Burrito Girl keeps its menu short and sweet, ensuring that its kitchen crew can focus on crafting each dish fresh to order. Burritos fold around onions, cilantro, beans, rice, and meats that have never been frozen or even visited an igloo. A layer of cheese and pork or veggies fills each pupusa before they're fried to a golden brown.
Bob Cook isn’t big on labels. Take the word breakfast, for example. To him, a chili dog complements a sunrise just as well as an egg sandwich. That’s why he serves Bob’s Deli & Donuts’ entire menu of homemade pastries and deli fare from 5 a.m. until closing time.
As alarm clocks buzz around town, cyclists begin circling the shop, which boasts a parking station fit for bicycles and Bob’s own unicycle. Inside, friendly staffers slice freshly roasted turkey and ham by hand, tailoring the thickness to each customer’s liking, as patrons inhale the scent of frying bacon or deliberate over several styles of donuts. The deli also whips up vegan italian sausages bolder than coffee filtered through a megaphone.
Guests line up at the self-serve machines that stretch across Top City Frozen Yogurt Cafe’s lime-green wall, clutching their spoon in anticipation as they wait to fill their cups with swirls of YoCream frozen yogurt. After choosing from 12 rotating flavors—including no-sugar-added and sorbet options—they head over to the topping bar in the center of the room and cap their creations with crunchy cereal or candy.
Over at the serving counter, blenders whirr as they mix whole berries, peaches, and pineapples with yogurt or sorbet in smoothies. Frappes bring the buzz as they sub out the smoothie’s fruit for freshly roasted brews from Sisters Coffee Company. Guests can enjoy their frozen treats while sitting on a plush leather couch or taking advantage of free WiFi to search phrases such as “where does yogurt come from?” and “will brain freeze kill me?”.
Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company packs fresh, locally sourced meats and vegetables into handheld pies known as pasties. Each case contains 16 handmade flaky, fully cooked pasties that are blast-frozen and packaged in resealable bags for easy freezer storage and quick oven reheating. An ample selection of single and combination cases lets customers choose from a variety of flavors like broccoli and cheese, wild mushroom, steak and ale, and pesto lamb to serve to family members, friends, or professional food jugglers. Patrons can call to schedule a time to swing by Cousin Jack’s facility in Eugene to pick up cases or have them shipped for an additional charge.
The tea aficionados at J-Tea personally visit small farms in Taiwan and China, sampling a wide variety of seasonal oolong teas for stocking their cozy shop. The exact menu of specialty oolong, herbal, and green teas varies according to the season and the crop, including the chocolaty aged wu-yi, which is stored in earthen-clay vessels for 15 years to eliminate exposure to light and tea-crazed howler monkeys ($3/cup, $10/0.94 oz.). Infuse a hovering nose with the nutty aromas of smoke and wood of the charcoal-roasted oolong ($2/cup, $10/1.87 oz.), or savor the fruity latticework of the Emerald City oolong #38 ($3/cup, $8/oz.). Also available is an assortment of brew devices, tea mats, and storage vessels that transform any kitchen into a teahouse and keep the purity of tea from being corrupted by the rebellious teenage coffee beans in the next cabinet.
The cuisine at Vanilla Jill's Scoops and Soups strives to provide customers with a gourmet selection of health-conscious soups, desserts, and drinks. A dessert selection of grass-fed small-batch ice cream, kefir-based gourmet frozen yogurt, and vegan and sugar-free desserts helps support paleo and non-paleo diets alike. Ice cream flavors include red velvet raw and vanilla bean cheesecake with local black calf raspberry swirl.
Possessing a savory speciality, they also serve customers soups and stews. Using a base of broth cooked down from grass-fed meat bones, soups and stews are filled with pastured or organic meat, as well as organic veggies, spices, and herbs. The rotating soup selection includes flavors such as verde chicken with seasonal veggies and pumpkin stew with sausage.
Not to be outdone by other menu items, a gluten-free waffle selection contains both sweet and savory options, such as orange-poppy seed with cranberries and savory carrot dill. Waffles can also be served as a sundae or in the paleo variety. While finishing their meals, customers can quench their thirst with Kombucha tea served on tap.