Deb and Steve’s Cafe boasts a menu full of multicultural twists on Americana favorites and a comfy family-friendly environment. Shareable starters include the four-tiered appetizer combo with fried shrimp, onion rings, mini burgers, and chicken fingers, and entrees such as the customizable Texas-chili burger—made with prime Nolan Ryan beef—or veggie-friendly portobello burger save families the trouble of cooking dinner or paying the government to air-drop them lunch. Steve’s famous chicken-salad sandwich silently speaks to poultry prophets, and the new york strip steak arrives with potatoes and veggies, anxious to be devoured and washed down with a fountain drink.
Trio Café's executive chef, Jason Harper, a seasoned culinarian with a passion for global cuisine, shellacs taste buds with dishes outlined on a tightly constructed menu. The Mediterranean trio—a starter of oven-heated pita, garlic hummus, and greek salad ($7.95)—muffles the impatient moans of abdominal food sacks pining for gut-satiating sandwiches, all of which arrive tableside with kettle chips or a side house salad. Sandwich selections include the ham-and-brie panini ($7.95) and the beef tenderloin melt, which wraps a succulent hoagie around caramelized onions and portabellas soused in creamy horseradish sauce ($10.95). Veggie-seeking diners can also satiate their leaf-lust by forking through a salad, such as the rustic caesar—a lush amalgamation of yellow tomatoes, sourdough croutons, and parmesan crisps ($7.95)—or by tilting back a tall, energizing, meat-free cup of coffee or iced tea ($1.75).
Le Peep's focus on breakfast and lunch stems from a decision made more than 40 years ago, when Buddy and Rhoda Waldman opened The Village Pantry in Aspen, Colorado, and—not wanting to miss a half day of skiing—would close the kitchen each day before noon. The duo would continue to tinker with their concept, stare at it through a novelty-sized microscope, and change its name before it eventually migrated to Texas. Nowadays, the kitchen staff perpetuates the breakfast-crafting tradition by offering omelets, eggs benedict, skillets, and build-your-own pancake options that use ingredients such as walnuts, bacon, pineapple, and chocolate chips. Traditional dishes are augmented with unique twists, such as the Gooey Buns, english muffins broiled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds and served with a signature side of Mom's Sassy Apples. During midday hours, a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches parades out of the kitchen accompanied by smoothies, juices, or Mother Parkers coffee. Le Peep's catering service delivers breakfast and lunch fare to homes, events, or filibustered neighborhood-watch meetings.
In Italy, l’aperitivo is time for socializing with friends over drinks and light snacks. Aperitivos Coffee & Wine Bar supplies this exact respite amid old-country surrounds of dark woods, brick, and stucco walls. Here, baristas add splashes of flavoring, such as sugar-free hazelnut, to Segafredo Coffee, or use it to craft caffeinated favorites like chai lattes. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour reds and white from an extensive list with selections that span everywhere from Argentina to Washington State.
All beverages complement upscale bistro fare, including six-ounce marinated steaks finished with blue cheese butter or flatbread pizzas topped with roasted chicken and a creamy garlic-and-onion sauce. On most weekends, feasts unfold as local musicians grace the Aperitivos stage with soothing tunes.
Flavors from around the world converge at Oasis Café, from the grilled lamb and beef of Greek gyros to the sweet chili sauce of Thai chicken. Sandwiches and wraps emphasize organic and natural ingredients, and both meat and vegetarian options are well-represented. Coffee splashes tongues in hot, iced, or blended forms, as in the Oasis macchiato, which swirls caramel and vanilla into double espresso. The aromas of freshly baked muffins and percolating soups drift across the long wood counter and over checkered booths, where diners groove to soft jazz melodies so they don’t have to bridge conversational lulls with knock-knock jokes that might offend people who live in tents.