Maybe you can't be all things to all people. But these multitasking restaurants—which double as everything from a gallery to a car wash—prove that there are two sides to every setting.
|THE PLACE||THE DEAL||THE DISH||THE TAKE-AWAY|
552 Tremont St., Boston; 617/423-4800; dinner for two $55
|Meat hooks and floor-to-ceiling lockers give way to an intimate candlelit wine bar.||Roasted Giannone Farm chicken paired with artisanal wines.||Stop in for all-natural chops from the butcher and stay for a glass of Pinot d'Avnis.|
264 Elizabeth St., New York; 212/219-9212; dinner for two $60
|Gallery and clothing boutique by day, Asian-Latin culinary hot spot by night.||Lamb skewers with chipotle and brown sugar; infused sake cocktails.||Pick up a Warhol print and roll out on a customized vinyl skateboard.|
|H&H Car Wash
701 E. Yandell Dr., El Paso, Tex.; 915/533-1144; lunch for two $13
|There's always a wait for a counter stool at this 46-year-old café and car wash.||Carne picada (diced sirloin with tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños).||Eating on the go has never been this easy. Chile rellenos with your wash and wax?|
|La Dolce Vita
9785 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; 310/278-1845; dinner for two $80
|A former Rat Pack haunt (an Old Blue Eyes favorite) that now moonlights as a film production office.||Linguini tutto mare, loaded with shrimp, calamari, clams, and lobster tail.||The chance to sell your screenplay—in Hollywood, there's just no end to the wheeling and dealing.|
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