The Brown Barn Café is homey inside and out, from its wooden walls and house-life façade to its open kitchen filled with family recipes. Owners Bryant Belknap and John Costello, friends for more than 35 years, make foods they know and love, including Jack's lemonade—a recipe John Costello's son Jack devised when he was 10 years old. The internationally influenced menu also includes samosa pies and Vietnamese-style coffee, as well as café favorites such as tuna salad and quiche. And for dessert, the café sources fresh-made treats from Ah! Some Chocolates, which tack a sweet ending onto meals.
The dough experts at the recently opened Bread Box Bakery & Cafe bake seven types of bread fresh daily for building savory panini sandwiches. Dining duos unhinge lips and hips in a midmeal hula over handheld fare such as the hot hawaiian-chicken panini on ciabatta bread with fresh pineapple, sweet onion, and napa cabbage in a teriyaki glaze. Herbivores might opt for the tomato-basil panini, a focaccia-bread base layered with basil pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Free refills on fountain drinks prevent parchment from remaining dry, and a choice of a french roll, potato chips, or fresh fruit personalizes plate fringes. Paired patrons can sit at the front window's counter, which, according to Susan Gottshall of the Morning Call, "makes a perfect people-watching perch," as diners admire the colorfully tiled walls and use free WiFi to send each other electronic invitations to the next lunch date.
Donegal Square immerses customers in authentic Celtic accouterments crafted in the British Isles. Customers can bedeck their extremities in custom combinations with stacking rings from Tara’s Diary ($44–$66) or opt for an intricately designed trinity-knot book pendant to adorn their head pedestals in sterling-silver elegance ($54.95). A Celtic family pendant features a choice of 12 birthstones ($44.95), providing a means of conveying familial pride without spray-painting one’s family crest on the most prominent building in town. A collection of kilts woven by a Scottish tartan-weaving company ($79.95-$850) relieve the discomfort of restrictive pants, and capes ($125+) provide conversation pieces during chance encounters with superheroes. An assortment of framed art, crystal, and other decorative elements keep indoor spaces Celtically covered.
Rice N Beans serves up traditional flavors of Latin America in a casual dining environment. Those flavors are seared into dishes such as quesadillas, empanadas, and arroz chaufas. Taste combinations are completed by sides such as plantains, guacamole, and fried yuca. They also offer vegetarian dishes such as tacos with rice and beans, chimichangas, and burritos.