Even if you don't know your light roast from your French roast, you will after a visit to Sudbury Coffee Works. That's because the staff, led by owner Daniel Kenn, is on hand to educate customers about all things coffee, from the properties in different beans to the role that acidity plays in the finished product. Customers also have a chance to see part of the coffee-making process in action thanks to the roaster, a computer-controlled machine imported from France that warms up beans to the ideal temperature, readying them for coffee making or coffee-bean swimsuit season.
After learning about their favorite caffeinated beverage, customers can select a drink from a variety of flavors, pairing it with coffee cake, Tuscan grilled-cheese sandwiches, and salads from the menu.
Helmed by experienced chefs Caitlin Adler and Christopher Vuich, Sweet Bites tantalizes taste buds with delectable baked goods, coffee, and lunchtime eats. While sitting in the cozy, wood-beamed dining room, diners can ogle paintings by local artists as they choose a joy-inducing indulgence from the bakery’s breakfast and lunch menu or fully stocked dessert counter. Delve into the fresh-baked goodness of mini or regular-size cupcakes ($2.50–$3.50), moisten a mouth with an individual quiche ($7), or abandon a boring nine-to-five for a whirlwind romance with a donut muffin ($1.95). Bite into layers of ham, mortadella, salami, capicolla, muenster cheese, and spicy olive and roasted pepper relish with a muffaletta sandwich ($9). Flavorful salads such as the cobb ($12), caesar ($8), or the crispy duck, sprinkled with herb goat cheese, roasted peppers, sweet 'n’ spicy nuts, and a lemon vinaigrette ($15) are sure to enchant, while the toasted tuscan bread bruschetta, spread with mascarpone cheese, fresh fruit, and honey, offers sucrose-rich portions to please sugar-starved palates ($8). Sweet Bites is a kid-friendly eatery, so pintsize companions can be treated to a grilled-cheese sandwich ($6) or pizza bagel ($6), while their fully developed wardens recharge with a cup of Java Tree fair trade coffee or Two Leaves and a Bud organic tea.
Steeped in centuries of rich tradition, Italian cuisine relies on quality ingredients and simple preparations to yield beautifully bold flavors. Since 1983, the chefs of Nello’s Cafe have drawn on such traditions to fill their extensive menu with Old-World staples such as lasagna and seafood diavolo, which they serve alongside burgers and other American fare.
You might say Nu Cafe is leading a double life. During the day, it's a classic neighborhood hangout, serving up simple, fresh wraps and sandwiches alongside a variety of smoothies and juices and espresso and coffee drinks. By night, it transforms into a hipper, slightly more sophisticated version of itself, a place where guests can come to mingle, not over their laptops, but around shared tapas plates, cured meat and cheese boards, and a selection of wine and craft beers. But regardless of the time of day, a few things remain the same: the vibe is always laid-back and friendly, the food is always crafted using fresh, wholesome ingredients, and the Wi-Fi is always free. And, adding to the community-oriented vibe, the cafes also host regular recurring events, including live piano players, painting parties, and chess groups.
Eric's LaPatisserie Café sates the morning and afternoon eat reflexes with fresh-baked, oven-hot pastries and gourmet stuffed sandwiches and paninis. Fresh croissants emerge from steaming hot ovens ($3), and toasted bagels remain crisp even while bearing gobs of the eatery’s famous labor-inducing cream cheese ($2). Afternoon appetites, meanwhile, can be sated with a grilled herb-chicken sandwich ($6.25) or a shrimp-and-seafood salad ($5.50).
The sucrose stylists at Sweet Creations bake a bevy of hand-held and decadent sweet treats as well as specialty cakes in a menagerie of flavors and fillings. Give sweet teeth something to brag about at the dental arcade with a sampling of small and large cupcakes ($1.25; $1.75), brownies ($1.95), or plates of half-dozen cookies ($4). Ice-cream-enriched treats are readily available, including brownies à la mode ($3.95) and sundaes ($4.95), and specialty cakes ($40+) come blanketed with house-made buttercream icing or marshmallow fondant and adorned with soccer balls, fire trucks, and still-life scenes from the Constitutional Congress. Sweet Creations also traffics in tasty small and large smoothies ($2.75; $3.25), as well as chocolate lollipops in dark, milk, or white chocolate, all wrapped up with a colorful ribbon.