Brought up in Germany by parents working with the US military, brothers Jonny, Robbie, and Jeremy Moore trace the foundation of their coffee shop to their travels. From Italy to Thailand, the brothers had the benefit of sampling some of the world’s best coffees, refining their palates and developing their love of the drink in the process. Today, they combine their efforts to source fair-trade beans from far-reaching destinations, bringing them to BonLife for Robbie to roast onsite. Focused on crafting perfect individual cups instead of pouring orders for the masses, BonLife regularly features nine brewing methods and a 10th that rotates monthly. The deft baristas watch Japanese siphoning apparatus percolate over open burners, drip pour-over cups from custom-made stands, and extract espresso from Sofia, a copper-plated espresso machine and not a woman who fiercely guards her coffee. The coffee bar also offers organic granola bars, biscotti, greek yogurt, and 100% fruit smoothies.
Caffeine Addicts quenches thirsts and sates scone seekers with a broad menu of gourmet coffees, lattes, baked goods, sandwiches, and more. Introduce shy taste buds to a genial roast-beef sandwich ($4.25), and tack on a homemade soup, pasta salad, or potato salad ($1.75 extra) for added appetizing atmosphere.
Peruvian-born chef Pilar Albernas and her family opened Ají Peruvian Restaurant in 2011, naming the eatery after the Peruvian word for "pepper." True to their name, Ají imports many varieties of peppers to flavor its authentic cuisine. Maize tamales steamed in banana leaves, Peruvian rotisserie chicken, and Andean corn salad with fresh cheese and an herb dressing are among the kitchen's specialties. Many dishes can be made vegetarian or vegan, and at the end of meals, diners can sweeten palates with desserts such as picarones—Peruvian donuts made with Andean squash and sweet potato.
Organic and fair-trade ingredients transform into beverages, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Pasha Coffee & Tea. Between walls bedecked with original artwork, patrons nestle into plush armchairs to warm up with marbled-froth cappuccinos. Guests also spoon up Oreo frappes heaped with pillowy dollops of whipped cream, as well as coffee that, according to the roasting philosophy printed on the menu, is painstakingly roasted to the optimal degree. Cholula mayo paints crispy bacon slices in the spicy BLT, and pesto and mozzarella accent the italian breakfast melt's stack of ham and tomatoes. And occasionally, the coffee tables, magical beanstalks growing from dropped beans, and mismatched furniture part ways to make room for live music and poetry.:
The dessert technicians at Top It Off Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies satisfy sweet cravings with a delicious lineup of fruit-, chocolate-, and cake-flavored treats. Nestled within brightly painted walls adorned with trees and swirls, a rainbow-colored self-serve display doles out frozen treats ($0.45/oz.) like a mechanical candy man, filling bowls with fro-yo flavors including old-fashioned peanut butter, milk chocolate, or low-fat red-velvet cake. Selected flavors allow diners to spoil dinners with minimal damage, sweetly serenading palates with no-sugar-added and non-dairy varieties. In addition to enticing taste buds with dulcet frozen treats, 20-ounce smoothies ($4.99 each) deliver fruity packages of flavor in slurpable form, and free WiFi feeds laptops delicious desserts of silly cat videos and Photoshopped toddlers.
N’awlins Big Easy Bistro owners Craig McNamara and Venu Puttagunta celebrate the spirit of New Orleans with a regular lineup of rustic cuisine as well as occasional oyster roasts and crawfish boils. Prepared in the tradition of Cajun cooking, the eatery's menu ignites taste buds with shrimp or barbecue shrimp. Soppin bread accompanies crawfish étouffée, and po boys come dressed up in lettuce, tomato, and house sauce or dressed down in buns made from blue jeans.