There’s a reason Alluette’s was recently featured in one of CNN/HLN’s Small Successful Business segments: Owner and chef Alluette Jones was organic before organic was cool. Keep an eye on the specials board and order the fried local shrimp if it’s available. The rest of the menu is simple, but there’s a little something special there; you can taste it in the juicy cheeseburger and in the fries that are so obviously handcut that they come in various shapes and sizes. You’ll find soul food staples like fish stew, and vegetarians and vegans will be right at home here. It won’t be a cheap meal by any means — you might spend $50 on lunch for two with an appetizer and drinks — but you’ll be in no rush to leave the boho vibe of the dining room. Grab a book (a small library is available), get a refill of fruity iced tea, indulge in one of the massive cookies, and hang out for a while. —Susan Cohen
Dish (Winter 2014)
An organic soul food cafe with items like fresh hummus and fish stew.
Features: Sunday Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Hours: Lunch (Mon.-Sat.), Dinner (Thurs.-Sat.), and Sun. Brunch