A bastion of barista beverages, Deer Creek Coffee complements morning liquids with an amiable atmosphere and a straightforward collection of café fare that bakes itself fresh every day. Breakfast creations, such as three varieties of belgian waffles ($7.95) and smoked-trout potato pancakes ($8.95), are legally prepared within the police-enforced breakfast time. Eaters can design their own egg sandwich ($5.95) to accompany a manually made espresso drink such as a large mocha ($3.30) or a medium mocha mudslide ($3.45), which is based on geological trends in Malibu. Deer Creek Coffee also welds together fruit and juice smoothies ($3.95) and greek, caesar, and asian salads ($10.95).
If you're not careful, a visit to Cafe Nova in the morning for a cup of espresso or frothy cappuccino could go for hours, which is perfectly acceptable as Cafe Nova serves Mediterranean lunches and dinners in addition to breakfast. Start off with a cup of coffee and a croissant drizzled in honey before moving on to crispy falafels, cucumber and feta rolls, and flaky spanakopita. Then, as dinner rolls around, feast on shrimp skewers, burgers, and paninis paired with glasses of wine, beer, or martinis from the full bar.
Still hungry? Try a dessert—such as baklava, cupcakes, or hot chocolate spiked with Bailey's—while relaxing and surfing Cafe Nova's free WiFi.
At Smiles Coffeehouse, the menu features a varied selection of sandwiches, salads, and, of course, coffee drinks. Baristas brew mochas, macchiatos, and iced coffee. Sandwich makers, meanwhile, stack roasted chicken breast, pesto, marinara, tomato, and melted provolone to make the chicken focaccia sandwich—one of seven signature sandwiches. If the caffeine boosts and savory sandwiches aren't enough to perk up patrons, bright yellow and red walls fill the interior like a sunrise or a sky with lots of paint in it.
Named best gelato by the Riverfront Times Restaurant Guide 2010, Gelato Di Riso tempts St. Louis-area denizens with a massive menu of frozen flavors, plus espresso, smoothies, baked goodies, and more. Eighteen flavors of gelato ($2.75 for 2.5 oz., $4.25 for 5.5 oz.) out of a total of 70 that rotate in and out make even the most decisive of diners pause in consideration, giving each order the suspense-fueled drama of a feline paternity test. Try the fruity felicity of blackberry, strawberry, or lemon, or overwhelm pleasure receptors with the decadence of chocolate hazelnut, dulce de leche, or classic chocolate. Sufferers of spoon blindness can beat the heat with the sippable satisfaction of a shake or smoothie ($4.95), and those who've already had their bones chilled by horror movies and college tuition estimates can warm up with a latte ($4.25 for a medium) or espresso ($1.75 for one shot).
The chipper crew at Sabu’s Coffee whips up menus replete with hearty all-day breakfast fare, tasty paninis, and hot and cold beverages. The beanery brews up a plenitude of ambrosial coffee and espresso quaffs made with organic Goshen coffee beans roasted in St. Louis ($1.95–$4.65). Breakfast, hailed by diners as the supreme emperor of the meal world, includes old-fashioned oatmeal with assorted toppings ($2.95) and customizable omelettes with an array of savory fillings ($5.95). Wrap hands around a toothsome smoked turkey panini accessorized with spinach, fig, and brie, a portable lunch alternative to packing your own whole poultry ($5.95+ for a whole panini). Toasted walnuts, mandarin oranges, goat cheese, and seasonal fruit unite to battle vicious stomach growls in the fresh organic spinach salad ($5.95), while a lineup of homemade sugary noshes treats sweet teeth to baklava ($2), gelato ($1.99 per 3-oz. scoop), gooey butter cookies ($1.50–$3) and envious glances from passing Cookie Monsters.