BEST PLACE TO BE A LADY WHO LUNCHES
Even when it’s a workday—even when we’re only playing hooky from the office—we love gabbing with friends across the table at Derby Deli while we pretend to be ladies who lunch. Because the thing about dining inside Brown Derby International Wine Center is that the food is great and the vibe is oh-so-leisurely. Just look at the diners around you. Chances are, they are leaning back in their chair, one hand casually grazing the neck of a wine glass, the crumbs of a finished meal resting on the plate. What’s the rush? Let’s just finish this glass. Maybe have one more. We have all the time in the world. Or at least, we do when we’re ladies who lunch.
BEST SO-BIG-IT'S-SILLY PIZZA PIE
The 26-inch pizza at Vito’s Kitchen
If there’s one thing we love, it’s stellar pizza. It’s a treat we can rarely resist, and the pie at Vito’s Kitchen is among the best—with perfect crust, creative topping combinations, beautiful ingredients, and an only-open-on-certain-days schedule that makes you feel like you’re part of a club. But we guess it wasn’t enough just to have amazing pie; Vito’s also needed to have amazingly enormous pie. Only the bravest diners with the steeliest of stomachs can tackle the Big Vito Pizza Challenge—a loaded 26-inch, 10-pound pizza that is free if you can snarf it up quickly enough. Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Nah!
BEST GLUTEN-FREE DISHES
We are continually impressed by the sheer number of gluten-free options available at Commercial Street’s purveyor of Peruvian food, Cafe Cusco. On our last visit we counted a whopping 55 items on the menu that had the friendly little gluten-free symbol beside them. Fifty-five! And that doesn’t even take into account the kids menu. It’s a great place to go if you have a gluten-sensitive out-of-town visitor—a place where they’ll have lots to choose from and won’t feel limited by their dietary restrictions. If you’re visiting for the first time, opt for the ceviche taco plate. The ceviche has a delightful acidic punch, keeping every bite interesting. If that sounds a little too zippy for you, try the Lomo Saltado, a sauté of steak and veggies tossed with fresh herbs and a flavorful sauce.
BEST GIRLS NIGHT EATS
The Vineyard Market
Next time you and your girlfriends are sipping on some rosé and daydreaming about taking a wine country getaway together (even though you know in the back of your mind that you’re never going to plan one), direct the conversation to The Vineyard Market instead. The spot boasts a great wine selection, Napa-style charcuterie boards and other great eats, and even a humidor if you’re into the cigar life. Whether you’re indulging in Mimosa Saturdays or just diving into any old girls’ night out to share a beautiful plate of meat and cheese, this is one of our favorite spots to sit back, relax and dish on some hot goss’.