The comestibles on the menu at A Little Something… are crafted from mostly all-natural ingredients. Most items are made completely from scratch, and low-cholesterol creations are readily available. An ever-changing selection of muffins feeds a steady stream of hungry mouths ($1.75 each). Fresh-baked, low-fat Irish raisin scones ($1.75 each) are traditionally served dipped in warm Guinness while loudly chanting Celtic ballads, but A Little Something… takes a more contemporary route, offering cups of hot flavored coffee instead ($1.55–$1.98). Get your grill on with a multigrain breakfast panini, stuffed with your choice of all-natural ham or bacon, omega-3 eggs, and melted cheese ($4.75), or a hammy Reuben ($6.79) with smoked ham, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on fresh wholegrain flat bread.
Each morning at Fazenda Coffee Roasters Cafe, coffee specialists roast batches of fair-trade coffee beans from growers in Africa and Latin America. The aromas blend with fresh-baked breads and pastries, filling the sun-flooded café from its hardwood floors to its brick walls to its secret underground laboratory. Featured art pieces hang throughout the café, overlooking breakfast dishes, salads, and sandwiches from the full menu. Every Sunday afternoon, live musicians play, providing diners with engaging string-instrument sounds.
A decade ago, Chuck Silverston was walking the streets of Paris when he happened upon a street vendor whipping up crepes. After tasting the quintessential Parisian treat, he returned to the states and promptly opened Paris Creperie. Inside the cozy caf?, the kitchen churns out crepes brimming with savory ingredients such as brie and apples or sweet fillings such as graham cracker and cinnamon, as well as smoothies and coffee. Nutella is a mainstay on the menu, making its way into dessert crepes as well as into drinks such as hot chocolate and lattes. In the spirit of Chuck?s original street-vendor encounter, Paris Creperie also unleashes its food truck?la Tour Eiffel?among the hungry denizens of greater Boston, feeding passersby with breakfast and dinner crepes all day.
Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s Mission Viejo location stocks fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Tealosophy provides guests with a modern take on one of the oldest drinks ever: tea. In addition to hot and iced tea and milk tea, the cafe serves boba tea and shaved snow, as well as fruit smoothies. While they sip, visitors are welcome to access the free WiFi or rent a board game.
Judy Rosenberg didn’t set out to be an award-winning chef or an NPR-lauded cookbook author. The owner of Rosie’s Bakery found her calling in 1974 after attending art school and gobbling desserts at some of New York’s finest bakeries, becoming inspired to forge her own batch of sweets. When the staff of a local cheesecake shop got hooked on her homemade cookies, she knew she’d found a recipe for success. Since then, she’s expanded her culinary repertoire to include fudge-nut brownies, bavarian-cream fruit tarts, and more than 14 types of muffins and scones.
Each recipe teems with real, old-fashioned ingredients, such as butter, cream, sugar, and edible monocles. Cakes come in circular layers and rectangular sheets, boasting flavors such as carrot and mocha. Filled with snickerdoodles and chocolate-chip rounds, the cookie lineup conjures more childhood memories than a psychiatrist who rides to work in an ice-cream truck.