Roasting fresh coffee daily, this independent shop distributes a variety of premium beans that range from smooth to bold, as well as specialty bags of organic and flavored coffees like chocolate macadamia nut, cinnamon nut cream, pumpkin spice, and Irish cream. Mavericks Roasting Company's leading roast, Midnight Ride ($12.95/pound), embodies the company's signature style, with 100% pure Arabica beans slow roasted to bold, bitterness-free, aromatic bliss. On the lighter side, try Peru Organic—certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association—which is roasted with the same pure Arabica beans to a smooth finish, or the indulgent Mudslide, which is so satisfyingly rich, you might find Scrooge McDuck swimming in it.
Cafe 225’s seasonally changing menu is a tour of California. Fresh seafood evokes the state’s scenic coastline, and chicken breasts hot from the oak-charcoal grill come with drizzles of cream sauce and slices of avocado that call to mind the state’s lush avocado groves. Crowned in fire-roasted chilies and chipotle aioli, the eatery’s burgers mimic the spiciness of the Mexican food just across the border; with bacon and locally sourced cheddar, meanwhile, they become a tastier American classic than a baseball on a pie tin. An array of personal pizzas and pastas rounds out the menu, and the wooden bar’s selection of 70 wines and artisanal beers complements meals.
The restaurant’s proprietor got his start in the industry at the age of 12, when he helped make sandwiches during the lunchtime rush at his father’s San Francisco eatery. In the ensuing decades, he has cultivated the know-how and taste to construct Cafe 225’s menu, along with its exposed kitchen and rotisserie grill. Today, he even makes a point of sourcing as many ingredients as possible from environmentally sustainable companies.
Since 1999, when Pete A. Cisneros Sr. opened Pappy's Coffee Shop, the rustic, homestyle eatery has attracted locals with generous portions of classic American diner food. From 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day, chefs sizzle eggs alongside chicken-fried steak, jumbo cuts of ham, or fried bologna, and pile plates with seven-grain pancakes and waffles. Their 8-ounce burgers can arrive with Freedom fries or fried okra, and charming, 1-quart mason jars of cold soft drinks. The walls boast American and oil-rig-inspired memorabilia, creating an ambiance more down-home and eclectic than the vintage furniture-juggling contest at the state fair.
Blossom Trail Cafe's head chef, Peppino Caracciolo, whips up piquant, Italian-inspired cuisine in a charming, casual café setting perched among the Blossom Trail's picturesque orange and plum orchards. Delve into the creative concoctions and fresh ingredients peppering the dinner menu with the fried calamari ($8.99) or the bruschetta ($5.99). Entreewise, the Salmon Fantasia ($15.99) arrives baked and adorned with fresh tomatoes, capers, and kalamata olives, and 16 ounces of capital-lettered flavor lumbers in each T-bone steak ($19.99). Sip a frothy domestic beer ($3) and take in the view from the outdoor patio as you nosh the half-pound Italian burger and fries ($8.99), or let pasta pirouette around your fork with an order of spaghetti ($8.99), served with fresh marinara or meat sauce.
It all started with a sip of coffee. And then another. And then several thousand more. Before they knew it, the soon-to-be founders of The Coffee Lounge were sampling to the point of obsession. Their dedication, research, and thirst paid off. They now treat customers to their very favorite blends from award-winning bean roasters, such as Klatch Coffee and Organo Gold. They complement their blends with tasty baked goods, gourmet teas, and 20-ounce fruit smoothies.
Juice it Up! began in Southern California in 1995 as a purveyor of healthy, fresh-squeezed raw juices. Now, there are more than 100 Juice it Up! storefronts across four states, and at each location, juicers transform whole vegetables and fruits into tasty blends designed to boost mental and physical health. An orange, carrot, and ginger “Awakener,” for instance, contains the vitamins essential for good vision and accurate alarm clocks, while a combination of apple, cucumber, spinach, and kale is dubbed “The Immunizer.”
Beyond juices, staff also blend fresh fruit, non-fat yogurts, and creamy sherbets into custom-created smoothies, ranging from the classic—such as strawberry-banana and pineapple punch—to power blends packed with protein powder, specialty blends made with tea and coffee, and lower-calorie "delightful" blends. They can add vitamin-packed Booya! boosts to any drink to enhance energy, memory, and immunity, and fill acai bowls with granola and fresh-sliced fruit.