At Cafe 411, Chef Zain serves up Southern foods such as chicken and dumplings and housemade meatloaf. But the menu's highlight is Chef Zain's barbecue. He smokes pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken for lunch and dinner served with sides such as coleslaw and baked beans. In the morning, when the sun is still lost, he and his staff prepare breakfast dishes such as biscuits and gravy, pancakes, and omelets.
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.
When it comes to a fresh cup of coffee, nothing beats blends roasted locally. That?s precisely what Abundant Grounds Cafe?s baristas stick to, crafting specialty drinks including espressos and cappuccinos using the cafe's very own java, plus some from nearby Rev Coffee Roasters. Though coffee?s warm aroma dominates the cozy, exposed brick space, it?s far from the only option on the menu. Beverage-wise, Abundant Grounds? selection encompasses everything from fruit smoothies to frozen hot chocolate, winner of the English Major Coalition?s ?Tastiest Oxymoron? prize.
To complement each pour, cooks assemble cafe classics like pesto-topped breakfast sandwiches and grilled veggie paninis. The cafe?s displays also overflow with baked goods, ranging from gluten-free scones to muffins chockfull of bacon and cheddar.
For Crooked Tree Cafe's chef and owner Jeff Haeger, all culinary roads lead back to Georgia. He's made it a personal mission to travel the globe and try the most unique restaurants he can find?and then bring them back to his kitchen stocked with Southern staples. The result is soul food with a twist. Expect creations such as sesame-encrusted catfish, Southern-style poutine that responds to both French- and English-speaking taste buds, and a smoked-duck sloppy joe. In fact, the smoker might be Haeger's favorite piece of equipment. He also turns it on brisket, pork, house-brined turkey, and pulled chicken.
For breakfast, there are scrambles, eggy sandwiches, and biscuits smothered in house-made sausage gravy. But it's not all sheer decadence at Crooked Tree: the veggies are important, too, and they come from local suppliers such as Rome's Tucker Farms.
At The Juice Box, LLC., delicious and nutritious cross paths as servers dish out smoothies packed with fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables. Wholesome snacks made in house enhance the health-conscious experience, as do postworkout creations such as protein shakes, energy bars, and invigorating shots. Instead of relying on a magic 8 ball to make well-balanced decisions, visitors can tap into the knowledge of The Juice Box staff for advice on nourishing benefits and how to make beneficial lifestyle choices.
Planet Smoothie actually does cover a significant portion of the planet, with locations all over the east coast and as far west as Hawaii. In their expansive geographical quest, they seek to change dieting habits for the better with their products. The team behind this fruit haven lays down exactly what their smoothies are made from and what they will do for your body so that clients can make informed decisions about their smoothie choices.
Their full menu catalogs fruit-filled drinks, with options to add protein powder for faster muscle growth than when Arnold Schwarzenegger synchronized his bicep flexing to a hip-hop beat. They also mix in fat-burning blasts to suppress appetites and immune-system blasts to keep bodies healthy. The shop accommodates clients? food allergies and dietary restrictions with gluten-free and dairy-free options. In addition, they only use natural, low-calorie sweeteners composed of agave and stevia to offer a healthy alternative to chemical sweeteners while avoiding the excess calories associated with traditional sugar.