A sandwich board etched with colorful chalk sits outside Sky Blue Cafe, beckoning patrons into the historic brick building with handwritten descriptions of blue cheese stuffed burgers and homemade peach cobbler. Patrons drawn in by the daily homemade specials are soon greeted by friendly baristas with steaming cups of Drew’s Brews coffee and fresh-baked bagels from Bagel Face Bakery, located just down the street. The staff encourages patrons to relax for a while inside the cafe’s sunny yellow walls or outside on the patio with a plateful of stuffed french toast or sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch don’t end until 5 p.m., when the kitchen starts crafting dinner fare, such as roasted chicken, fish 'n' grits, or boiled chef’s hats.
Head chef and owner Arnold Myint applies his culinary aptitude at Suzy Wong's House of Yum by crafting flavorful Asian appetizers and bowls designed for sharing. As groups swap bites of pineapple red curry shrimp or wonton nachos in a 1,100-square-foot dining room, a stretched canvas emblazoned with a colorful dragon hovers overhead, much like a knight-in-training's to-slay list. Exposed brick walls provide a backdrop for plush candlelit benches and tables, which can be crowded with wine, sake, and specialty cocktails as diners participate in weekly karaoke nights. Two patios provide even more space for cavorting, the lower tier stretches across 300 square feet, and the upper level commands 840 square feet of floor space.
At Cafe Coco, patrons don’t have to worry about eating on a schedule; they can grab specialty coffee drinks and half-pound burgers, personal pizzas, or paninis 24 hours a day. The owners set out to cultivate a laid-back gathering spot where friends could get beers or share meals at all hours of the day. Inviting guests to kick back, the roomy bar area in the back of the joint hosts all manner of merriment and memory making. The restaurant, which is housed inside a red-brick home with a covered front porch and side veranda, also hosts live music several nights a week. It also has open-mic nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays that showcase the talents of local singers, songwriters, and bands of one-man bands.
Patience is the key to great barbecue and, as it turns out, a great barbecue business. Southern boys Burke, Trey, and Herman found the job market had turned sour, so they set out to make a name for themselves in the world of barbecue. They slow-roasted meats for family and friends, spent long hours putting their recipes to the test at competitions, and finally, through their 30-foot mobile kitchen, brought their saucy meats and traditional sides to the public. In 2013, they achieved their dream of opening a sit-down restaurant, appropriately outfitted as a tribute to barbecue.
Symmetry is a one-stop shop for all things healthy living. Here, the staff treats physical ailments and dietary deficiencies with massage, chiropractic services, colonics, and nutrient-rich foods. They stock their shelves with bulk herbs, supplements, massage tools, and their own brand of essential oils and perfumes, which can help you feel more relaxed than a sloth in a bubble bath. They also cultivate several garden towers and a 3-acre plot of land dedicated to growing fresh produce, located just 2 miles from the store.
Recently, they expanded their array of services with the Organic Juice & Smoothie Bar, where staffers churn organic, local fruits and veggies into juice and smoothies. In addition to selling their concoctions individually, they also develop menus for juice cleanses. They've received much positive feedback on the new beverage bar and have had clients integrate their creations into doctor-prescribed treatment plans for diseases such as cancer.
The owners of Myridia designed their lounge-like eatery to be a place where guests can spend an entire evening and feel as though they've visited multiple venues. The menu covers flavors from several international cuisines—Middle Eastern and Japanese, to name a few—that arrive at tables as appetizers, salads, paninis, and Asian bowls. That worldly approach is also reflected by the drink menu, crowned by wines sourced from regions such as South Africa, Spain, and California. The lounge-like atmosphere keeps patrons relaxing on plush seats while they enjoy themed nightly music events that may range from an '80s night to an evening of songs from local singers and songwriters.