Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.
Locals linger at the counters of Cope’s Knotty Pine Cafe, chatting over steaming cups of coffee. Antiques and knickknacks speckle the wheat-hued wooden walls above booths and tables. Behind the counter, servers bustle, warmed by a griddle, and balance plates of omelets, burgers, and fried seafood. The dishes are all forged from recipes that might have been passed down through generations or discovered in extremely rough drafts of the Constitution.
Open around the clock, The Saugus Cafe harks back to a simpler time, when a slice of pie and a hot cup of coffee was all the happiness a person could ask for. Outside, the glowing neon of an ancient sign spells out "The Saugus" in looping letters, beckoning visitors inside for cocktails or pancakes at any time of day. If they take the bait, they'll find comfy booths that are great for cozying up on a first or thirty-fourth date. There's also a long line of swiveling stools at the counter, where regulars hunker down every morning to eat breakfast and read the latest news about President Eisenhower.
What is the most delicious color in the world? Ask the team at Ninong's Pastries & Cafe, and they'll give you a definitive answer to that question: purple. A violet hue is the signature to the cafe's pancakes, coffee cakes, shakes, and many other creations. Though not all of them, of course. The full menu represents an eclectic sampling of Filipino-American cuisine, from all-day breakfast dishes to savory entr?es including Mom's Loco Moco. The cooks here also make baguette sandwiches to order?right down to the bread, which they bake fresh for each and every corned beef or marinated pork sandwich. In addition to imported bites, Ninong's Pastries & Cafe also serves imported teas and coffees, including Barako Coffee imported from the Philippines brewed with water imported from the clouds.
Leafy palm fronds filter sunlight as it trickles in through House of Brews' expansive windows to land gingerly upon cups of freshly brewed coffee forged from Gaviña Gourmet Coffee beans. Visitors lounge by the fireplace with steaming cups of specialty espresso and tea drinks, the vibrations of free wireless Internet infusing the beverages with up-to-the-minute stock prices. Neatly manicured shrubs and trees shelter customers on the shaded courtyard patio, the café's wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items lavish palates with all-day nourishment.
There are two spots to sip your chocolate-mint mocha or jasmine milk boba tea at Bounce Boba Loft. The first is inside, where visitors work on laptops or catch the news on the flat-screen TV. The other is the outdoor patio, a spot complete with wicker-backed chairs and umbrellas that block the sun's rays and the Goodyear blimp's surveillance cameras. Either is a suitable place to savor a peach smoothie or a panini with turkey breast and applewood-smoked bacon on french sourdough bread.