Serving up an extensive menu of breakfast bites and deli fare, Coffee Pot Bistro resets clanging tummy clocks, and the café’s specialty coffee drinks provide flavorful caffeine kicks. Ante-meridiem munchers can jump-start their days with light breakfast options, such as eggs and toast ($3), or cram face crevasses with a croissant, such as the herbivore-friendly garden variety, with eggs, feta cheese, guacamole, and assorted veggies ($8). Various melts and sandwiches include Nana's chicken-salad sandwich topped with spinach, cranberries, and walnuts ($7) for a hearty meal free of Grandma’s relentless pyramid-scheme sales pitches. Coffee Pot Bistro also boasts a vast menu of specialty drinks that can be served hot, iced, or blended, such as the Laughalatté, with milk-chocolate and macadamia-nut flavors, or the white ghost, with essences of white chocolate, pistachio, and ectoplasm.
A 2010–2011 recipient of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year award, Phoenix Rising Bakery crafts a scrumptious bounty of handmade breads, sweets, and other golden-crusted butter vessels. Each batch of artisan bread dough is kneaded to life over the course of two days using all-natural and organic ingredients, and then baked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. Accompany morning cups of coffee or tea-time chalices of mead with a fresh and flavorsome cinnamon roll ($3), or practice making kissy faces by puckering up to a lemon bar ($1.50) instead of an already slanderized milkman. Nonsweet breads are available in flavors such as sourdough, rosemary, and whole wheat, and freshly prepared 10" pizza crusts ($7 for a pack of four) make perfect canvases for homemade pies or anchovy haikus.
More than 30 years ago, Hal and Lisa Berdoll planted an orchard of 5,000 pecan trees. They tended to their crop diligently, and today more than 15,000 trees sprawl across 340 acres, their branches heavy with the weight of their bounty. At harvest time, the family shells the nuts, sells them whole, or creates whimsical treats from them to sell at the family store. There, second-generation Berdolls bake pies, make fudge, churn nut butter, and craft a variety of confections. Among their most popular items are pecan pies sold in a Texas-themed box, pecan clusters, and pecan-flavored pecans.
Red Table Coffee is a locally owned and operated café that doles out all-important caffeinated beverages and light eats. The house specialty is latte art: intricate designs swirled into the favored foam that tops Red Table's coffee beverages. Dip a sleepy upper lip into the foam leaves, hearts, and swans atop a latte or cappuccino (starting at $2.25 for 8 oz.). Alternately, keep your drinkable depths dark and inscrutable with a plain coffee or hot tea ($2 each). For a fizzy, cool option, try an Italian soda ($2.25–$2.50), and offset the thirst-quencher with a compatible wrap or sandwich ($5 each). The Aegean wrap features Mediterranean-style feta and kalamata olive salsa twined with spinach, hummus, and sun-dried tomatoes, and a sandwich of salami and smoked gouda is an indulgent meatsperience crowned with red peppers, mayo, and mustard, served on a satisfying baguette.