The team at Big Apple Bagels builds chewy, ring-shaped bread bites from scratch and wakes palates with steaming cups of Brewster's coffee. The menu teems with eats inspired by New York City deli fare, such as bagel-based club sandwiches and nearly a dozen styles of cream cheese—including three whipped varieties and one milked directly from a somersaulting cow. Bagel flavors range from plain and sesame, while swiss melts warm palates with gooey layers of cheese. Gourmet muffins introduce mouths to fluffy, cake-like texture kept moist—yet low in cholesterol—with soybean oil.
At Da Vinci Gelato & Caffe, a glass case shields 32 pans of gelato and sorbetto. Cinnamon dusts the peaks of tiramisu, and rivulets of chocolate snake through the grooves of amaretto. Sorbets brim with fruits of the season, from strawberry and watermelon in warmer months to pomegranate and pear when the sun turns its back on earth. Although flavors rotate regularly, one thing remains constant: each batch is whipped up fresh daily in accordance with authentic artisan recipes.
As a contrast to frozen treats, baristas make hot drinks and cooks prepare authentic italian paninis that bear dark stripes from being flattened between two Ferrari grills. The staff also assembles crepes and packs take-home containers of gelato.
Visitors to Aspen's Brew might forget they're inside a coffee shop at all, as the family-owned cafe cultivates an ambiance of low-key comfort reminiscent of a classic, all-American living room. Guests can admire and purchase the unique artwork on the walls while lounging on the couch, kick back with the morning paper on an upholstered grandfather chair, or handwrite their emails at one of the wooden tables. As the morning sun gradually suffuses the cozy space with natural light, baristas rustle up six award-winning micro-roasted brews from Dillanos Coffee Roasters while the on-site bakers usher out scones, muffins, croissants, and cinnamon rolls. To add even more homeyness to the mix, they also serve up bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and squares of Grandma's coffee cake, a from-scratch pastry that comes from a secret recipe whispered between generations during games of Telephone at family reunions. In the afternoon, the kitchen staffers keep the hospitality coming with fresh, made-to-order sandwiches and paninis, as well as homemade soups, specialty coffee drinks, and desserts such as carrot cake and brownies.
The folks at Aspen's Brew also cater this down-home cafe fare for events, whether for morning meetings, lunch, or afternoon gatherings. To ensure these special occasions go off without a hitch, they deliver anywhere in the greater San Antonio area.
The kitchen crew at Quicksands Cafe embellishes plates with heaping helpings of house-made eats, including vegan and vegetarian feasts, for every meal of the day. Crispy pizzas emerge from the oven blanketed in smoked provolone, fresh tomatoes, and basil, and a slice of turkey meatloaf rests atop sautéed apples, sour cream, and malleable mashed potatoes that can be easily molded into the shape of a favorite president’s bust. For lunch, dining duos can tear into roast-beef sandwiched between two slices of fresh-baked bread or graze vegan-style with a black-bean-and-alfalfa-sprout sandwich. On Saturday and Sunday morning, breakfasts such as the Guatemalan’s duo of made-to-order eggs flanked by sautéed plantains and black beans entertain mouths better than a game of bobbing for scrap metal.
What’s Your Flavor curates classic American concession-style treats filling cups with syrupy shaved ice, sprinkle-topped ice cream, and a range of chips smothered in nacho cheese. Like Dr. Jekyll’s online dating profile, the menu features two distinct personalities. One half emphasizes frosty options such as smoothies and banana splits, and the other focuses on hot nachos and plates of spicy Cheetos topped with melted cheese. Alongside these nostalgic treats, the shop also sells a range of grownup salads and sandwiches.
Vegeria Vegan Restaurant, a gluten-free establishment, repels hunger with artistic, plant-based cuisine, and recently expanded its all-natural approach into an on-site bakery, featuring gluten-free birthday and wedding cakes. Chefs whip up fresh sandwiches, tacos, and raw dishes, such as the the potato, corn, and poblano flautas or the sun-dried tomato and sweet potato enchiladas topped with cashew cream. Artistic themes carry over from plates to Vegeria's actual décor, as each month, it showcases the works of a different local artist in an effort to raise proceeds for community organizations.
Grassroots Coffee helps guests go from bleary-eyed to blissfully buzzed by serving up mugs brimming with freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee in a comfy café setting. Sink into a padded wooden chair with a cup of blum java ($2.50–$3.50), a slow-poured, ultra-filtered brew, or awaken the senses with a Jolt ($2.25–$2.50), a drip-brewed coffee topped with espresso and seasoned with lighting-rod photons. This caffeine canteen also provides coffee-free options, such as the caramel—a joe-less caramel latté drizzled with caramel ($2.25–$2.60)––and fruit coolers available in strawberry, peach, Island, and Coolada flavors ($2.10–$2.90). Couple a jump-starting libation with an asiago-cheese bagel ($2.40) or a cinnamon scone ($2.75). Or finally find the courage to end a long-term relationship with Famous Amos by locking lips with peanut-butter fantasy cookie––a dreamy chocolate cookie stuffed with creamy peanut butter ($1).