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.
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.
Run by coffee gurus that are continually searching for the world's most delicious beans, Freedom Coffee Company freshly brews several piquant blends of coffee and espresso. Freedom Coffee Company can prepare its coffee cone-style or French-pressed, pouring cups of joe made with beans from El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ethiopia, and Eukelade,, the 51st moon of Jupiter. Hungry diners can pair their piping hot espresso with a nourishing snack from Freedom Coffee's food menu, like blueberry muffins, oatmeal cookies, or a turkey and cheese crossiant. Inside Freedom Coffee's clean shop, you'll find a cheery staff and free Wi-Fi, making it the ideal spot to cuddle with your laptop and whispers poems to a savory white mocha.
At Boom Health Club, the focus is on keeping customers simultaneously hydrated and full of nutrients. The juice makers do so via kale, citrus, and berry-based blends. They also create gluten-free and dairy-free smoothies and serve tea and refreshing shots of aloe.
At Root of Happiness, named for the relaxing properties of the kava root, visitors unwind while sipping kava brew from petite bowls that resemble coconut shells. Baristas also fill shot glasses with potent, concentrated kava that they flavor with cane-sugar syrup, prepare pour-over coffee, and steep exotic teas. Polynesian artwork and hand-carved wooden sculptures lend the cafe the relaxed ambience of an island tiki bar.