The hum of live performances echoes across The Percolator, where guests meet over mugs of organic coffee and plates of gourmet sandwiches and sushi. Chefs usher in the day with eggs, meat, and vegetarian breakfast wraps before moving on to lunch and dinner to assemble chicken pesto or herbed goat–cheese sandwiches along with seven specialty sushi rolls. Lattes, mochas, and creamy coffee frappés start days or cap off meals, and a selection of beer and wine rinses off incisors. As customers sip and dine, they lounge at the cafe's numerous tabletops beneath local artwork and vibrant murals on the crimson walls. A stage hosts a rotating schedule of live music, poetry slams, and theater nearly every day, offering visitors a welcome reprieve from frustrating evenings of teaching a pet tortoise to roll over.
At Healthy Bite, patrons can retreat to the café for a menu of grilled sandwiches, refreshing salads, and fresh juices. Fluffy slices of ciabatta bread carry bounties such as turkey and Monterey jack cheese, or fresh tomatoes, pesto, and mozzarella. Salads set beds of romaine lettuce or baby spinach for fresh fruits, slivered almonds, and feta cheeses. Meanwhile, fresh juice blends include papaya, orange, and celery, alongside daily soups and fruit smoothies.
Though the fruity, all-natural smoothies at Keva Juice may taste like an indulgence, they're all brimming with healthy antioxidants and vitamins. Staffers pack blenders with a healthy mix of fresh fruits and juices—including guava, mango, and raspberry juice—amped up with nonfat yogurts and low-fat sherbets. Each tempting smoothie can be supercharged with whey protein for an extra healthful boost or spiked with Red Bull to recharge each disposable cup's batteries.
Peter's Brats & Breads takes visitors on a quick hop to Berlin with its menu of German pastries and sausages. Entrees such as bratwurst—pork sausage—and schnitzel—breaded pork cutlet—can be topped by sauerkraut and other garnishes from a condiment bar. Chefs also coat cakes in blueberry, peach, and banana cream or decorate them with coconut, éclairs, or another, larger cake.
Ron and Tameria Russell, a U.S. Army soldier and baker respectively, joined forces behind the counter at DirtyMouth Cupcakes with a shared mission to sully pristine mouths with decadent flavor. Tameria brings previous experience as the owner of Cupcakes and Cookies by T to DirtyMouth's kitchen, whipping up daily and rotating cupcake flavors from scratch that range from classic red velvet to french toast with bacon. Besides these handheld treats, DirtyMouth churns out specialty cakes filled with sweet ganache and caramel, as well as a variety of other confections such as brownies and cookies, perfect as midday snacks or doorstops in an enormous gingerbread house.
San Miguel Restaurant charms peckish patrons with authentic Mexican fare and a convivial atmosphere. Customers get two nonalcoholic beverages (a $3.50 value) and two lunch buffets (a $19.98 value), which spicy up sluggish taste buds with the best-selling favorite, tortas ahogadas. This so-called “drowned sandwich” submerges tortas in chipotle and a sea of cream sauce, enabling them to gather intelligence about hostile hoagies. Traditional chili rellenos stuffs plump peppers and souses them in a selection of savory sauces. Like a 128-pack of crayons, the buffet offers an array of other colorful options irresistible to starving artists, such as mexican rice, beans with cheese and chili, breaded potatoes, tortilla soup, and peppery red- and green-chili stews.