Family-owned since 1994, Old New York Deli & Bakery Co. specializes in doughy delectables and homemade schmears warmed and whipped on-site. The bagel emporium molds mouth-ready rings out of five preservative-free ingredients before boiling them and heating each in a 500-degree hearth that replicates Brooklyn's climate. The menu showcases 17 varieties of taste-bud-tempting, toroidal treats, including honey-oat raisin, pumpernickel, cranberry, chocolate chip, and sun-dried tomato. Festoon chewy bagels with a spread of one of nine homemade cream cheeses. Spice seekers can snatch a tub of jalapeño-cheddar, and ordinary Janes can opt for dollops devoid of forceful flavors, such as original or low fat.
Boney Mountain Coffee Company enlivens sluggish taste buds with a collection of caffeinated drinks born from the beans of [Santa Barbara Roasting Company] (http://www.sbcoffee.com/). Sip on a 16-ounce coffee ($2) or enroll tongues in an espresso drink such as a blended iced mocha ($4.25 for 12 oz.; $4.75 for 20 oz.) to gear up for a morning of marathon kite-stitching. Teas, cocoas, and juices are also available. Breakfast lovers nosh on freshly baked scones and muffins ($1.85) or a breakfast sandwich, served on a bagel, croissant, or english muffin ($4.75), whereas the sycamore sandwich, served with turkey or smoked ham and topped with sun-dried tomato pesto, cheese, and veggies ($5.95), mitigates mid-day munchies. Soak up the rays of summer before they're swallowed whole by the three-headed beast of autumn from a seat on Boney Mountain Coffee Company's outdoor patio.
Tomas Cafe & Gallery, noted on NBC LA for their take on the classic Mexican breakfast dish chilaquiles, staffs a legion of chefs and baristas who craft inventive breakfast and lunch dishes from local ingredients paired with coffeehouse drinks. In addition to brewing their own blend of coffee, the baristas furnish empty hands with mugs full of latte or cappuccino. Guest dine within the restaurant’s vibrant dining room, which is decked out in neon pink and bright yellow walls speckled with local artwork. Natural light floods the interior, breathing life into overhanging palm trees, which are rumored to steal succulent cinnamon rolls while diners aren't looking.
At Java Joe's, guests sip freshly made coffee drinks and graze baked goods, rummage through a collection of eclectic clothing and merchandise, and tap toes to live tunes. Baristas blend aromatic shots of espresso with frothy milk riddled with chocolaty notes to create a 16- or 20-ounce café mocha ($3.85–$4.25). Utilitarian cups of joe ($1.95 for 16 oz.; $2.25 for 20 oz.) fill mugs for on-the-go sippers and bulk beans ($13.95/lb.) allow customers to bring robust flavors and caffeine-jolts home. Pluck a pastry from a bakery filled with treats, such as scones ($2.45), chocolate-filled croissants ($2.95), and cheesecakes ($3.75) that quench food cravings and hush grumbling tummies like a swallowed Paul Simon 8-track.
More than 70 varieties of baked goods erupt with aromas from the Siblings Bakery ovens every day. Passersby catch whiffs of snickerdoodles, apple bars, and crumbly scones, then stop in and find artfully decorated cupcakes and soft cranberry-orange muffins. The bakery is home to an expert cake designer who has been in the business for more than 35 years. With the bakery's help, visitors solicit a custom 3-D wedding cake. They can also bring in a photo of a cherished friend, relative, or cake to be reproduced atop a brand-new cake.