A little family run spot, Saigon Bistro Express pours a heap of passion into every Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, noodle soup, and grilled sate skewer. Lemongrass tofu stars in vegetarian entrees, while fresh fruit shakes cool off palates still smarting from flavorful bites of spicy beef or chicken rice bowls. The cafe atmosphere is welcoming and casual, with orders taken at the counter and delivered to your table by restaurant staff. Throughout the day, customers breeze through the friendly, family-owned dining space, stopping in for a full meal or a quick bite.
Seattle's Best Coffee's menu board presents its brews, breakfast sandwiches, and baked goods simply and intuitively in the spirit of fast and easy service. Customers choose from five levels of brew, arranged from mild to bold, before adding in flavored creamers or milk. More whimsical lattes and mochas swirl together sweets for instant doses of dessert. The affable baristas who helm the drive thru window are multi-lingual, speaking Spanish and Polish, as well as smiling in 34 languages. Taste testers sample each coffee shipment a minimum of three times before putting it into rotation, which is an effective way to ensure quality flavor and to stay awake for five days straight without blinking.
Cafetal's menu is fully stocked with plates of breakfast and lunch fare, spun like vinyl with distinct Latin flare. Taste buds are tickled awake with the veggie breakfast burrito, an amalgam of eggs, cheese, hash browns, bell peppers, spinach, and onion rolled into a food tube with creamy avocado and spicy salsa ($5.25). Lunchers can soak up rays on the outdoor patio while enjoying a Mexican torta, a toasted Mexican sweet roll housing ham, queso fresco, onions, tomatoes, jalapeños, and avocado ($5.50). The café's food is coupled with an array of potables, including the Mexicano, a steamy blend of espresso and Mexican hot chocolate ($3.50+), also available iced ($3.75+), blended ($4.25+), or in a doubled-strawed beer helmet. Typists can practice one-handed surfing on the eatery's free Wi-Fi, occupying their leftover digits with a scoop of Marianne’s ice cream ($2.25).
Sipatea's beverage artisans accept nothing less than fresh fruit as they blend a variety of teas and smoothies untainted by premade powders. Using taiwanese tea-leaves, tapioca pearls, and chunks of fruit, they whirl together unique tea flavors including the Tutti Fruity with strawberry, mango, and lychee; and Berry Blossom with strawberry and raspberry. A hailstorm of housemade whipped cream rains upon frozen smoothies, complementing tastes of strawberry, mango, or avocado. Guests can embellish their beverages with extras, including lychee and coffee jelly.
In 1996, in Washington State, taste tied the knot with health as the first Emerald City Smoothie location oversaw a marriage that, today, has grown to 50-plus locations across the United States. There was no exchange of vows, and objections—if any existed—were quickly muted by a chorus of "Mmms," as fresh-fruit smoothies treated sippers to healthy, on-the-go meals. To help patrons navigate its vast selection without a map made of crazy straws, Emerald City Smoothie divides its menu into categories, such as Boost My Immune System, Help Me Lose Weight, and Just for Kids. Past smoothies, nutrition weaves a common thread through each store's additional offerings, including meal alternatives, snacks, and supplements from major brands.
A joint venture by AOL and Stanford Student Enterprises, Ground Up satisfies hard-to-please palates with painstakingly crafted cups of local, artisanal coffee from the Blue Bottle Coffee Company. All of Blue Bottle Coffee's beans are organically grown without pesticides and are shipped to suppliers within 48 hours of roasting, ensuring each drink is fresh, flavorful, and free of boring stories about its brief success on Star Search. Because they hold their drinks to such a high standard, Ground Up’s staff take care to prepare each brewed potion with the extra time needed to make every sip exceptional, providing patrons an opportunity to warm up their mouths on a full menu of flaky croissants, fresh sandwiches, and Strauss organic ice creams.:m]]
Making a good sandwich, like removing a child’s head from between stair balusters, requires delicate handling and a lot of mayonnaise. Marvel at skilled condiment usage with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of sandwiches and bagels at Izzi's To-Go East-Coast Bagels & Smokehouse in Redwood City.