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A City Market classic

I knew that Café Gelatohh at the eastern gateway to City Market was the city’s best destination for handcrafted, small batch gelato. What I didn’t know was that I could score an amazing sandwich to accompany my creamy, frozen treat.

The sandwich menu is large and caters to vegetarians with nearly as many options as it extends to us carnivores. Vegans can happily graze here. And hot dog lovers will feel guilt free with Gelatohhh’s organic, grass–fed, free range all beef frank.

I chose the Raffaello, a trio of meats — prosciutto, salami, and ham — with Provolone, olive salad spread, tomato and onion. The grilled ciabatta bread was a sturdy foundation for this deceptively filling little sandwich. The olive spread added a nice range of green veggie flavors and pleasant saltiness. Chips accompany all sandwiches.

Not in a sandwich mood? Four salads offer collections of crisp greens all the way to a summery caprese salad.

Store owner Joel Caplan makes gelato on premises every day — and loves to play with flavor combinations. Diehard fans know that each day brings a different surprise to the chilly gelato case.

Café Gelatohhh is a comfy and casual destination with a just–right menu of salads, sandwiches and gelato. It’s a tasty alternative to the usual assembly line sandwich joints.

202 W. St. Julian St./234–2344

River St. package store

I always thought it would be a great idea to have a small package store on River Street, and developer Jeff Notrica finally did it. Riverstreet Liquor obviously serves a vibrant hotel audience, offering visitors the chance to score a bottle of their favorite wine or liquor to enjoy in their rooms. Locals need to know the store is open on Sundays. Good selection of beer, wines and liquors. Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–11:30 p.m.; Sunday 12:30–11:30 p.m.

425 E. River St./(912) 944–4449

Homemade goodness

I’ve given Joe’s Homemade Café, Bakery & Catering a few weeks breathing room, but will be dropping in soon to sample their breakfast and lunch menus. There’s a lot of good vibes coming from guests who have already checked in — and I always love a place with homemade pie! Beat me there and see for yourself, 5515 Waters Ave., Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–4 p.m.