A sandwich, like a wallet, safely contains its precious contents, fits comfortably into a back pocket, and is rarely found by the police once it's been stolen. Covet valuable eats with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $12 worth of upscale deli fare at Cafe Palladio, located inside Palladio Antiques & Art.
Cafe Palladio seats guests between regional gallery pieces and brick-lined archways for homemade plates of gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches. The Southern fried green tomato sandwich ($9.25) supplements standard BLT ingredients with rémoulade sauce and fried green tomatoes on a white or wheat hoagie bun. As they bite into tiers of roast beef, onion, and bell peppers stacked on the River-City cheesesteak panini ($9.95), guests can create their own works of art with its melted strands of Swiss and cream cheese. The cheese n'fruit sandwich ($8.95) mingles vegetarian tidbits of honey, apples, spinach, and brie on a ciabatta bun before taking a sizzling trip to the grill. Each sandwich arrives with a side such as potato or pasta salad and can subtract one of its halves to enlist a soup or half-salad assistant ($8.95 for soup and half-sandwich, $10.25 for half-sandwich and half-salad).
Bordered by the rustic glow of the cafe's chandeliers, polished wood floors, and hyper-accurate still lifes of lanterns, patrons can tuck into layered lunches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Punctuate sips of peach or raspberry iced tea ($2.25) with clicks through the free WiFi network, or take a stroll through the Palladio Group's nearby design centers for further ganders at fine art and decor.
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.