A coffee shop for all ages, Fido blends gritty atmosphereexposed brick walls, local art, study hall tableswith sneakily refined dining. Along with a menu of bagels, organic muffins and breakfast dishes, a rotating roster of local and seasonally influenced entrées elevates the cozy coffee shop to an unexpectedly food-focused restaurant. Caffeinated college kids can cram next to families enjoying seared shrimp with white bean cake and mâche, fennel-orange and avocado salad, and peanut butter and jelly. A Hillsboro Village landmark, this former pet shop is a diners best friend any time of day. — Carrington Fox
One good reason to visit sushi chef Kenji Ohno's establishment is the Japanese, Thai and Laotian appetizers and entrees, particularly the seaweed salad, the steamed spinach with peanut sauce, the calamari sauteed with ginger soy sauce, and the grilled salmon with Thai cabbage slaw and ponzu sauce. Ohno's superb sushi is the other reason to visit, with an excellent fish-to-rice ratio. One of his most popular dishes is his sushi pizza: a flat bed of rice with crabstick, roe and raw veggies spread with mayo and butter.
Situated in a refurbished Victorian home, Monell’s is not your typical meat-and-three, but more like Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. It’s served the same way, around communal tables with big bowls of fried chicken, pot roast, mashed potatoes, squash casserole, green beans, yeast rolls and corn bread, all passed family-style. Wash it down with pitchers of sweet tea and finish up with a slice of fudge pie.