Embracing the Middle Eastern culinary tradition of mezze?small plates of appetizer-like nibbles meant to be shared? Nara Bistro serves hot and cold varieties, including stuffed grapes leaves, creamy hummus, and spinach pies. Nara also serves traditional entrees such as chicken and minced beef strung along skewers on the grill and falafel tucked into sandwiches with mint and tahini. Its chefs also make classic Middle Eastern desserts, from baklava flavored with orange blossom syrup to sweet cheese-stuffed crepes. And all the dishes can be washed down with a bevy of beverages: fruit and honey smoothies, turkish coffee, and a wide selection of exotic teas populate the menu.
Grab a bagel ring for all 12 fingers ($10.95 a dozen), or grab an individual for a baby bracelet ($1.14 per bagel). Many toppings, cream cheeses, and spreads are also available. Although Bagel Me!'s name is both direct and delicious, the menu expands beyond the realm of the round. Breakfast items such as gooey cheddar and egg melts served alongside cinnamon baked apples ($4.19) and freshly blended smoothies ($4.39) will cause smiles at sunrise. Afternoon diners can hang fangs on tri-tip steak sandwiches such as the jalapeno-pineapple pairing, loaded liberally with caramelized onions, Tillamook cheddar, and monterey jack cheese ($7.49). Or fork up a variety of starters, such as Irish nachos based in French fries and topped with bacon, onions, cheddar and jack cheeses, and lucky wishes ($5.79).
Kelly's Coffee & Fudge Factory sets brains and stomachs abuzz with its selection of gourmet coffee, sandwiches, and treats. Energize sputtering body engines with caffeinated sups, such as the signature Kelly's cappuccino ($3.79 for a medium), or pick up a half-pound of roasted beans ($5.79) for continuous coffee consumption at home, the office, or your neighbor’s home office. Sweet teeth can heed the saccharine call of house-made, rotating fudge flavors ($3.25 per 1/4 lb.) or delectable scoops of italian gelato, and more savory incisors can sink effortlessly into made-to-order deli sandwiches, such as the california chicken breast, dressed in swiss, avocado, red onions, and garlic mayo ($5.99). Smoothies ($3.99 for medium, $4.99 for a large), baked goods such as brownies ($2.59), and gift baskets are also on-hand for appropriate slurping, nibbling, and bequeathing. After deciding whether to exchange the Groupon for a five-coffee punch card or to use it in one sitting, guests can indulge in free WiFi and validated parking.
Max Bloom's treats customers to classic café fare in an old-timey 1940s ambience, as vintage film posters, black-and-white photographs of glamorous starlets, and other remnants of pulp past line the walls. Max Bloom's menu percolates with caffeinated cups of house-blend coffee ($0.89–$1.80) and café lattes ($2.70–3.85), as well as vintage sodas ($1.85) and milkshakes ($4), which are concocted by a 1940s commercial mixer to impart the wholesome taste of postwar America. Diners can don their swellest petticoats and order a roast-beef panini as fuel for future foxtrot competitions ($4.75), or wake up with the breakfast burrito before imparting on a noir-esque detective hunt to find out who murdered the department store's mannequins ($3+). Max Bloom's also has a swinging calendar of events, including open-mic nights, film showings on Mondays, and live music.
After their personal experience with juicing revolutionized their lives, the husband and wife behind Drinkbar. Juicery decided to share their story with the public. The self-described “flexetarians” respect all food choices but choose to imbue their cleanses with raw juices, local coffees, and smoothies that help flush the body of toxins while flooding it with nutrients. Crafted from all-natural ingredients such as fresh carrots, apples, lemons, and kale, the juices can help customers shed pounds, evict harsh chemicals and toxins from the body, and even gain more restful sleep.
Cafe Tourane has one main pledge: to serve the freshest, healthiest coffee possible. The café cuts out the middlemen of warehouses and shipping by sending staffers on drives directly to their roaster to pick up beans, which wear the USDA organic seal to signify their total avoidance of synthetic pesticides and their love of stickers. While sipping on an espresso drink or a fruit smoothie, patrons can pop back sweet, sugar-dusted french beignets, served with a cool side of condensed milk for dipping. With plenty of natural light from front windows, the café is an ideal place to read a book with a cup of the fresh-brewed daily roast.