With her slate of deli sandwiches, Angela Toler aims to please even the choosiest palate. As the owner and proprietor of The Picky Deli, she oversees a host of tasks, from baking the turkey and ham to cooking and slicing the deli’s meats. Using fresh ingredients, Toler’s staff stacks each sandwich made to order, from classic Reubens to turkey clubs. The deli is open Monday through Friday, and on Fridays, diners can stop by for chicken-sausage gumbo.
Tazas is filled with the inviting aromas of hookah smoke, a menu of grilled sandwiches and more, and a dazzling bevy of bean and leaf beverages. More than 20 mixes of premium Social Smoke shisha, such as chai-tea latte, white peach, and chocolate chill, produce thick, fragrant plumes ideal for evil villains hoping to make grand exits.
Yum Yum Thai Cuisine's chefs craft a creative Thai and Chinese menu that garnered features in the Express News "Just a Taste" column and on KTSA's "The Dish." The team allows seafood to flourish by placing it on a plate with chinese shrimp and lobster sauce or in an "ocean deep" clay pot filled with glass noodles, squid, scallops, and maybe a sunken treasure. They grant pineapple a break from its day job as headwear by hollowing out its halves and fashioning them into a bowl for boneless roasted duck in red curry or shrimp-and-pineapple fried rice. By preparing starters, such as crispy deep-fried dragonfly rolls, and refreshing desserts, such as house-made coconut ice cream, the kitchen staff bookends the dining experience with cuisine as appealing as the entrees that form their centerpieces.
Vegeria Vegan Restaurant, a gluten-free establishment, repels hunger with artistic, plant-based cuisine, and recently expanded its all-natural approach into an on-site bakery, featuring gluten-free birthday and wedding cakes. Chefs whip up fresh sandwiches, tacos, and raw dishes, such as the the potato, corn, and poblano flautas or the sun-dried tomato and sweet potato enchiladas topped with cashew cream. Artistic themes carry over from plates to Vegeria's actual décor, as each month, it showcases the works of a different local artist in an effort to raise proceeds for community organizations.
Grassroots Coffee helps guests go from bleary-eyed to blissfully buzzed by serving up mugs brimming with freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee in a comfy café setting. Sink into a padded wooden chair with a cup of blum java ($2.50–$3.50), a slow-poured, ultra-filtered brew, or awaken the senses with a Jolt ($2.25–$2.50), a drip-brewed coffee topped with espresso and seasoned with lighting-rod photons. This caffeine canteen also provides coffee-free options, such as the caramel—a joe-less caramel latté drizzled with caramel ($2.25–$2.60)––and fruit coolers available in strawberry, peach, Island, and Coolada flavors ($2.10–$2.90). Couple a jump-starting libation with an asiago-cheese bagel ($2.40) or a cinnamon scone ($2.75). Or finally find the courage to end a long-term relationship with Famous Amos by locking lips with peanut-butter fantasy cookie––a dreamy chocolate cookie stuffed with creamy peanut butter ($1).
Those who delight in criticizing the social hegemony can enjoy upsetting expectations with Café Salsita's famous chile de arbol salsa, made from the spicy peppers that are oft dried and placed in holiday wreaths, denying them a culinary existence. In addition to liberating the fiery peppers, Café Salsita serves up a selection of freshly made Mexican comfort food that includes gluten-free menu items on request. Coupled with fresh, homemade corn or flour tortillas, breakfast tacos include the familiar potato and egg ($1.50), the decadent bacon and bacon ($2.50), or traditional Mexican classics such as the carne guisada ($2.15), featuring savory stewed meat and gravy. Put an end to your quixotic quest to find tamale nirvana with tamales made on-site. Those looking for a more substantive selection can enjoy a broiled fillet of tilapia bound in melted Monterrey jack cheese and served with rice, charro beans, guacamole, a small salad, and corn or flour tortillas ($11.75),
The kitchen crew at Quicksands Cafe embellishes plates with heaping helpings of house-made eats, including vegan and vegetarian feasts, for every meal of the day. Crispy pizzas emerge from the oven blanketed in smoked provolone, fresh tomatoes, and basil, and a slice of turkey meatloaf rests atop sautéed apples, sour cream, and malleable mashed potatoes that can be easily molded into the shape of a favorite president’s bust. For lunch, dining duos can tear into roast-beef sandwiched between two slices of fresh-baked bread or graze vegan-style with a black-bean-and-alfalfa-sprout sandwich. On Saturday and Sunday morning, breakfasts such as the Guatemalan’s duo of made-to-order eggs flanked by sautéed plantains and black beans entertain mouths better than a game of bobbing for scrap metal.