Travel + Leisure
June 12, 2009

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.
—francine maroukian

Butcher Shop
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.
Plate NYC
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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