Simply Delicious directs its flavor-antennae into a far-reaching frontier of classic, casual eats to delight any number of picky tongue critics. Everything is made to order, from the substantial sandwiches made from the molds of actual submarines to the pizzas that weigh as much as an asteroid. Start serious with a full rack of St. Louis–style ribs ($19.95) or an order of chicken fajita quesadillas ($7.95). Yam-and-walnut pierogies ($9.95) make for an unusual addition, while a 12-piece broasted chicken meal ($20.45) welcomes the recurrent fowler with open wings. Satisfy a hydra's seven finicky palates with selections from a list of 13 lucky sandwiches, including the meatball classic ($5.95), classic Greek gyro ($6.95), and battered Icelandic fish 'wich ($7.75).
The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.
Inspired by the sugar-cane-surrounded Mexican municipality of Jojutlas and its culinary traditions, Jojutlas Mexican Grill re-creates recipes from the region and across Mexico. Housemade tortillas envelop locally sourced ingredients in dishes such as fish tacos with jicama-radish slaw, beef taquitos, and chimichangas prepared with conventional or organic chicken. The kitchen also whips up some entrees in a traditional adobo oven, whose composition of organic clay, earth, and straw imbues dishes with a uniquely authentic flavor. To sate sweet teeth, guests can indulge in sopapillas and strawberry-stuffed churros for dessert. Jojutlas invites frequent patrons to join the Mi Amigo Club, which bestows members with birthday and anniversary treats, as well as a promise to always be picked first for kickball.
Baked in the Village’s chefs and bakers work daily to prepare a slate of breakfast and lunch items and fresh baked goods. Their menu includes a variety of sandwiches that boast innards such as chicken salad, roast beef, and ham and cheese on breads such as croissants, pretzel rolls, and cracked wheat. Breakfast plates pair eggs, pancakes, and bacon with hot chocolate, cappuccinos, and cake breads such as lemon poppy and banana nut.
Stationed across from Kent Free Library, Wild Goats Café tramples hunger with its selection of homemade comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inside the dining room, wood trim runs along the top of sand- and pistachio-shaded walls, creating a warm atmosphere often filled with the smell of fresh-roasted coffee. Friendly servers pirouette between booths and tables delivering omelets in the morning and sandwiches in the afternoon, such as The Goat—an open-faced fusion of melted cheddar, tangy hummus, and veggies stacked atop pita bread. For dinner, the cooks craft a handful of entrees featuring a variety of enticing ingredients, such as organic chicken breast, house roasted sirloin, and homemade tomato cream sauce. Throughout the week, specials reward diners for their visit, including Buck Buck Brinner Wednesday, when eight menu items cost just a dollar apiece, making it the ideal night to finally take your pet elephant out for dinner.
Guests at Peaberry's Café & Bakery can chill out with an iced mocha ($3.49–$4.19) and free WiFi while scanning a menu of delectable, artistically arranged edibles. From open to close, patrons can enjoy breakfast specialties such as the egg-and-cheese croissant ($3.39) paired with a large vanilla-bean latte ($4.19), and linger long enough to make lunch out of a half-sandwich and crock of soup ($6.99+). Hot paninis come in six varietals, including the classic grilled Reuben ($6.99) and the portobello-and- roasted-veggie panini ($6.99). To refuel after an exhausting online session of closing popup ads, grab a ham-and-swiss croissant ($4.29), a tuna wrap accompanied by chips ($4.59), or an apple-walnut salad ($6.59) before heading out to face the rest of the day.