From the break of dawn to the arrival of the witching hour, the hiss of the espresso machine and the aromas of fresh-brewed coffee and spicy chai tea permeate Alley Cat Coffee House’s expansive space. Manning the counter 24 hours a day, the shop’s friendly baristas never stop topping off cups with ginger tea—made from 5 pounds of fresh ginger—or melting rich Ghirardelli chocolate into mochas, lattes, or carefully positioned open mouths. Morning customers nibble on a healthful breakfast of oatmeal and fruit, and late-night visitors wash down turkey melts and hummus with a thick milkshake.
Alley Cat’s interior is almost as diverse as its menu. A ceiling collage draws eyes upward to the colorful paintings of fish placed mere inches away from a photo of Mel Gibson chit-chatting on the phone. Beneath, sleek leather couches and plush chairs face traditional café seating. A separate room decked in simple earth tones makes an ideal study spot, fortified with wireless Internet, printing stations, and test answers carved into the tables.
Mary's Mountain Cookies traces its origins to the kitchens of Cherokee Park Dude Ranch, where head chef Mary whipped up three square meals a day for hungry guests and packed her popular homemade cookies in their horses' saddlebags. The "mountain-style" treats were sturdy enough to remain in one piece during horseback-riding trips, but soft enough to maintain an irresistibly chewy texture. Guests never failed to request the recipe, coworkers raved over the sweets, and horses raided the freezers for leftovers overnight?all persuading Mary to set out and start selling homemade cookies on her own.
Today, loyal customers enjoy over 50 varieties of quarter-pound mountain cookies, from the classic chocolate chip, to sugar-dusted snickerdoodles and salty-sweet peanut butter. Shoppers with cravings for more substantial treats can stock up on cream-cheese brownies, 12-inch cookie cakes, and frosting-filled cookie sandwiches.
While most people just swallow down a few vitamins to get all their daily nutrients, the staff at Infused Smoothies and Yogurts came up with a more appetizing alternative. They make getting all your required minerals and supplements a tasty process by mixing them into probiotic- and antioxidant-rich smoothies.
To create these signature health drinks, they blend a base of fresh fruits and vegetables with add-ins, such as multivitamins, fiber, and protein. Specialties include the Banana-Nut Blast and the Trail Mix—a blend of natural almond butter, cinnamon granola, and ground-up hiking boots. They serve these up alongside freshly squeezed juices, Jackie's Java coffees, and more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt, which comes in sugar-free, nonfat, and Greek varieties.
The chefs at Ocean Sushi coil more than 35 specialty rolls and poise nearly 30 varieties of fresh-sliced sashimi atop tiny beds of rice. Simplistic arrangements highlighting quail eggs or surf clam join a long list of fancier rolls, such as the Louisville roll with crab, avocado, salmon, and tuna. The kitchen also fries vegetables in crispy tempura batter and sautés chicken in teriyaki sauce. Boba, commonly known as bubble tea, complements meals with flavors such green tea, honeydew, and green apple, dotted with tapioca pearls. In addition to its Japanese dishes, Ocean Sushi also prepares Vietnamese food such as pho and bun, or vermicelli noodles with marinated meats.
Ocean Sushi delivers meals within a five-mile radius of its Longmont location, just because that is as far as the chef can throw.
Favorite dishes from the south populate the menu at Leenie's Southern Cafe. Early in the morning, chefs tuck ham into omelets and decorate waffles with bananas, whipped cream, and pecans and before creating lunchtime eats such as chicken and shrimp gumbo. Their culinary endeavors don?t stop there; they display their love of anything sweet by baking cupcakes, muffins, pie, and bacon pineapple upside down cake.
Moose Creek Cafe dishes out feasts of classic Americana to droves of loyal customers, whether they're locals sharing friendly conversation over cups of coffee, or tourists looking for a hearty breakfast before exploring the mountain scenery of nearby North Park. Art from local artists decorates the walls inside, while an open-air patio hosts lunches and dinners of chargrilled burgers, fajitas, and pepper steak.