plenty of self-serve, coin-operated washers and dryers stand ready to roar to life within Tallahassee Suds' soapy confines, the laundromat's staff can also alleviate the chore, picking up garments directly from customers' doors and returning them fresh, folded, and free of stains. Along with laundry and delivery services, hand-ironing and dry cleaning treatments leave clothes as crisp as the day they first sprouted from the backs of department-store mannequins.