In a petite 56-seat eatery, the chefs at Café St. Tropez cull fresh ingredients to craft the classic French sandwiches, pastries, and eats that populate the menu. Early risers can replace lingering memories of wailing alarm clocks with the sensations of a Very Berry crepe, a warm amalgamation of seasonal berries and mascarpone sprinkled with vanilla-infused sugar. In the St. Tropez caprese, tomatoes and avocado huddle next to fresh mozzarella as sourdough or wheat toast or a croissant soaks up garlic-infused olive oil like a teddy bear soaks up the sleep-mumbled poetry of children.
Inside Brunchies, servers carry plates of traditional American diner food, though many were prepared with health in mind. In keeping with the restaurant's name, chefs prepare breakfast and lunch dishes throughout the day. Their signature creations range from a skillet stuffed with cheddar, hash browns, and sausage topped with egg to french toast coated in corn flakes and topped with fruit. They also craft plates of buttermilk pancakes and egg-white omelets, and they stack sandwiches with steak, breaded pork tenderloin, or health-focused ingredients such as grilled chicken and avocado.
When party hosts sit down with Sweet & Savory chef Melissa Mudd, she listens carefully to what they envision, then helps them plan a menu to match the event. An office gathering might get a lineup of party trays. An elegant party might center on herb-roasted beef tenderloin with stone-ground mustard, or even a custom chocolate-zucchini wedding cake. Once the menu is decided, she and her team make everything from scratch, scorning time-saving measures such as premade icing.
Even when there's nothing in particular to celebrate, the aroma of freshly baking focaccia lures guests into Sweet & Savory’s café and bakery throughout the day. For breakfast, chefs drown buttermilk biscuits in housemade sausage gravy, and sauté bananas in brown sugar and dark rum to create bananas-foster buttermilk pancakes with vanilla crème anglaise. Later in the day, they heap slow-cooked barbecue pork on onion buns, then craft tartines with fire-roasted shrimp and corn relish, which pairs nicely with chilled soup or a salad drizzled with peach-champagne vinaigrette. Dinners can also be taken home to families or nests of baby birds, along with pies, cheesecakes, and other desserts.
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
Main St.'s menu items are carefully composed from organic, locally sourced, and natural ingredients and count among their assembly vegan and vegetarian options. Start with fried goat cheese ($7) or celery-root chips ($7), then range like the mighty buffalo onto central fare such as the bison stromboli sandwich with pickles, marinara, and provolone ($6.95). Satisfy an airborne palate with a fancy flight of pan-roasted duck breast with cherry-balsamic reduction ($17), set taste buds a-sail on a skiff of blackened salmon with pineapple pico de gallo ($15), or embrace your stomach's animal-friendly side with a leafy grilled-romaine salad with mustard-parmesan crust ($10). Irrigate a parched gullet with an organic soda (orange, grape, cola, and root beer, $2.25), or fill each of your scientifically abominable four stomachs with French-press organic-coffee service for four ($8), ground fresh upon ordering.
Like the rooster that graces Sunrise Cafe’s logo, owners Scott and Jenny Horsfield rise with the sun. They spend the early hours of each morning overseeing the café’s kitchen, where cooks crack eggs, sizzle bacon, and whip up housemade jam starting at 6 a.m. Come lunchtime, the staff shifts gears, sandwiching corned beef between slices of bread and tossing spinach with strawberries and housemade dressing. Though Sunrise Cafe has been around for 24 years, it continues to modernize with the times, blanketing its booths and tables with free WiFi and forbidding the use of phonographs.