Exposed bricks form one wall of Clark's Corner's open, column-marked space, and cattle-brand marks cover a nearby wooden wall as patrons feast amiably on pastries, coffees, sandwiches, and salads. Content to let its guests take breaks from the wild efforts of everyday life, the café promotes itself as a center for friendly relaxation. A calendar of events alludes to fun-filled trivia or open-mic nights, and a gallery of previous happenings details visits from classic cars and talks with athletes.
The history of Topwater Cafe is, first and foremost, a love story. It begins with Matt and Katie meeting at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. As they pursued their mutual passion for food, the two gradually fell for each other, and upon graduating, they worked at various restaurants before striking out on their own.?
Today, Topwater Cafe blends Matt's Californian roots with Katie's Southern hospitality.?Though the menus change with the seasons and the fluctuations of the bread-pudding market, each one is inspired by a comfort food and given a gourmet twist. Past dishes, for example, have included johnny cakes with smoked brisket, and a tri-tip sandwich with homemade jalapeno and tomato jam. Barbecue is also a constant specialty, and slow-cooked meats abound in the kitchen. There, everything from baby-back ribs to ropes of sausage take on deep, delicious flavor in the smoker.
Outside the diner, it?s almost like nothing has changed since the establishment opened in 1944. An oversize steel-and-neon sign advertises Hollywood Cafe to passing motorists, though the hot rods often parked in the lot might also make it hard not to stop in. Inside, a '50s vibe permeates everything with fun nostalgia, from the red-vinyl swirl stools to the Coca-Cola sign from a long-gone era. But the food is its own animal, a mix between 20th-century diner staples and brand-new creations. The meat lover?s omelet stuffs an eggy exterior with ingredients including ham, bacon, and sausage, and the grilled-cheese teriyaki-pineapple burger comes with a choice of beef, turkey, or vegan patty. A gluten-free menu offers even more options, and housemade pies and cakes encourage you to leave a little extra room each time you dine.
Along with its namesake fresh-made boba used to make bubble tea, Boba Stop serves up a selection of coffee and espresso drinks. They also offer Hawaiian shave ice, drizzled with your choice of flavored syrups?ranging from sour apple to strawberry?which you can enjoy in a cup-cone that is easily transportable. In addition, you can get fresh boba as an add-on to a glass of cool milk tea, or request a barista to slam dunk a shot of espresso into any of the hot or cold coffee drinks on offer.
Running late again. The clothes from the dryer were still wet. The dog just wouldn’t go outside—clearly he’s a jerk. Luckily, Java House has a convenient walk-up or drive-thru window for steaming Java City coffee so that morning commuters needn't even turn off the ignition. Hot-chocolate drinks exceed traditional cocoa expectations with mayan-white and salted-caramel variations, and espresso drinks and hand-mixed sodas grant patrons a taste of Italy that's easier to slurp through a straw than a meatball. Tazo teas are also available for those who need a soothing boost.