Every month the staff members at Simplicity Coffee, Tea, and More swap out the artwork on the walls for paintings and photographs from a different local artist. Along with the art on the walls, the café also features live music and open mic nights with poets, comedians, and musicians.
A waterfall of shells dangles above the mantel, upon which a parrot perches. The bar is crafted from carved wood and framed with transoms of stained glass. Walking through the door at Cafe Cusco, it's difficult for guests not to be enchanted by the interior, especially if they're lucky enough to score one of the sumptuous booths, whose wood and stained glass echo the bar, and whose tapestry-wrapped cushions cosset them better than their mother's lap. This decor sets the scene for comforting plates of Peruvian food such as lomo saltado, with its zesty tamari sauce and tomatoes, and arroz con mariscos, a tumble of seafood and rice cooked with white wine and red pepper.
It has been more than 30 years since Ziggie's Cafe opened its doors to dish out generous portions of American favorites and diner staples. The restaurant serves breakfast any time, which means diners can order spanish omelets, waffles, skillets, and country-fresh eggs during the day or that eerie time when the sun dips below the horizon. Other specialties include chicken-fried steak, gyros, and fettucine alfredo.
Sausage rolls, savory meat pies, and lamingtons—chocolate-dipped and coconut-dusted sponge cake—are a few of the treats available at Walkabout Coffee Shop, a café dedicated to authentic Australian snacks and culture. The spot's friendly baristas also brew single-origin coffees, blend smoothies, and concoct specialty lattes and mochas. Aboriginal-influenced decor lends the coffeehouse a funky, relaxed ambiance, and musicians fill the space with their melodies during open-mic nights.
The scent of freshly baked biscuits, peppery gravy, and fried potatoes waft out of Republic Cafe’s kitchen 24 hours a day. Like the red, white, and blue of the French flag, the diner's housemade breakfasts pay homage to Americana, especially the country-fried skillet—a mound of hashbrowns topped with sautéed peppers and onions, cubes of country-fried steak, two eggs, and country gravy. Comfort-food classics populate the lunch menu as well, which stars BLTs, chicken-fried chicken, and open-faced beef sandwiches floating in a pool of savory, brown gravy.
Head baker Lisa Cothran crafts frosting-topped confections and custom pies and cakes from scratch using top-secret recipes garnered during a lifelong love of baking. Inside the pale-blue shop, silver serving trays set off the colorful frosting of signature cupcakes. The shop always supplies a core menu of client favorites alongside a rotating selection of unique flavor combinations, seasonal varieties, and preemie cakes needing special attention. Lisa intersperses her selection of classic and miniature cupcakes with cookies and a listing of cakes and pies she can craft upon request. The shop also connects with clients by hosting a variety of events, allowing patrons to get their hands sugary while decorating cupcakes or convincing gingerbread men of the fashionableness of frosted cravats.