Shishito Peppers at Ra Sushi

Tender but with just the right amount of spring and snap left in them, a dish of green shishito peppers is the ideal way to kick off a meal at Ra Sushi. The plump peppers are sautéed with garlic and tossed with black sesame seeds, togarashi, sriracha and Tsuyu No Moto (seasoned soy sauce). They run the gamut from mild to the occasional spicy surprise, but mostly they just deliver a satisfying warmth that will rev you up for the sushi that’s to come. $7, in Fashion Show, 696-0008, RaSushi.com.

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Red Velvet Pancakes at Babycakes

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Red Velvet Pancakes at Babycakes

Pretty in pink and pleasing to the palette are the red-velvet pancakes at Babycakes Café, a compelling reason to get out of bed early this weekend. The pancakes are topped with whipped cream and chocolate crumbles, and served with cream cheese syrup. In addition to traditional favorites, consider S’more, rocky road, carrot cake and lemon ricotta pancakes. By the time you’re done, you won’t know if it’s breakfast time or dessert time—you’ll just be very happy. $5.75 for a short stack, $9 for a full stack, 2400 N.

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