Peruvian dark. Sumatran. Mocha java. High Alps blend. Whether you want your coffee dark, medium-roasted, or blended, Guse's has it. Better yet, every blend is made from organic, fair-trade beans that have been roasted in-house using a process that creates a cup of coffee with low acidity. They also have flavored espresso drinks that include vanilla, hazelnut, and irish cream, which can be added to any of their other gourmet coffees to switch up a standard cup and play a pleasing prank on tastebuds. And if you're a decaf drinker, Guse's has you covered. All of their decaf blends were created using the Swiss Water Process that, unlike other decaffeination methods, uses no chemicals at all. All of this coffee magic happens inside the historic Pounder Building?built in 1925?which has been Guse's home for two decades.
Traveling thousands of miles for a great meal might seem extreme to some, but it makes sense to members of the Zhen family. As a group who's passionate about good food, they understand why some people travel just to taste delicacies from around the world. Fortunately, local diners need only travel as far as Taste of China—the Zhen family's second restaurant—to find fresh Chinese food that made the Chinese Restaurant News' Top 100 Chinese Restaurants in the USA list for three consecutive years.
Inside the restaurant, aromas waft from the semi-open kitchen, carrying the promise of dishes such as tender beef in spicy Szechuan sauce or shredded mu shu pork with wood ear mushrooms and savory pancakes. For a taste of something truly unique, diners can ask to to eat from the test-kitchen menu of seasonal dishes made from rare and elusive ingredients.
Dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere that is energetic and amiable, Lindo Mexico Restaurant and Cantina boasts festivities every night of the week. As patrons munch on lauded fajitas paired with drinks and specials from the bar, singers storm the stage for karaoke Sunday through Tuesday, bearing their souls before feeding them with combination platters, burritos, and the restaurant’s popular fajitas. During the rest of the week, FunkShop DJs deliver jams and body-shaking beats, inducing mad dancing in those not currently performing fork-jives. Fueling the lively atmosphere is the flavorful work of the bartenders, who mix nine varieties of margaritas along with beers, wines, and top-shelf tequilas.
El Valle Mexican Restaurant's menu indulges taste buds with savory Mexican dishes that arrive tableside in huge portions and margaritas made in-house. Spoons scoop up the pork pozole soup's tender pork in a green tomatillo sauce, and forks pierce chilies rellenos, made fresh daily, or the chimichanga costera, which overflows with shrimp, scallops, and gooey cheese sauce. Traditional carne asada vies for attention with crab enchiladas, and meals conclude with bites of creamy cheesecake enclosed in deep-fried flour tortillas.
Adults love to drink coffee. Kids love to play. But unless you have a frappuccino-filled swimming pool in your backyard, there aren't many places where both activities can take place. That's where Little Cups & Grownups comes in. Part cafe and part play-space, Little Cups allows adults to relax and converse as their children interact in a supervised area stocked with toys and books. Baristas pour Caffe D'arte coffee and espresso drinks alongside salads, chicken wraps, and turkey paninis, while parties provide kids with snacks and drinks of their own, including personal pizzas and juice.
El Presidente exemplifies a classic Mexican restaurant, with a colorfully decorated dining room, a bar stocked with frosty cervezas, and a menu of authentic dishes. Follow the aroma of sizzling carnitas and roasting peppers into the kitchen, where you'll find chefs whipping up enchiladas, burritos, and Mexican specialties—such as tender steak picado and sweet and spicy chicken mole. They also extend their culinary expertise towards variety of seafood dishes, smothering jumbo shrimp in house-made ranchero sauce and packing burritos with crab, shrimp, and chicken.
Guests await meals at tabletops and booths out in the expansive dining room, where Mexican artwork speckles the walls. Crystal-clear speakers create a festive atmosphere by playing lively tunes in lieu of stuffy muzack or recordings of the word "sorrow" repeated over and over again.