Before Andrew Krull opened Zest Cafe on the corner of South Wadsworth and West Yale, he spent several years scouting the location. That's because he grew up right across the street. Today?in his home slightly away from his home?Krull creates contemporary American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Feast on pan-seared beef tips, roasted vegetables over beds of quinoa, or pizzas crowned with smoked salmon. In the evenings, sip coffee or glasses of wine at the bar, or dine al fresco on the umbrella-forested outdoor patio.
With its authentic British tearoom hospitality, refined quaintness, and hearty traditional British fare, The House of Windsor offers an elegant European-style light meal without having to jet across the pond. With this deal, tea-timers are seated at tables covered in lace cloths for a delightful full afternoon tea. Gather your friends and wax poetic over a gathering of six finger sandwiches, a selection of fresh fruit, and the agonizing choice of whether to nibble on trifle or petit four. Tea-sippers can also nosh on The House of Windsor's scones, made fresh on-site and complemented by a serving of jam and clotted cream. You'll also get a bottomless teapot, achieved through a complicated bending of the space-tea continuum. Although the House of Windsor's dining room brims with charm and class, diners can feel comfortable wearing jeans or shorts.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.
Three green leaves and a small, blooming bud rest upon the globe. It?s an appropriate logo for Wystone's World Teas, given that they carry more than 150 loose and whole-leaf teas from around the world. These are the ingredients the tea bar?s teatenders use to craft beverages ranging from Japanese green teas to tea-infused cocktails. Tea also spills over into the bar's menu of breakfast, lunch, and light-dinner fare, since many dishes??including breakfast burritos, paninis, and Greek pitzas??are accompanied by Kenyan tea-roasted red-bliss potatoes or tea-smoked chicken. The sweet notes of the beverage even flavor such desserts as the African Rooibos carrot cakes, which come topped with Caramel Rooibos?tea cream frosting.
Private and daily tea tastings give guests the chance to learn about the drink's preparation, origin, and three purest forms: dry leaf, infused leaf, and leaf that looks a little like Larry Bird. During these one-hour sessions, participants sip on five to seven different teas while snacking on chocolate, gelato, cheese, and fruit. Wystone also sells teapots and glassware in-store and online and gives back to the community by donating a portion of their profits to the local nonprofits they feature in their store on weekdays.
Not much at Corvus Coffee Roasters is automated. Here, the coffee beans are roasted in small batches using a Geisen cast-iron roaster, which must be operated by hand. This device results in a carefully attended roast calibrated to the nuances of each batch of beans. Beans are thus roasted several times a week, so customers get a bag in their hands within mere days of this process taking place. In the shop, coffee is brewed by hand as well, using an aeropress brewer or squeezing it between the barista's fists. Guests perch at the steel-and-oak bar or find a spot at community tables??crafted from salvaged Broadway trolley rails??inside or on the patio.
Showcasing Zocalo Restaurant & Bar’s laid-back atmosphere, yellow-brick walls play off the vibrant red, yellow, and green banners hanging from the ceilings. The restaurant’s owners, Rafael and Mario Vargas, use recipes gathered from Mexico City, their birthplace, for the eatery's dishes, such as the specialty tampiqueña, chili con queso, and crispy rellenos. Their bartenders pair the tasty plates with draft or bottled beers or specialty margaritas. With two locations, Zocalo Restaurant & Bar helps Mexican-cuisine lovers replace pub-crawls with back-and-forth trips for nachos.