This cozy, kid-friendly eatery incites smiles with attentive service and cheery, classic chow. Launch your day with the Neptune omelette, orbiting around crab meat, diced tomatoes, and a medley of mixed cheeses ($7.25), or discover tasty treasures in the Junkyard breakfast, packed full of hash browns, eggs, cheese, and your choice of additional ingredients such as bacon, peppers, and collector's item mushrooms ($7.25). Get your sweet and salty fix simultaneously with cakes and eggs: three fluffy pancakes with two eggs prepared any style ($5.25). The fresh fish sub soothes land-loathing lunchers with a grilled or blackened fresh fish filet that massages tongue buds using cocktail or tartar sauce ($6.95), while the easily torpedoed veggie wrap ($6.25) lets health nuts expend energy and acquire nutrients at once without having to swim laps in a pool of beet juice.
A peek inside Davidson Chocolate Co. reveals chocolate concocters handcrafting a cocoa collection of truffles, fudges, and desserts. Davidson's truffles ($8.25 per quarter-pound) are faithfully composed to the tune of an 1887 recipe. Try the cherry cordials, crème de menthe, and hot-chili truffles to detect their 70% cocoa consistency. The shop's English toffee ($7 per quarter-pound) makes the perfect St. Swithun's Day gift for Lord Bucklington of Nottingchestcerford, with its crumbled almonds and buttery texture. Other confections include the chocolate-covered caramel cups ($7 per quarter-pound) and richly textured coconut crèmes with almond ($7 per quarter-pound). If you're avoiding sugar, the shop also carries a wide range of sugar-free snacks that are equally sumptuous.
Live music permeates Summit Coffee’s 110-year-old building at least three nights per week, enhancing the space’s already artistic and eclectic vibe. Day and night, patrons ranging from neighbors and artists to professors and students settle inside the warm-and-welcoming café bar to throw back pints of IPA brews or piping-hot mugs of organic coffee and lattes. Friendly baristas and bar mates pair beverages with decadent sweets, including flaky croissants and giant slices of rich chocolate cake. As a neighborhood spot, Summit cherishes its community and is dedicated to giving back. It has raised more than $100,000 and a handful of Monopoly money over the years thanks to events such as its 8K race.
Around the corner from the Davidson College campus is a portal to a bygone time. At least that's how The Soda Shop's retro diner space, complete with chrome barstools, black-and-white tile floors, and a wall full of golden-age celebrity portraits, might seem to an unacquainted visitor. Originally founded in 1951, the café retains many of its original fixtures, including the wooden booths and a vintage cash register, and staffers still hand-mix egg creams and shakes the way soda jerks did before they were replaced by spatula-handed robot butlers. In addition to grilling diner favorites that include cheeseburgers, layered sandwiches, and hot dogs, the chefs also fill bowls with steaming servings of chili and homemade soups.
At Sabi, the scents of spiced and marinated meats blend with a mélange of tropical mangoes and spicy peppers in inventive stir-fry dishes and sushi as guests clink glasses of wine and craft beer. The restaurant’s name borrows from the Japanese phrase “wabi sabi,” or “finding beauty in the imperfect,” such as when appreciating the tarnished patina of a bronze statue or the intriguing beauty of a mole. The eatery’s eclectic menus promise feasts of red-curry chicken, Louisiana blue crab cakes, and juicy tenderloin filets, among other Pan-Asian dishes and specialty sushi rolls. As diners savor the blend of Eastern and Western cuisines, they can feel good about a meal prepared under Sabi’s roof, especially on Mondays, when the Chow Down for Charity event raises money for local and national nonprofits, such as the American Cancer Society.
Toast Café's resident chefs greet early and midday birds with a menu of New York–style brunch. Reward early rising appetites with the Sunrise burrito ($5.95), which ferries a triumvirate of scrambled egg whites, brie, and avocado into drowsy mouths. All manner of fresh fixins get wrapped up in an egg blanket on the omelet menu. The Northwestern regales taste buds with goat cheese and fresh herbs ($8.95), and the greek omelet, with its savory mélange of fresh spinach, tomatoes, and feta ($8.95), makes palates pop with an attic flavor combination more authentic than eating a kalamata olive wrapped in a first edition of The Odyssey. The eatery festoons tables with an updated take on a classic sandwich with the Left Coast BLT with a splash of avocado and slices of brie piled between slices of wheat bread ($8.95).