Jitters cafe's tasty breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings are made from scratch using as many natural and organic ingredients as possible. Start your morning with a gourmet coffee creation or a smoothie paired with a toasty Belgian waffle. Midday munchers can enjoy a variety of salads, sandwiches, and freshly prepared soups, taking breaks between bites to play checkers, scrabble, or to swallow. Jitters hosts an open mic from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and features acoustic entertainment during the same evening hours on weekends.
Beneath the ruddy brick walls of Iron Roost, the clatter of forks punctuates conversation drifting from low-slung leather couches. A range of irons close with a sizzle, sculpting batter into golden squares, heart shapes, or silhouettes of the inventor of the waffle, who was perfectly round. The batter is infused with garlic and herbs, cinnamon, or a range of other ingredients, and savory toppings include swiss cheese, pesto, cheddar, and bacon. Sweet waffles are crowned by swirls of whipped cream, fresh blueberries, and tawny splashes of Nutella. The chocolate-and-hazelnut spread matches the dark tables around the lounge-like dining room, where patrons click through free WiFi on laptops.
At Saratoga Coffee Traders, the nods to faraway lands begin at a counter decorated with burlap sacks from around the world and culminate with the freshly brewed coffee. The intimate café serves 10 coffees ranging from light to dark, including a handful of seasonal and flavored blends. Specialty hot and iced coffee drinks and an array of breakfast sandwiches with toppings such as avocado and meat or lox and cream cheese round out the menu. Weathered hardwood furnishings and board games lend the space a homey feel.
A blue neon light illuminates the sushi bar at Izumi Sushi Asian Bistro & Lounge, its tint creating the illusion that the bar is floating atop a pool of azure water. Judging from the freshness of the octopus, tuna, and salmon, this might as well be the case. Sushi chefs slice these fish before delicately rolling them with sticky rice and seaweed and artfully presenting them on plates. Back in the kitchen, their counterparts sizzle steaks and lobster tails and deep-fry chicken and vegetables for crunchy tempura dishes. Their menu features a wide swath of pan-Asian cuisine, from Indian pancakes and general tso’s chicken to fortune cookies ensconced in Thai lettuce wraps.