Jenn and Donny have long accepted their elitist take on coffee. As college students and self-professed coffee snobs who both worked in the food industry, they bemoaned a lack of sophisticated brews and attentive service, finally deciding that innovation would be the best form of protest. They dreamt up their own café where the beans would be freshly micro-roasted, the cocoa would incorporate three types of chocolate, and every drink would be handmade by the same person who took your order. The resulting venue, Coffee Break Cafe, lined its menu with libations of all temperatures and caffeinated creeds.
The café's house blend hails from locales such as Sumatra, Colombia, Africa, and South America and is shipped from specialty roasters who prep the beans in small batches. Jenn and Donny's commitment to coffee quality is matched by their enthusiasm for the natural world—they stock organic and fair-trade options, as well as dairy products from a hormone-free farm. Though they stand by meticulous barista techniques, they are hardly sugar-shunning purists. They readily infuse hot and frozen drinks with dessert flavors, ranging from red velvet cupcake to cinnamon bun, crafting a far superior breakfast sweet than grapefruit pie. Bagels and pastries, delivered daily by neighborhood bakeries, balance out refreshing sips. The morning hotspot's communal spirit is reflected in hanging pictures by local artists, live music, and complimentary story readings for kids.
Getting protein without it being wrapped up in a fatty meat can be a challenge for any athlete. Fortunately, the smoothie-makers at Yes, It's All Good blend their fresh fruit purees with Nature's Best Perfect Whey and Isopure proteins. These fast-acting supplements help muscles rebuild if consumed after a workout, decreasing soreness and general recovery time. Staffers mix them into drinks with flavors such as banana split, and orange dreamsicle. They even concoct one called the muscle martini, a combination of vanilla flavor, supplements, and 12 ounces of skim milk that James Bond drinks when his mission is to detain The Hulk.
The executive chef at Zendo Asian Bistro & Lounge flavors the menu's Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai dishes with 25 years of Far Eastern culinary expertise. Moo shu pancakes swaddle roasted peking duck, cucumber, scallions, and hoisin sauce ($22 for half) as lemongrass and chili rain down on a flavorful fillet of pan-seared tofu ($18). Servers deliver the sizzling Thai sirloin steak ($25) with a side of noise-canceling headphones, grilled veggies, and spicy gravy, and top tables with plates of grilled salmon on mein, coated in spicy tomato sauce and cilantro ($22). Diners can dock the sushi boat for two ($46), whose manifest includes an artistically arranged assortment of nigiri, sashimi, and maki passengers.
Cuisine Type: Specialty Coffee
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Most popular offering: Caramel Mudd Macchiato
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Pro Tip: Go to either window for service
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
Our coffee is Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Our motto is "Great Coffee, Great People." We provide a clean and friendly atmosphere, and encourage you to ask questions and make suggestions so that we can give you 100% satisfaction.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our large windows and charming facade are meant to invite you into the process as we craft your order. Sit back and relax, or chat a while, and we will have you on your way in no time.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Robust. We specialize in espresso and espresso-based drinks, but we also serve brewed coffee and tea?both hot and iced. We offer flavored steamed milk (Steamers) in addition to hot chocolates, and we have cream- and coffee-flavored granitas (frozen drinks). We create Italian creamosas (cream sodas) as well, and offer muffins, Umqua Oats, biscotti and our own Mudd Buddies (caramel waffle cookies) for your hunger pangs.
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Nan's opens early at 7 a.m., and stays open until 3 p.m.
Quincy Cafe isn't flashy. On the brick wall behind the counter, just above the coffeemakers and orange juice dispensers, a mural-of-sorts written in chalk reminds visitors of why they're there: pancakes, pasta, burgers, salads. Outside, simply a few handwritten signs in the window serve as the only clues as to what awaits inside, where diners gather around comforting breakfast and lunch dishes seven days per week. The cafe's peaceful atmosphere, free of robots screaming, "DEALS, DEALS, DEALS!", makes it an ideal gathering site for families and friends.