Forget the predinner amuse-bouche. At New York's Compass, departing diners receive scones for breakfast the next day. In San Francisco, patrons at Masa's take away homemade lollipops.
2. PEANUT BUTTER
A childhood favorite hits the big time. Fondue Bar at Brasserie Perrier in Philadelphia serves banana beignets with peanut-butter-chocolate fondue. San Francisco's Postrio offers chocolate-peanut-butter mousse with caramel-corn garnish.
3. FAMILY DINNERS
The comforts of home minus the squabbles. On Thursdays at Angeli Caffe in Los Angeles, owner Evan Kleinman pushes the tables together for a family-style dinner. In New York, Merge features a weekly Crockpot Dinner, often with a Yankee pot roast.
4. WINE BARS
First there was a coffee bar on every block. Now wine bars are taking over. New ones are New York's Punch and Judy and McCrady's wine bar in Charleston, South Carolina.