Enzo's has only been in its current location for four months, but it already seems to be an anchor of the neigborhood. As my professor and I lunch one day, folks from adjacent businesses move in and out a back door to pick up some lunch or grab a cup of Joe, and regulars are hailed as they come through the front door. The staff is no less friendly with us first-timers, joking as they open the windows to get the smell of a stray burnt croissant out of the room.
Along with a menu that offers sandwiches and salads, as well as soups in the cooler months, Enzo's has a full coffee bar with frappés, zebra lattes (white and dark chocolate, espresso and whipped cream) and other standard coffee fare. Oddly, each time I ordered my standard Americano I seemed to confound the staff -- the order always resulted in two or three employees puzzling over the espresso machine about the drink preparation, a couple shots of espresso with hot water. They never did get the proportions right, but on follow-up, co-owner Al Sheets said that they are training staff in order to extend their hours through the weekend. So we'll just it chalk it up to that.
My professor was a little disappointed in the foccacia that bedded her Grilled Tuscan Turkey ($6.50) with smoked turkey, fresh mozzerella, red onion, spring mixed greens and pesto. She said it was bland and could have used some rosemary, but after a few more bites she concluded it was probably better that way since the pesto packed so much flavor. My double-decker Joe's Big BLT ($6), on the other hand, was perfect comfort food, chock-full of crisp bacon and slathered with mayo.
On other trips across the Rhine to Enzo's I enjoyed a piquant Curry Chicken Salad sandwich ($6) with grapes and walnuts and the towering Grilled Cuban ($6.50). The Southwest Salad ($5.50) topped with green onion, corn, black beans and tortilla strips is also a good choice, even though it lacks a little color -- nothing a few strips of red pepper couldn't fix. Grade: B
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