Songs from the 1940s drift through the air inside Taste, a café whose hip, inviting interior is illuminated by lights salvaged from old factories and whose exterior is adorned with a steaming coffee cup statue. At a counter crafted from a repurposed bowling lane, baristas take orders for fragrant ciders and teas, steamy mochas, and dishes such as tiramisu french toast with mascarpone-espresso cream. Guests can also munch on gourmet sandwiches layered with smoked meats and cheeses or fresh tuna salad or order s'mores to prepare at their own tables.
The staff at Colie's Cafe seeks to embody the affability and good nature of Albert Coleman "Colie" Linehan, a Canandaigua native born in 1917 and known for his joviality. According to Metromix, owner Michael Linehan, Colie's grandson, crafts hearty sandwiches, wraps, and pizzas to cement his station in the family lineage. In addition to its specialty sandwiches served on white, wheat, rye, or a roll, the eatery offers wraps, quesadillas, and sandwiches served in gluten-free tortillas as well as menu items with fewer than 600 calories for diners with a fear of large numbers.
Strings of twinkling lights glow above Roam Cafe’s cozy tables and pale-green walls, illuminating guests as they dig into fresh, crisp salads, pizza tossed from hand-made dough, and paleo diet-friendly options. The long bar gleams in the sunlight streaming in from a wall-sized window, and patrons sip espresso and munch on Sunday brunch. Brick arches lend the interior a hint of roman architecture, an outdoor patio welcomes alfresco merriment during warming months, and diners wash down house-made meatballs with cold beer or warm tomato sauce.
Nearly 20 self-serve frozen-yogurt stations line the wall at Soho Yogurt Cafe, spouting a rotating lineup of flavors that may include blueberry tart, birthday cake, and white-chocolate mousse. The yogurt menu includes a number of healthy options, including yogurts from Only 8, whose flavors only have 8 calories per ounce. Patrons can fill their cups with a mix of flavors, then sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit, chopped nuts, and cheesecake. Smoothies and coffee drinks round out the menu, along with gluten-free sweet options.
To give the Mona Lisa Café authentic European flair, the proprietors adorned the bistro from head to toe with décor and displays imported from Italy. Amongst the crimson walls and marble- and tile-topped café tables, patrons peruse the gelato selections and pastries kept chilled behind glass, seeking something to pair with their coffee drinks. During dinner, the kitchen crafts its own red sauce for pasta and parmigiana dishes, while fresh mozzarella melts over prosciutto and tomatoes in panini sandwiches. Patrons can dine al fresco in the fresh air as live music entertains them.
Ever since Cindy Barrett opened Comfort Zone Cafe in 1997, she and her family have worked tirelessly to meet her vision of what a coffee house should be. From the fair-trade Arabica coffee to the free WiFi, everything is geared to make patrons feel welcome.
In the mornings, cooks prepare sandwiches and toast bagels for breakfast served all day. They then begin grilling paninis and simmering made-from-scratch soups as morning ages into afternoon. Guests can sip caf? drinks such as the Almond Joy latte or the Emerald Champagne?a medley of pineapple, celery, and fruit juice served over ice.