Owner Linda Carr funnels years of food-industry experience and a deep passion for her community into Bagelicious & More, a friendly breakfast and lunch site that slings always-fresh bagels, midday snacks, and low-cal WiFi. Bagels run the flavor gamut from savory asiago to delicately sweet blueberry, and larger, egg-laden breakfasts lend a helping hand to CEOs who accidentally napped through the first two fiscal quarters. Lunch breakers can feast on hearty sandwiches and wraps or leafy salads, and a never-ending supply of Seattle’s Best coffee helps aspiring auctioneers ramp up to top price-shouting speed.
Santo's enraptures palates with a main menu of piping-hot, oven-fresh pizzas and a diverse lineup of Italian appetizers. Like the Italian national anthem sung by a Venetian gondolier, starters tastefully prelude pizza feasts with Italian notes, such as tomato-and-basil-topped bruschetta, or a fresh mozzarella alla capprezze drizzled in rich extra-virgin olive oil. Next, a retinue of cheesy, bubbling pies rolls out from Santo's ovens, dressed for dinnertime in alfredo or tomato sauce or in a birthday suit of no sauce at all. Veggie pizzas wear a tasty corsage of mushrooms, peppers, banana peppers, broccoli, and spinach, and the tutto bianca delivers creamy ricotta, mozzarella, and spicy garlic on a base of alfredo.
Each Cosi locale aims to channel the charm of a small Parisian café by serving up a menu of quality food and an atmosphere suited for conversation. Warm stone-oven-baked flatbreads feature a two-millenia-old recipe and lay the foundation for many of Cosi's sandwiches and pizzas. The clean flavors of the signature tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich ($5.99) find a rustic home within warm, crusty walls and the saucy star of the barbecue-chicken pizza ($12.99) travels to mouths with an entourage of smoked gouda, red onion, and cilantro trained in grappling grabby tablemates. Veggie-based bites include the crunchy steak-house salad ($7.79) coated in blue-cheese dressing and fresh-cracked pepper.
Westshore Pizza’s cooks evoke the flavors of a Philadelphian eatery by using sauce made from California tomatoes, house-made dough, and hand-grated Wisconsin mozzarella as they bake New York–style pizza. In addition to adding such savory toppings as bacon, broccoli, and jalapeños, the staff also stuffs philly cheesesteaks with melted cheese and sautéed vegetables. Dedicated to fresh, quality ingredients, cooks also grill half-pound patties of Angus beef for their hamburgers and bake their own italian bread from a recipe found etched into the side of the Liberty Bell.
Cooking always came naturally to Sunita Chheda. When she wasn’t frolicking through the bustling avenues of Bombay with her seven brothers and sisters, Sunita was in the kitchen, learning the ins and outs of traditional Goan cooking from her mother. Today, Sunita brings her family’s time-honored recipes and her lifetime of Indian cooking experience to her own restaurant—Saffron Indian Cuisine.
Sunita’s kitchen is flooded with the aromas of ginger, coconut, and freshly ground herbs as she folds fresh meat, seafood, and vegetables into the traditional dishes lauded by reporters from the New Tampa Neighborhood News. The nimble chef simmers pans of creamy butter chicken and spicy goan fish curries before darting over to the clay oven to check on the baking naan. Sunita even offers a kids’ menu featuring youngster-friendly specialties such as french fries and invisible curry for invisible friends. Servers bring her still-steaming dishes out into the sunlit dining room, where a vivid mural of the Taj Mahal stretches across the wall.