Upon entering, modern spotlights smear light across the glossy ceiling and beige walls like butter on toast––an appropriate evocation of the baked goods to come. There they wait at the counter: gooey fresh-baked brownies, crunchy biscotti, jelly-filled Danish, and crumbly scones that are as large as calzones. Maine Star Coffee lures patrons with the aroma of confections baked onsite, then encourages lingering with locally roasted coffee, steeping teas, and sweet espresso drinks made from locally sourced milk products. The café is also a haven for artists of all types, housing such entertainment as spoken word, acoustic music, and competitive whittling showdowns.
El Jefe isn't just another taco joint. Sure, the Ambler taqueria serves tacos and burritos stuffed with marinated chicken, shredded pork, and Mexican sausage. But its menu extends beyond the requisite Mexican fare to include puebla-style sandwiches and picaditos made with thick, homemade tortillas. Stop in for a hearty sit-down meal, call ahead for curbside pickup, or order delivery while you fill the bathtub with salsa.
When La Madeleine French Country Café transformed into Sariano's Country Cafe, it didn't discard its French identity. To honor their past, they serve robust croissant sandwiches, filled with ingredients such as chicken salad ratatouille. What’s more, the menu reserves an entire section for its two croque monesieurs, traditional French ham and cheese sandwiches. Baked on-site daily, a rotating selection of seasonal pastries - from pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to mini gateau - continues the theme. Deviating from its French focus, Sariano's serves more Americanized options such as hot dogs with optional sauerkraut. The cafe's main menu and seasonal dishes are sold from its takeout storefront, where an al fresco dining area blankets diners in shade.
Though Manhattan is just shy of a hundred miles north, Manhattan Bagels keeps its namesake version of the New York culinary tradition alive from afar with fresh-baked bagels the staff smears with thick cream cheese to order. Mornings call for one of the food stop’s sandwiches lined with bacon, turkey sausage, and fluffy eggs, with fresh-brewed coffee and cups of OJ. Closer to lunch, the Tribeca turkey sandwich lines focaccia with chipotle mayo and red onions, and the Times Square ham is served with Swiss, onion, and mustard on a plate made out of a giant LED billboard.
Even though YoFresh Yogurt Cafe’s flavors rotate on the regular, every swirl of their frozen yogurt comes jam-packed with body-boosting benefits. Each cup carries a bounty of probiotics, eschewing fat, artificial sweeteners, and other unnatural products such as the tears of a frankenstein monster. What’s left is a kosher treat available in nonfat or no-sugar-added flavors such as mint, green apple sorbet, cinnamon roll, and banana. Starting from that dulcet base, gustatory adventurers can pile their dessert with toppings such as fruit, candy, and cereal. For an alternative summertime snack, guests can opt for a fresh-fruit protein smoothie.