From alongside steaming ceramic coffee pots, gluten-free Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes at Abyssinian Ethiopian Restaurant radiate imported spices. In the golden glow of wall sconces, sautéed beef and chicken morsels marinate in butter, cardamom, and fresh ginger. Patrons sop up savory remnants with warm injera, an East African flatbread made from high-protein teff flour that lets fingers grab food, unlike trying to grab a frustratingly realistic painting of fruit. Meals flanked by complimentary portions of collards parade to tables, and caterers cruise past with brimming portions for meetings and shindigs.
At CC Carvers, owner Chuck Carlette fashions freshly roasted meats into hearty submarine sandwiches and steaming hot panini’s. Sturdy hard rolls accommodate the heft of chicken parmesan, shaved sirloin steak, or slow-roasted beef, while the panini press leaves their distinctive tread marks on caprese or grilled zucchini and eggplant. As glasses of beer and wine brought from home click together, customers also enjoy custom salads or smoothies that blend passion fruit and mango with strawberry and pina colada.
Though the Jamaican heritage of the owners of Fire & Spice Vegan Restaurant might not directly influence their love of raw food, it certainly informs some of their vegan and vegetarian recipes. On their menu, vegan ital--a blend of spices, coconut milk, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins--gets blended into stews. An eastern-inspired red lentil dahl also appears alongside hearty tempeh burgers and delicately barbecued tofu.
Outside of the fire-kissed specialties, a portion of the menu is devoted to raw foods—from salads to mashed potatoes—cooked below 115 degrees. A number of gluten-free options are also available. Whether cooking raw or simply going meatless, the kitchen relies solely on local and organic ingredients, ensuring all produce is free of pesticides and hasn't been followed by hungry cattle. These same ingredients often make appearances in the chef's cooking classes, which unlock the secret to mastering at-home renditions of raw and vegan favorites.