In the days before baguettes were popularized as day-old jousting batons, the dignified breadform was utilized as a sandwich vessel. To preserve the antiquity of the baguette, the friendly bakers at Cocola fetch them straight from the oven on a daily basis and build graspable sandwiches of the highest quality, such as the albacore tuna nicoise (with a lemon vinaigrette, $9.90) and the hearty grilled eggplant (with fresh veggies, mozzarella, and an olive oil and balsamic blend, $9.90). A sandwich is an intelligent way to get the hunger ball rolling down the hill until it crashes into an array of sweet menu treats. Indulge in tri-colored mousse cups ($4.60) and whipped and stacked hazelnut cakes ($4.60), or nourish your petite palate with pear tarts ($2.80) or bite-sized tiramisu ($3.10).
Castro Street eatery Honeycreek serves up specialty desserts, traditional Taiwanese cuisine, cocktails, and tea in an elegant lounge setting. Seated in plush purple chairs, guests can savor specialties such as pork pot-stickers or Hainan-style noodle soup made with chilled, poached free-range chicken and aromatic spiced stock. There are more than 200 types of specialty drinks, including milk teas with bursting boba. Finish your meal with the house specialty, melt-in-your mouth shaved snow in flavors such as green tea or chocolate.
"To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. Be the best you can be to help others, and never stop improving." That's the philosophy at Just Juice It, which prides itself on quick service, healthy products, and an inviting atmosphere. In keeping with their commitment to well-being and high quality, the Just Juice It staff uses strictly all-natural, organic ingredients in each beverage.
As its name would suggest, The Memory Tea has lounge areas designed to evoke a touch of nostalgia. On the pumpkin-colored walls, framed copies of comic books and shelves holding scale replicas of classic motorcycles tickle lovers of Americana. The cafe also has flat-screen television hooked up to a (modern) video game system. In cushy leather chairs, visitors can enjoy the cafe's milk tea, infused with boba pearls, or form fruit-flavored smoothies into a rainbow of existentially doomed snowmen.
The philosophy at Jazen Tea is pretty straightforward?use fresh ingredients to create refreshing and healthy drinks. Every day, the staffers brew their teas from high-quality Taiwanese leaves and infuse the concoctions with fresh fruits, never using powdered mixes. Inside the colorful shops, they also serve up fresh-fruit smoothies topped with housemade whipped cream and other invigorating elixirs, such as the Treat-N-Sip, a blend of iced milk, caramel, honey boba, and egg pudding.
Lotus Indian Express transports the ancient cuisine of India to the 21st century. Inside the chartreuse dining room, sleek, minimal barstools and chairs gather around tables where visitors chow on swiftly prepared, healthy meals. Diners customize these meals, choosing one side and one, two, or three entrees, such as tender goat curry with rice, palak paneer with biryani, or chicken tikka masala and shrimp curry with salad.