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.
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.
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.
Located inside Pleasant Street General Store, Nan's Deli & Grill serves wraps, sandwiches, and hot and cold subs. Here are a few highlights from the menu:
Nan's opens early at 7 a.m., and stays open until 3 p.m.
Gregg and Barth, the owners of Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, stand in the large, industrial roasting area, pouring green coffee beans into mammoth roasters. They sniff the beans, which they’ve recently sourced from socially responsible, family-owned farms situated all over the world. Prior to this moment, they and their staff have thoroughly analyzed the beans, making sure that each batch enhances the bean’s body rather than overshadowing its natural flavor. The coffees are then packed up and shipped out, or sent to the company’s own Boston--based coffee shop, which has won shout-outs from a variety of media sources such as Martha Stewart Living and Forbes Magazine.
The rich aromas of coffee flood their coffee shop, a minimal, concrete-floored space. Baristas bustle, artfully crafting perfect cups of single-origin coffee or lattes crowned with foam leaves. The shop also hosts a variety of events, including traditional coffee ceremonies from Ethiopia and tastings of traditionally prepared Turkish coffee.