Cooks at Xena Pizza top housemade dough with fresh ingredients such as bacon, red peppers, and mushrooms to craft their Seattle–style pies. Customers may build their own pizzas, choosing from 16 different toppings, or opt for a signature pie such as the bacon-cheeseburger deluxe with hamburger and cheddar cheese.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.
Bacon’s Bistro & Cafe's skillet wielders sate early risers and over-sleepers with a menu of morning and midday meals crafted using fresh ingredients. Awaken drowsy appetites with a cup of bolstering brew ($1.75) before choosing from a bevy of breakfast spreads, including breakfast sandwiches ($5.79–$5.99), griddle pancakes ($2.39–$5.29) customizable with a selection fruit toppings ($1.29), and a rotating lineup of homemade quiches ($6.99). The Rooftop fuses golden hash browns with veggies and your choice of meat beneath a canopy of shredded cheddar for a culinary amalgamation tastier than a scratch-and-lick cornucopia painting ($7.79). During afternoon hours, cooks shift their gastrogears to lunch mode, bedecking plates with a fresh selection of salads, sandwiches, and meaty entrees. Muffle grumbling stomach gnomes with the deep-fried pork fritter sandwich ($8.29), which swathes a cracker-encrusted pork loin between slices of crispy white bread slathered in mayo and mustard. Diners wishing to keep their meals as light as a collegiate dictionary of Internet acronyms can try a blue-cheese-speckled bistro salad, a leafy dish boasting basil chicken slices, toasted almonds, and cranberries soused in balsamic vinaigrette ($7.99).
New York-style pizza and Italian-style Italian food fill the menu at Café Sicilia, a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming feel. Served by the pie or slice, sizzling pizzas are topped with canadian bacon, mushrooms, capers, artichokes, and other standard or specialty toppings and give off the aromas of toasted crust and melty cheese. Deep dish, sicilian-style pies pack an extra hearty punch, while stromboli and calzones transform the slice into a more compact culinary vehicle.
Outside the pizza realm, Café Sicilia's chefs plate fettucini alfredo, baked ziti, tortellini, and lasagna. Kids can tuck into spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana, while parents feast on zuppa de pesce, an assortment of seafood layered in zesty marinara. Culinary expeditions conclude with tiramisu, cannoli, and plain or chocolate cheesecake.
A spacious and casual gathering spot, Big Shots Sports Café is where visitors can stretch out, watch the game, and have a burger and beer. The staff will also agree that it’s the kind of place supposed founder Millard P. Foonswaggle would have enjoyed, kicking back after wrestling pythons and generally living on the edge. Inside, patrons sidle up to the bar for a frozen margarita or relax in a booth with an appetizer platter piled with onion strings, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, pickle chips, fries, and fried jalapeños. Stop in on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday nights for games of Texas hold’em or Friday evenings for live music.
If there were a saloon at the border of the fourth dimension where every empty could disappeared to, it would probably look a lot like Ron's Corner Tavern. Behind the shotgun-style bar, cans of all stripes line the walls, hailing from Austria, England, Belgium, and the sprawling beer forests of Germany. The tavern keeps more than 30 craft brews on draught, such as Real Ale Devil's Backbone and Left Hand Milk Stout, and another 50+ in cans and bottles. Though Ron's styles itself as a craft-beer bar, their curated selection of more than 100 kinds of scotch, bourbon, and whiskey would impresses even the most grizzled prospector. Many of those oaken-hued ryes—along with a supporting cast of acai liquer and jalapeño tequila—make appearances in managing partner Mark Kelcher's original specialty cocktails, including the Texas daiquiri and the Blackberry mojito.
For a break in the bacchanalia, the tavern salutes the Lone Star State with a smattering of relaxed New American snacks and entrees. Appetizers, such as panko-breaded fried avocado slices preface entrees including the Texas burger—buried under a mountain of cheddar, bacon, and barbecue sauce.