Founded, owned, and run by the Harvey family, Mitchell's is a cozy and convenient spot to grab a coffee and some family cooked fare. Morning caffeine jolts come in the form of cups of joe ($1.75 for a medium), lattes ($3.20 for a medium) and frozen mochas ($3.90). Smoothies ($4.00) are also available in banana, strawberry, raspberry, or any combination of the three encompassable by the meager scope of human imagination. Those who wish to supplement their morning coffee buzz with nourishment can take advantage of Mitchell's breakfast, served Monday through Saturday until 11 a.m. Tastebuds, dormant through the night, will be awakened to joy with the Mitchell's Favorite breakfast burrito ($4.95), a delectable mélange of scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chipotle hot sauce. Non-carnivores can partake in the Veggie-Tastic breakfast burrito ($4.95), replete with scrambled eggs, spinach, tomato, Parmesan cheese and basil. Lunch is offered on weekdays, serving up a tantalizing collection of soups, sandwiches, and salads. Customers who are attracted, moth-like, to the mysterious might wish to try Mitchell's Famous Chicken Gumbo ($3.99 for a cup, $4.99 for a bowl), a local favorite, made according to a secret recipe bestowed upon the owners in an ancient and esoteric ceremony, deep in the heart of Louisiana. Other lunch opportunities include Chicken or Tuna salads ($5.85) and "Create Your Own" Sandmitches ($5.99), named after the owners' son.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.
Each Cosi locale aims to channel the charm of a small Parisian café by serving up a menu of quality food and an atmosphere suited for conversation. Warm stone-oven-baked flatbreads feature a two-millenia-old recipe and lay the foundation for many of Cosi's sandwiches and pizzas. The clean flavors of the signature tomato, basil, and mozzarella sandwich ($5.99) find a rustic home within warm, crusty walls and the saucy star of the barbecue-chicken pizza ($12.99) travels to mouths with an entourage of smoked gouda, red onion, and cilantro trained in grappling grabby tablemates. Veggie-based bites include the crunchy steak-house salad ($7.79) coated in blue-cheese dressing and fresh-cracked pepper.
On weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., cooks at Better Lunch stack sandwiches with sumptuous ingredients: chicken spread with cranberries and almonds, salami with carrots and Italian sauce, and signature egg and pickle salad are just a few examples. Diners can also opt for the soup of the day, or for a crisp salad with all the fixings.
More than 40 years ago, Harry J. Hoenselaar chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey, barbecued pork, and 2-pound beef roasts smothered in gravy.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.