When I was in high school, we would sell Jim Morris t-shirts as a fundraiser for the environmental club, and it was a great deal-- the shirts are high quality and have an amazing variety of available designs-- ranging from cute and whimsical kids' T-shirts to shirts with realistic artwork and needed messages about species conservation and other environmental concerns. Jim Morris also has tote bags and stuff like that, too.
Into the Wind has a huge selection of toys, games, kites, and other items. They have a lot of quality kites and flying discs, and then they have many cheap and fun things as well-- puzzles, plastic bugs, wind-up toys, glow-in-the-dark stuff. . . This store is a great place to take visitors when you wander down the Pearl Street Mall. I could easily pass an hour in this store playing with all the nifty items on display.
Lucky's Cafe has a pretty classic selection of breakfast items. The food is a good value, and the service is friendly and relatively fast. The cafe is clean and well lit with cute tables and decor.
Laudisio Restaurant is a nice Italian restaurant with good service. It's a great place for a family dinner-- it can be busy, but it isn't too loud or hectic.
Chez Thuy has a great selection of Vietnamese food for take-out or dine-in. Although it maybe is a tad pricier than some of the Chinese restaurants in the area, Chez Thuy's food is definitely of higher quality and comes in sizable portions. My favorite menu items are the vermicelle dishes--fried rice noodles with honey and pine nuts-- delicious!
Falafel King is a nice place for a quick meal when you're strolling the Pearl Street Mall. They have typical fast Greek food-- falafel, gyros, baklava . . . I would say it's not really a standout restaurant, but they have tasty food for a reasonable value.
The Egg and I has many tasty breakfast dishes to offer at reasonable prices. I met a friend for lunch here one Sunday, and it was a great laid-back atmosphere-- quiet and not too crowded.
My brother once explained to me that the difference between Illegal Pete's and the typical burrito chain is that they mix the contents of the burrito before they wrap it up, thus preventing those problems where you get a bite of only beans followed by a bite of only guacamole. It's true--the mixing is key. The burritos here are a great value.
I just went to the Greenbriar recently for the first time in several years, and they have maintained excellent service and delicious food. The extent of their menu is amazing-- every dish has not only a unique main item, but it is accompanied by sides with a great blend of flavors, including unexpectedly delectable combinations, such as a spicy chocolate truffle. They have food I would never dream of dreaming up.
When we went to the Greenbriar, my mom was using a gift certificate from her birthday, and even though her birthday was a month before, they still brought out a mini creme brulee to mark the occasion.
Service is excellent, and they have all the nice little things that make the experience more special-- like palette-cleansing sorbet in between courses. Portions are fairly large for a fine restaurant, making it a fine value.
Turley's has a wide selection of foods, including many healthy selections, and provides a good value. The restaurant is fairly quiet, making it an excellent place to converse with a friend, colleague, or client.