The sudden onset of hunger pains is the leading cause of unfinished novels, canceled duels, and tied soccer matches. Today's deal employs delicious cuisine to cut down on unfinished business: for $5, you get $10 worth of café fare and beverages at Cosi's Lexington locations in Victorian Square and Hamburg. A nationally known line of restaurants, Cosi was originally inspired by a small Parisian café, where a menu of quality food is served and the community gathers for conversation in an inviting, convivial atmosphere. Warm, signature flatbread is the starting point for many of Cosi's sandwiches and pizzas -- try the tomato, basil, and mozzarella melt with Cosi vinaigrette ($6.19), or for dinner try the smoky BBQ chicken pizza, with spicy grilled BBQ chicken breast, smoked gouda, red onion, and cilantro ($12.99). Interesting music from around the world serenades you as you sink into your comfortable booth at the urbane Cosi.
An open-flame hearth is at the heart of Cosi's kitchen space, giving sandwiches and pizzas their toasty crunch. But there's a lot more to the menu than what happens under the flame. The T.B.M. sandwich piles tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella inside warm flatbread and the tandoori chicken sandwich brightens up grilled chicken breast with red peppers. Even salads are hearty meals here, with choices such as the cobb mixing greens with grilled chicken breast, bacon, and gorgonzola in a sherry-shallot vinaigrette. The crown on top of any meal here is undoubtedly the s'mores, in which two to four diners roast their own marshmallows over a tabletop fire pit, then sandwich the sugar cloud with chocolate and graham crackers before dragging their sleeping bags into the kitchen for a night's rest.