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.
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?”.
A Craigslist ad for vegan entrepreneurs first connected Sheree and Kristy, which led to them launching a vegan food cart in January 2010. After a successful year with the food cart, the duo focused on creating their own restaurant. Sheree and Kristy opened the critically acclaimed Cornbread Cafe in 2011, and with it came even more delectable vegan spins on classic comfort foods. In lieu of pulled pork, for instance, they toss shredded seitan into sandwiches with slaw and barbecue sauce, and a cashew-based ?unCheese? sauce smothers their mac and cheese. Along with making 95% of their menu in-house with organic fixings, the caf??s cooks remain committed to local ingredients, as well as whipping up myriad gluten-free options.
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.
With produce, meat, and bread culled from local vendors, the culinary team at Food Love crafts a variety of sandwiches and salads within a cozy food truck. Between slices of buttered bread, chefs sandwich ingredients such as green apples, raspberry jam, and melted munster cheese. Along with salads and tomato soup, the menu includes numerous vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Through its sister company, Angie Cakes, Food Love also sells post-meal cupcakes and pastries. Visitors can take their grub to go or feast at the outdoor seating area equipped with real plates and silverware, taunting passersby with the sights, smells, and if they're lucky, feels of the tasty nibbles.