Before the sandwich, the only way to get meat into your mouth without touching it directly was by wearing gloves made of bread. Rejoice in design simplification with today’s Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of upscale deli fare at Café Palladio.
Located within the adorned walls of Palladio Antiques and Art, Café Palladio's gourmet deli dishes appease salivating patrons. The Southern fried-green-tomato sandwich elevates a thumb-twiddling B.L.T. to heavenly heights, its rémoulade sauce keeping a watchful eye on the budding romance between crispy fried green tomatoes and smoky bacon ($9.25). Smoked chicken breast rests on a flaky croissant in the chunky chicken-salad sandwich, where it nibbles on grapes, pecans, and red onion ($7.95). The pear-and-walnut salad ($9.25) collects an ensemble cast of juicy pear slices, walnuts, and sassy blue-cheese crumbles for rehearsals on a mixed green stage in full raspberry vinaigrette makeup. Homemade soup and dessert options rotate daily based upon a round robin roshambo tournament among members of a divided council of silverware. Quench parched gullets with a glass of Palladio’s popular peach or raspberry iced tea ($2.25).
Café Palladio’s dark, varnished wood floors and brick-lined archways suit the aesthetic vibe set by the galleries of antiques, furnishings, and original artworks at Palladio Antiques and Art. Diners enjoy access to free WiFi before heading out on jaunts to other nearby Palladio Group design centers. Because sandwiches, like solar-powered monster truck rallies, are best enjoyed in the middle of the day, the café is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Situated inside Palladio Antiques & Art, Cafe Palladio satiates guests with a modest lunch menu of casual café fare, including 10 types of sandwiches, fresh salads, homemade soups, and its self-proclaimed “famous peach tea.” Surrounded by antiques, artworks, and decorative furnishings, diners dig into Dixie Delight with vegetables or slabs of moist coconut cake served upside-down or right-side-up at the customer’s request. Free WiFi is also available for lunchtime web surfing.