A quick midday lunch, a dinner to-go for four, a glass of wine before a show, a weekly hot dog fix — whatever you might be needing, Caviar & Bananas aims to be there for you. This gourmet grocery and café, named an Outstanding Retailer of 2012 by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, has a vast selection of prepared foods that come from the sky, sea, and land and spans the distance between ahi tuna and pan-fried tofu. They have daily satays, seasonal and healthful sides, and more that you can heat up and eat there or take home to enjoy later. The sandwich board is topped by the don't-miss duck confit sandwich, while the salad menu stars both scallop and lobster combinations (because who isn't tired of putting chicken on their salads?). They also have fresh sushi made on the spot with clever combinations like the Tuscan Roll (prosciutto, housemade mozzarella, oven-roasted tomatoes, basil, balsamic reduction, white rice, soy paper). The pastry counter is stocked with flaky sweets and custom-roasted coffees and espressos, which makes their weekend brunch hard to pass up if you're in the area. They also have a smaller outpost in the newly refurbished City Market Great Hall, offering well-prepared sandwiches, salads, and to-go fare. —Stephanie Barna, Dish (Summer 2012)
Creative, gourmet fare with salads, sandwiches, and grab-and-go bites.