Eat This Tonight: Chill food is what's hot

Cool down for wut?



Mother Nature’s been bringin’ the heat this August with some seriously humid and sunny 90-degree days. Needless to say, sweating over a hot grill just doesn’t seem worth it — not even if you're making Ernest Hemingway's burger recipe. So instead of sweltering, cool down this weekend and get some refreshing fare at one of these places around town.

At Fast and French try the cold cucumber soup, which is made from a daylong-marinated mixture of tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, green peppers, and olive oil combined with garlic, onion, dill, plain non-fat yogurt, milk, and sour cream. A cup will run you $3.59 while a bowl costs $4.92, including tax. And if you’re not in a veggie mood, try their fresh fruit salad with raisins, nuts, and a mix of seasonal fruits.

High Cotton's chef Sean Kelly knows the restaurant’s summer crowds are looking to beat the heat. As a chilly choice, a tomato gazpacho is priced at $5 per cup and $7 per bowl. To make the soup, Kelly combines onions, garlic, bell peppers, salt, and sugar before adding cucumbers, tomatoes, and lemon juice. After marinating for two-hours, a hand mixer is used to pulse various herbs and extra virgin olive oil into the mixture until it is only slightly chunky and ready to be cooled for 24-hours before serving.

Over at The Park Café there's a seasonal salad on offer with vine-ripe tomatoes, tomini cheese, basil, and olive oil all covered in a balsamic drizzle for $8.  

If you're looking for a bite to-go, Mixson Market has a mighty fine chicken salad sandwich with chicken, mayo, celery, chopped dried cherries, red onions, pecans, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and salt and pepper on toasted ciabatta for $8. The chicken salad can also be put over a salad of mixed greens for $8, or purchased alone in 8 oz. servings for $5 or 16 oz. serving for $8.

And for dessert, this week King of Pops will be jumping around to a few farmers markets — although you can always find them at Marion Square — with their usual flavors like chocolate sea salt, banana, and strawberry lemonade. The King will also be bringing along peach, peach cobbler, blueberry, blueberry lemongrass, blackberry ginger lemonade, and orange creamsicle flavored pops — though the availability of flavors will vary at different locations.

And finally, for a refresher with a kick, Black Tap Coffee offers a sweeter treat you can get as late as 7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Their signature Black Julep espresso drink features a double shot shaken in a cocktail shaker with ice, honey, and fresh mint. The ice comes out cold and lightly frosted and the espresso gives you a nice kick of energy. With tax, the drink comes to $4. 

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