Chefs seek out locally sourced ingredients for their fresh flavors, crisp texture, and ability to give accurate directions to lost diners. Indulge in indigenous ingredients with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of locally sourced fare at Channel Café.
Channel Café slings seasonal flavors together to form lunch and dinner dishes served in a sleek atrium, with an adjacent gallery space that enhances meals with a creative flair. Local ingredients converge for midday meals, such as the five-spice salmon salad, which douses poached salmon and roasted veggies with tamari-scallion dressing ($12) and the pickled beet-and-goat-cheese baguette ($8.50), one of eight available sandwiches. Dinner diners can dig into the cranberry-lemon chicken, which covers pan-seared chicken breasts in a quilt of preserved lemons, spinach, and cranberries on a bed of roasted potatoes ($17). Madame CJ Walker's Favorite rigatoni ($18) simmers tender bites of veal and pasta in a tomato-mushroom sauce finished with hearty chunks of lobster meat. Boost caffeine consumption without taking multivitamins or showering in energy drinks with Channel Café's ample menu of coffee and loose-leaf tea, which rotates to feature recently harvested brews like barismo coffee and MEM tea.
When walking down the stairs into the Channel Café, guests may not be clear as to whether they are entering an art gallery, restaurant, or a friend's swanky apartment. Paintings, sculptures, pictures of Angela Lansbury, and other perfect works of art fill the spacious dining room as natural light floods in through street-level windows beneath the high ceiling. The basement eatery owned by seasoned chef Tammie Watson and baker Joyce Parlapiano takes a simple, locally sourced approach to cooking while still creating eclectic dishes that fit in alongside artsy neighbors in the Fort Point Channel district. Espresso drinks and loose-leaf teas pair well with house-made granola or egg-and-potato-filled breakfast wraps, and a curated beer and wine selection livens up seasonal salads and burgers topped with a West African barbecue sauce.