Old Town Brasserie
's adjacent market has all the charms of a quaint Parisian cafe. Offering a menu more casual and less expensive than its counterpart, The Brasserie's Market aims to be your stop for a morning coffee and pastry, a light lunch, dinner or a daily baguette.
The cafe's French fare ranges from gourmet sandwiches, salads and sides (all for under $10) to cheese plates, pate and pastries. Try the serrano ham & manchego sandwich, which comes served on a baguette with grainy mustard, baby arugula and balsamic vinaigrette. If you're looking to go a little more French, order the Market Duo (mousse de foie, pate de champagne, assorted olives, Dijon and grainy mustard).
For a heartier meal find seasonal entrees such as half herb roasted Amish chicken ($12), grilled salmon ($15) and spinach lasagna ($8). Stop by in the morning for freshly-baked croissants, scones and muffins in addition to coffee and espresso drinks. The market also features a dessert case full of cakes, brownies, biscotti, cookies and, for the chocoholics, a tempting chocolate bread pudding ($3) with a chocolate-filled center and side of chocolate sauce. Wine by the bottle or glass as well as a handful of bottled beers are also available.
In addition to its menu, The Brasserie's Market sells meats and cheeses by the pound, as well as specialty products such as sea salt, balsamic reduction and chocolates from Spain. Diners have the option of ordering their food and sitting at Old Town Brasserie's bar (or outdoors when weather is nice) or taking their meal to go. If you're planning on enjoying the food outdoors, perhaps in the setting of a festival or park, the market rents and sells picnic baskets complete with your choice of sandwiches, sides, entrees, cheeses, pate and wine.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Katie Piepel