Radhika's Café melds a menu of vegetarian dishes influenced by Mexican and Indian flavors and regularly supplemented by daily specials. An appetizer of two samosas delivers deep-fried dough pockets bursting with piping-hot potato and peas and served with chutney, whereas Mock Fishsticks and UnChicken Nuggets replace poultry and sea-poultry with equally flavorful ground-grown fare. As an entrée, the curry tofu sandwich coats deep-fried tofu in cheese, homemade curry sauce, and sliced sitar notes before blanketing the concoction in lettuce, tomato, sprouts, slices of whole-wheat toast. The cheesesteak layers a toasted hoagie with sautéed seitan, bell peppers, and cabbage, drenched in jerk sauce and melted cheese, and bean tostadas set up three crispy corn-tortilla stages on which beans, avocado, and cheese deliver delicious monologues backed up by tomato, lettuce, and sour cream.
The "Press" in Radical Press Coffee might have two meanings, seeing as how the shop is located within the Civic Media Center's radical lending library. If you want to read more about the fair economic practices behind the shop's vegan coffee drinks, you can probably find a relevant book in the stacks that line the walls. As for the coffee itself, it's all locally roasted and served hot or iced, french-pressed or aero-pressed. The baked goods are all gluten-free, vegan, and nutritious, so you won't have to eat the napkin to get your daily fiber.
Open until 2 a.m. seven days a week, Flashbacks Lounge caters to caffeine fixes at all times of the day with local brews from Sweetwater Organic Coffee and Tree City Roasters. In addition to coffee and espresso drinks, the staff serves a variety of spirits in a laid-back, relaxing environment devoid of intrusive noise or loud music. Guest can also gather on the outdoor patio to sip beverages in the fresh air.
Rifle through the pages of the menu at Nirvana Cafe, and you'll see dishes inspired by cuisines from across the globe—there's tender gyros and kebabs from the Mediterranean, plump perogi from Eastern Europe, and tangy Korean-style carrot salad. But there's also a variety of American favorites, such as chicken salad wraps and creamy new york cheesecake. As chefs bring these dishes to life in the kitchen, diners lounge on banquettes amid the bold red walls of the bright dining room, sipping freshly squeezed juices and imported Russian beers.
Sippers Coffeehouse's friendly baristas brew hot, iced, and blended concoctions with locally roasted arabica coffee. Steamed milk or soymilk and espresso whirl together to create macchiatos as well as hot or iced lattes in flavors such as almond, raspberry cheesecake, and white-chocolate peppermint topped with snowcaps of whipped cream. Blended drinks send energizing chills down guests' spines, while guests limiting caffeine intake may opt for chai lattes and hot chocolate to keep insides as warm and tranquil as a slumbering bunsen burner. Coffee lovers can keep it simple with a medium-size freshly brewed Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee or enliven their taste buds with the rotating flavor of the day. Posters and local art cling to turquoise, cobalt, and warm violet walls as guests surf free WiFi and lounge on a hodgepodge of bright pink club chairs, plush couches, and tables. Natural light streams into the coffee shop as drink orders are taken through a drive-thru window for tired mine carts on the go.