Chefs at Palace of Dosas work under the ahimsa theme of non-violence to the environment, other beings, and themselves when they fill their menu with vegetarian and vegan Southern Indian cuisine. They spread crepe batter over griddles to craft bases for their 20 different varieties of dosas. The long, thin paper dosas and the butter sada dosas are as rich as a millionaire or someone who got in on the ground floor of the industry that writes about millionaires. They also prepare utthappam, Indian-style pizza with rice and lentil-flour bases and onion and pea toppings. Yogurt-based mango lassis and madras coffee add to the comfort imparted by cushioned booths and a plant-rich dining room.
The gastronomists at La Tee Da created a menu showcasing an Italian bonanza of pasta, rice, seafood, and steak. An appetizer of gluten-free escargot, flavorfied in a butter and parsley sauce warms up cuisine intake apparatuses for larger edible inputs ($10). The gluten-free, vegan caponata weaves together roasted pine nuts, red and yellow peppers, onions, garlic, eggplant, and zucchini squash over a choice of penne pasta, spaghetti, or rice ($16). For culinary couplings, the fresh tilapia with caper ($18), like flying a kite, can be enjoyed with a Casal Thaulero pinot grigio ($7 by the glass) from the extensive wine list and a New York strip steak ($24) slides down gullets with the help of a Martin Ray pinot noir ($10 by the glass) from California.
Located in an Erie landmark eatery, la bella entices appetites with an extensive menu of homemade dishes served in a casual setting. Wanting to look perfect for its big dinner plate, the curly-leaf spinach takes a quick dip into the deep fryer ($6), while the sweet italian sausage prefers a long, hot bath in a sweet-and-sour poached-fig-and-date sauce ($8). Patrons looking for traditional Italian specialties find the ragu bolognese ($15) leading a roster of palate-pleasing pastas, as the lobster mac 'n' cheese ($25) and honey-jalapeño ahi tuna ($18) flaunt their flavors elsewhere on the menu. A nearby plant hatchery supplies the key component for vegetarian classics such as the eggplant parmesan ($18) and the eggplant veracruz ($17). Gluten-free guidelines help diners discern diet-friendly dishes such as the bittersweet chocolate-apricot cake ($8).
Originally built by the Hamlin family in 1865, Hamlin House underwent a three-phase restoration in 2011 to reinstate it to its turn-of-the-century glory. Today, the Italianate-style mansion houses a sprawling banquet hall as well as a much cozier dining room serving homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches for lunch and a Friday-night dinner menu of steaks, grilled chicken, and seafood. The venue specializes in weddings and other large-scale events, which take place in an elegant ballroom that accommodates 220 people or one traveling circus. Events can include hors d'oeuvres; cocktails; and buffet-style, family-style, or sit-down dinners.
Genga Ponnampalam wanted to make it easier for people to eat healthy food, so after a long stint as a computer programmer, he founded Go Veggies?a vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan outfit that culls local produce and morphs it into hearty dishes, some of which hail from his native Sri Lanka. At farmers markets, grocery stores, and a caf? space, he and his staff delight taste buds with healthy cuisine that?s good for the environment, like carpooling or bikepooling to work. They also positively impact the community by composting their food waste and recycling their packaging.
True to its slogan, ?Come for dinner, stay for the show!? The Topper Social Club is part restaurant, part music. In the dining room, a jukebox mural overlooks tables dressed in white linens, where guests savor platefuls of pasta and seared steaks seasoned with a house spice rub. Alternatively, a laid-back pub menu offers spicy jalape?o poppers and burgers dripping in bourbon barbecue sauce.
After meals, guests can move into the club?s lounge, where neon signs illuminate plush couches. The seating sits atop a black-and-white checkered floor that runs between two bars on either side of the room. The club?s centerpiece?a raised stage?hosts musical acts every evening of the week. A disco ball sends shimmering lights across the floor, so guests can dance like John Travolta in Boogie Nights or bust out the Carlton Dance. The club also offers weekly open-mic nights and monthly comedy shows.