An offshoot of the Innate Healing Arts Center, the Golden Gate Cafe nourishes the body with a menu of meat-free tempeh burgers, mushroom stir-fry dishes, soups, and fresh fruit smoothies. Guests feed their cells vital nutrients with salads made from kale, house-pickled beets, and lentils, or snack on handmade hummus and citrus-splashed guacamole. Far more than a mere restaurant, Golden Gate Vegetarian Cafe aims to foster a sense of community, with new friends getting to know each other over cups of organic tea and coffee, with live music in the background to provide a soundtrack for intense vegetable chewing.
It's clear that Socra Tea's priorities are tea and art. Part teahouse, part art gallery, Socra Tea also cares about where that tea and art comes from?all its teas are USDA-certified organic and fair trade, and all the paintings, jewelry, ceramics, clothing, and other art are made by locals. Along with its focus on the environment and local artists, Socra Tea aims to accommodate visitors by offering gluten-free desserts and nondairy milk options, including almond milk.
In the kitchen of Half Time Cafe, you won't find a fryer, or even a freezer. That's because everything on the menu is made fresh and to-order, from the melty chicken quesadilla to a cool quinoa salad mixed with fresh veggies. Freshly brewed coffee is available all day, alongside espresso drinks such as americanos and lattes, as well as wraps and sandwiches lined with just-cracked eggs, tomato, crisp spinach, and feta cheese.
When The Squirrel Cage opened in July of 2012, thunderstorms threatened to dampen its joyful debut. Yet not even the darkest, angriest cloud could obscure the bright atmosphere of the restaurant's facade, lined by clusters of palm fronds that evoke the sun-soaked patios of California. That sense of warmth continues inside, where an eclectic lineup of soothing tunes?particularly classic jazz?scores lunchtime meals of paninis filled with everything from cheddar and jalapeno to medleys of smoked salmon, cream cheese, and dill.
On weekends, The Squirrel Cage's cooks showcase creative riffs on brunch classics, including grilled french toast dipped in pancake batter and topped with house-made Bailey's whipped cream. For more hairs of the dog, a selection of beer and wine complement meals, along with jolts of caffeine via tea or coffee, espressos, and lattes. Along with everyday meals, The Squirrel Cage hosts plenty of community events, including showcases for local artists.
Sunflower Organic Cafe is committed to offering its customers nutritious and 100-percent organic meals. The cafe dishes out breakfast, lunch, and desserts completely free of hormones, pesticides, and additives, with many vegetarian and gluten-free options available as well. Seating roughly 22 people in-house, Sunflower Organic Cafe also offers a quaint, cozy atmosphere for enjoying organic cuisine.
Crepes and coffee have long gone hand-in-hand, but Sky Crepe Dearborn takes the delicious combination one step further by also throwing frozen yogurt, burgers, flatbreads, and salads into the mix. Chefs create sweet and savory crepes with toppings ranging from fresh berries and cream to smoked salmon with arugula and capers, and top burgers with extras like crispy onion straws and pepper jack cheese. Meanwhile, at the coffee counter, staff whip up frozen concoctions like caramel frappes or hot mugs of espresso and chai tea. But the sweetest treats of all are the shop's specialty frozen yogurt sundaes. Topping combinations vary, but favorites include the Coffee Lover, a mixture of espresso yogurt, Heath bar chunks, caramel, and hot fudge, and the Peanut Butter Panic, a helping of vanilla yogurt served with peanut butter sauce, Reese's Peanut Butter cups, hot fudge, and a paper bag to breathe into if the excitement gets to be too much.