Each day, the modern interior of Saturday Morning Cafe fills with the aromas of freshly brewed coffee, seafood and chicken sizzling on the grill, and sweet pastries. In warmer weather, these smells might mingle with an invigorating breeze from the Inner Harbor and the dulcet tones of far-off sea shanties in the outdoor seating area. In this casual atmosphere, diners indulge in comfort food, including french toast topped with berries and whipped cream, house-made waffles with Southern-fried chicken, and omelets stuffed with crab and shrimp. Later in the day, chefs prepare sandwiches and specialties such as barbecue chicken and fish and grits. The space also hosts occasional live performances from local musicians and showcases work from local artists.
The minds behind Fresh Farms Cafe hope to nourish guests with food that is not only prepared fresh every day, but also made with local dairy, meat, produce and bread products. Every morning, the kitchen welcomes deliveries of bread and fresh produce that the kitchen staff later use in handcrafted artisan sandwiches, paninis, salads, and flatbread pizzas. The cooks hand-form burger patties using 100% certified Angus beef from local farms and cook them to order, whip up housemade sauces, blend fruit purees with milk for smoothies, and simmer pots of freshly made soup.
If they can't find an ingredient locally, they turn to regional and environmentally-conscious suppliers, eschewing national companies in an effort to be green. In fact, sustainability is so important to Fresh Farms Cafe, it serves its food and drinks in 100% recyclable, compostable, or post-consumer containers. Plus, it recycles newspapers, allowing patrons to freely read one that someone else has already read or used as a prop in an impromptu street performance of Newsies.
Despite the fact that everyone has to eat to live, the culinary team at Liv2Eat thinks it should be the other way around. Sourcing seasonal ingredients, they craft a rotating selection of dishes throughout the year, from fresh seafood selections to a local snap pea salad. Six days a week, the back patio and dining rooms bustle during dinner service, and servers transport bottles of wine, craft beers, and champagne throughout the cozy, low-lit dining rooms. On Sundays, the chef/owner puts his own elegant spin on morning noshes that include a green eggs & ham with wilted spinach that gives eaters a penchant for speaking in rhyme.
A coffee shop is a great place to get work done without being actively social but still feeling completely social. Use today's Groupon to be productive in the comfort of the crowd instead of alone at home. For $10, you get $20 toward anything edible and drinkable (does not include intangibly consumable events) at Peace & A Cup of Joe. You can snag up to three Groupons, which will be converted into gift cards the first time you head into the quaint, independent shop. These will act just as regular gift cards act, with composure and class. Groupons are also good toward daily specials.
Koffee Therapy features "shade-grown" coffees. Shrouded by a lush tree canopy, these bird-friendly blends boost vegetation, are completely organic, and were never smothered in Gak to accelerate ripening. Try a cup of drip Koffee ($1.50–$1.75) or sample an espresso-based drink from coffee-shop classics such as red eyes (from $2.25), mochas (from $2.75), and cappuccinos (from $2.50). Cold beverages include homemade ice tea ($1.60), ginger beer ($2), and refreshing Perrier ($1.50). Koffee Therapy also serves fruit smoothies ($4.50) and iced coffee drinks.
Sorso's menu features a variety of tasty Italian treats that will teach even the crudest of stomach growls to elegantly roll their r's. Start your morning right with a swift sip of organic espresso ($1.65), a creamy cappuccino ($3.35 for 16 oz.), or an icy frappe ($4.25 for 20 oz.). Sorso Cafe serves only Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. coffee, a company committed to quality and eco-friendly production practices. Calm your caffeine jitters with a hearty breakfast sandwich ($3.55), a refreshing yogurt and granola cup ($3.95), or one of Sorso's sweet pastries ($1.45–$1.95).