The buzz: The busiest restaurant site in Dempsey wouldn’t be complete without a catch-all café and yes, casual seven-week-old Addictions Cafe is it.
The vibe: Indoors, it’s a sparse space with muted tones. Mossy green tiles cover the walls, blending in with the garden-like surrounds. But sit outdoors and find a much more psychedelic atmosphere.
The food: There’s nothing too challenging here, just crowd-pleasing dishes like the starter Crab About You ($18), featuring almond-crusted soft shell crab on a bed of spinach and fennel. Mains run the gamut of Japanese-inspired salmon soba ($24) and Gal-Bi, Baby! ($33)—Korean short ribs with citrus-scented cous cous—to local classics, including a rendition of mee siam ($18) made luxe with some jumbo prawns. Desserts are always-welcomed standbys such as the Triple Chocolate Threat ($12)—chocolate marquise, ganache and molten cake.
The drinks: Indulge in boozy shakes like the Cookie Monster ($16), a mix of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, rum and milk.
Why you’ll be back: The range of their globally-inspired eats is enough to rival any country club café’s. So even if your dining party has diverse tastes, everyone leaves happy.