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Food for Any Mood

View the full feature in the March/April 2012 issue of Evansville Living.

"What are you in the mood for?"

We’ve all heard that before, but there’s simply no room for dining indecisiveness with so much to choose from. If spring has you feeling amorous, perhaps you’re in the mood for a daylong romantic menu extravaganza. Breakfast isn’t just for breakfast, of course — sometimes we crave it all day. Perhaps you want to give meatless a try. Whatever your food mood, we have a day planned for you.

We’ve taste tested our way through a variety of cuisine. Stay in your dining comfort zone or try something new. Let our Food for Any Mood recommendations be your guide to good eating.

Meatless Meals

Granola Cookie

The Granola Jar Café & Bakery

This cakey congregation of all-vegan ingredients can pull a double shift, serving as breakfast or dessert. The Granola Jar’s signature blend of cranberries, raisins, walnuts, sunflower seeds, oats, and a dash of cinnamon packs the cookie, made with a healthy blend of soy yogurt and canola-oil butter, with flavor.
1033 E. Mount Pleasant Road • 812-437-1899 •

Pear Salad

Café 111

This savory salad of fresh baby field greens, crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, candied spiced walnuts, and crisp, fanned pear slices is sure to make your mouth water. The homemade pear vinaigrette dressing features roasted, fresh pears and is the secret to this dish’s delectable flavor.
111 S. Green River Road • 812-401-8111 •

Spinach and Feta Pizza

The Slice

For his master’s degree in professional studies at Cornell University in Cornell, N.Y., Eric Weber’s thesis was a business plan for By the Slice Pizza. Known now as The Slice, Weber’s pizza joint near the University of Evansville is revered for its thin, crispy slices of pie. Going meatless is easy with a slice topped with spinach and feta, drizzled with olive oil, and punctuated with garlic — simple perfection.
2011 Lincoln Ave. • 812-402-8518

String Beans with Pancakes

Jimmy Jeng’s Szechuan Chinese Restaurant

One of Jimmy Jeng’s “top 10” dishes, the string beans with pancakes can be found in the light and healthy menu section — pancake is synonymous with tortilla. Garlic sautéed green beans are prepared and then quickly wrapped in four tortillas as part of the meal presentation. Dinner and a show.
669 N. Green River Road • 812-479-7600 •

White Rabbit Coffee Beverage

Penny Lane Coffeehouse

While it’s hard to go wrong with any syrup-based coffee beverage, this indulgent blend of coffee, white chocolate, and almond is better than what you might get from the well-known franchise competitor. Top it off with whipped cream; you’re already betraying your diet. If you’re going to cheat, cheat well.
600 S.E. Second St. • 812-421-8741. •

World Tour

Volcano Roll Sushi Lunch Bento

Nagasaki Inn

Remember unpacking your lunchbox as a kid? Consider this the lunchbox reinvented. Arriving in a well-organized tray is the Volcano Roll, bursting with fresh salmon, spicy tuna, and cream cheese, and drizzled with spicy mayonnaise. Accompanying the savory main attraction is a cup of warm miso soup, a fresh green salad, crisp egg roll, and the “chef’s special” appetizer of the day.
5720 E. Virginia St. • 812-473-1442. •

Garlic Chicken

MA.T.888 China Bistro

First impressions count, and this elegant chicken dish, including sliced onions, mushrooms, and carrots in a tangy brown sauce, arrives at the table aside fresh, shredded lettuce topped with a beautifully-carved radish rose. Of course, the proof is in the taste, and the vegetables are cooked to just the right tender-crispness before receiving the glaze of perfectly seasoned, mildly spicy sauce.
5636 Vogel Road • 812-475-2888 •

Bavarian Apfel Strudel

The Gerst Haus

Germany is known for its hearty, flavorful cuisine: frankfurters, beer, and warm apple strudel. This dessert — warm, baked apples seasoned with cinnamon in a flaky crust, topped with two generous scoops of frosty vanilla ice-cream and a tantalizing homemade rum sauce — bolsters the country’s reputation as a solid culinary contender. Guten appétit!
2100 W. Franklin St. • 812-424-1420 •

Montadito de Queso and Meil

Eclipse Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant

If you are familiar with the childhood treat of whole-wheat toast smothered with cream cheese and drizzled with honey, you’ll enjoy this flavorful dish that easily one-ups the homemade creation, remaining true to the delightful flavor combination. Goat cheese tops four slices of toasted whole-wheat bread. The combination is then sprinkled with almonds and drizzled with honey. Save this dessert-like dish for last. 113 S.E. Fourth St. • 812-463-6040

Turkish Coffee

Manna Mediterranean Grill

Try Turkish coffee at Manna Mediterranean Grill if you don’t plan to go to bed early. This very strong coffee is made by bringing finely ground coffee, spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg, sugar, and water to a boil three times, allowing it to cool very briefly between boilings. Manna Grill offers its Turkish coffee in a special long-handled copper pot and serves in tiny cups. The bubbly froth that forms on the coffee’s surface is thought to be a sign of good fortune for anyone who gets some in their cup.
2913 Lincoln Ave. • 812-473-7005 •

Huevos Rancheros

El Maguey Grill Mexican Restaurant

A traditional Mexican medley is a must-have American breakfast. Two eggs, any style, arrive smothered in warm salsa and share the plate with Spanish rice and refried beans.  Accompanying the dish are four steamy flour tortillas for a quad of create-your-own breakfast burritos. Or use the last tortilla to soak up the remaining salsa — it’s too good to waste.
3225 Warrick Drive, Boonville, Ind. • 812-897-6666

Breakfast All Day

Fried Louie Burger

Bar Louie

Circled on the menu as a Bar Louie specialty, the Fried Louie Burger promises to deliver a unique flavor agreed upon by loyal patrons. What sets this burger apart from others served with lettuce, bacon, and cheddar cheese is one small, taste-altering ingredient: a fried egg. Without dominating the tasty carnivore delight, the egg offers a glimpse of breakfast for those morning cravings at night. Don’t pair it with orange juice — but maybe a Havana Classic Mojito.
7700 Eagle Crest Blvd. • 812-476-7069 •

Fit Frappe

Donut Bank

Being fit never tasted so good. This frosty treat packs a hefty 20 grams of protein, while slipping in only 3.5 grams of fat, one gram of sugar, and a mere 130 calories. The “shake” comes in three tasty flavors — vanilla latte, mocha, and espresso — and boasts a fuller, creamier flavor than other “light” frozen coffee beverages, even if you forgo the optional whipped topping. With or without a delicious donut, this is a must-try for breakfast or a snack on the run.
Eight locations in Evansville, Newburgh, Ind., and Princeton, Ind. •

Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Coffee Cottage & Café

With a medium-sized house blend coffee, a cup of steel-cut oatmeal from the Coffee Cottage & Café is an energy-boosting wake-up call. Steel-cut oats are chewier and nuttier in taste than rolled oats, resulting in a hearty breakfast. If you prefer a little extra flavor, blueberries with a sprinkle or two of brown sugar should meet the need.
612 S. Weinbach Ave. • 812-401-1930

Quiche du Jour

Lorenzo’s Bistro & Bakery

Go ahead and take for granted the menu’s description of the quiche du jour as “extra tall.” It’s layer upon layer of daily specials, such as meatballs with Swiss cheese and cherry tomatoes, and constants: eggs and cheese in a flaky puff pastry. The salad on the side is rich with fresh veggies and greens, and serves as the perfect companion for the towering quiche.
972 S. Hebron Ave. • 812-475-9477 •

Nutella Crepes


Faint flavors are not IHOP’s style. The fresh strawberries and fruity glaze that adorn this dish’s light and fluffy crepes get right to the point: a delicious breakfast. The Nutella crepes feature banana slices and a generous helping of the sweet hazelnut spread. Top it all off with whipped cream and add the fact that IHOP is open 24/7, and you know you’ll never be without a sweet, satisfying dining option.
601 N. Burkhardt Road • 812-471-0510 •


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