The scent of freshly baked biscuits, peppery gravy, and fried potatoes waft out of Republic Cafe’s kitchen 24 hours a day. Like the red, white, and blue of the French flag, the diner's housemade breakfasts pay homage to Americana, especially the country-fried skillet—a mound of hashbrowns topped with sautéed peppers and onions, cubes of country-fried steak, two eggs, and country gravy. Comfort-food classics populate the lunch menu as well, which stars BLTs, chicken-fried chicken, and open-faced beef sandwiches floating in a pool of savory, brown gravy.
Emack & Bolio’s reinvents classic soda fountain traditions by slinging a selection of gourmet ice cream and hearty hot dogs in a range of innovative forms. Staffers dig scoops into ice-cream tubs filled with flavors such as vanilla-bean speck, creamy chocolate, and mint chocolate chip to outfit cones, smoothies, brownie sandwiches, and dunce caps on undercover missions. Meanwhile, chefs toil at the grill to cook up 12 types of Nathan’s quarter-pound hot dogs and fashion a full menu of salads and sandwiches from old family recipes. Outside, a shaded patio beckons guests to cool off and enjoy the scenery of nearby Sequiota Park.:m]]
Seven days a week, the soft hum of bees can be heard buzzing around Honey Heaven, a boutique lined with decorative tea sets, children's toys, and a multitude of honey products. The sound isn’t coming from outside. Rather, it echoes from right inside the shop, where a swarm of bees scurry inside a glass-paned observation hive. This secured structure gives guests a chance to admire the bees, working hard as they extract honey from their combs and knit their Queen a sweater. Knowledgeable guides are on hand to walk guests through informative bee tours and explain the shop's vast selection of nectars, beauty products, and gourmet foods, all infused with the local, raw honey.
The shop's adjoining restaurant, Bee-stro Cafe—which offers free WiFi—lets diners taste the fruits of the bees’ labor in the form of honey-infused entrees such as nitrate-free turkey breast and grilled antibiotic-free chicken. Honey can also be found in the shop’s sweet lemonade drink and signature cake. The rest of the menu is dedicated to homemade meals, from hearty meatball and crisp salads topped with mandarin oranges to both a soup and quiche of the day.
A giant waffle cone in the middle of Simply Yo announces either that dessert is imminent or there is a 15-foot-tall child on the loose. The shop's pasteurized, homogenized yogurt is certified kosher and brimming with real dairy containing live and active cultures, which are recognized by the Live Active Frozen Yogurt Association. They aid digestion while tempting palates in 16 rotating, self-serve flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, White Chocolate Mousse, Dreamy Dark Chocolate, and Cookies N Cream?as well as eight twist combos?that guests can fashion into their own custom fro-yo desserts. At the toppings bar, guests can further customize their yogurt swirls with more than 40 treats, including Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces.
Simply Yo puts out its spread of nonfat, gluten-free, no sugar added and nondairy yogurts in a lounge that is elevated past standard yogurt-shop environs. The interior boasts whimsical room dividers, plush couches, and of course, the giant waffle cone. The staff welcomes guests to check their email with the shop's complimentary WiFi or have a meeting in their private rooms.
A waterfall of shells dangles above the mantel, upon which a parrot perches. The bar is crafted from carved wood and framed with transoms of stained glass. Walking through the door at Cafe Cusco, it's difficult for guests not to be enchanted by the interior, especially if they're lucky enough to score one of the sumptuous booths, whose wood and stained glass echo the bar, and whose tapestry-wrapped cushions cosset them better than their mother's lap. This decor sets the scene for comforting plates of Peruvian food such as lomo saltado, with its zesty tamari sauce and tomatoes, and arroz con mariscos, a tumble of seafood and rice cooked with white wine and red pepper.
It has been more than 30 years since Ziggie's Cafe opened its doors to dish out generous portions of American favorites and diner staples. The restaurant serves breakfast any time, which means diners can order spanish omelets, waffles, skillets, and country-fresh eggs during the day or that eerie time when the sun dips below the horizon. Other specialties include chicken-fried steak, gyros, and fettucine alfredo.