For centuries, smoking hookah in a caf? has been a way to relax among friends. Lux Cafe & Hookah Lounge adds a touch of refinery to this experience. Dim lighting punctuated by a rim of neon on the ceiling shrouds the room in hushed ambiance, and a music-video DJ projects audiovisual collages onto the lounge?s wall. Seated at sofas, love seats, and magical toadstools around low tables, hookah smokers puff on Starbuzz tobacco flavors ranging from blackberry and tangerine dream to fuzzy naval.
Though you'll find an array of lunch selections on the menu at Coffee Land, the shop pays most of its focus on two meals: breakfast and dessert. The staff begins each morning by setting up displays full of sweet pastries and fresh fruit, and by blending caffeinated drinks such as iced coffee and cappuccinos, along with more exotic options such as thai tea and boba smoothies. As the day heats up, they begin crafting sweeter options. Scoops of ice cream perch atop waffle cones, and whipped cream and chocolate syrup drench slices of banana and rich ice cream. Guests can linger over their treats at one of the intimate tables in the cherry-colored cafe, using the free WiFi to get some work done or build a website for their turkey sandwich.
The robin’s-egg blue walls of Stacey’s Cafe Delish provide a calming backdrop to the delicious chaos of cheese and crisp, flattened bread that compose the grilled paninis. Stuffed with the likes of eggplant, salmon, and scrambled eggs, the paninis represent the creative café fixings that are served up in the sunny, coffee-scented restaurant. Breakfasts of asparagus omelets or apple-juice smoothies are followed by a plethora of hot sandwiches and cool salads, which are kosher and can be prepared vegan or gluten free if desired.
In addition to its azure waters and its intoxicating climate, the Mediterranean is known for the rich variety of herbs and spices that populate the cuisines of its people. Steeped in this tradition themselves, the cooks at Eilat Grill season their meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes with the same flavors found in bustling markets and cozy kitchens throughout the region. Their menu is packed with traditional favorites such as hummus plates, kabobs, and grill plates piled high with chicken, beef, and lamb, as well as four salmon entrees prepared with different international twists. Diners can also sample exotic breakfasts such as shakshuka, a poached egg dish soaked in a homemade spicy tomato sauce, or stick with familiar favorites such as classic American burgers. No matter what they order, guests take their meals in a romantic dining room featuring accents such as Jerusalem stone columns, tiled arches, and statues of Cupid updating his LiveJournal. This scene is occasionally joined by visions of colorful cakes and tarts, which make their home in the displays of the restaurant’s bakery.
Leafy palm fronds filter sunlight as it trickles in through House of Brews' expansive windows to land gingerly upon cups of freshly brewed coffee forged from Gaviña Gourmet Coffee beans. Visitors lounge by the fireplace with steaming cups of specialty espresso and tea drinks, the vibrations of free wireless Internet infusing the beverages with up-to-the-minute stock prices. Neatly manicured shrubs and trees shelter customers on the shaded courtyard patio, the café's wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast items lavish palates with all-day nourishment.
Smoke City Market's resident chefs enlist natural ingredients to season meats smoked Texas-style over natural oak, as well as sides and sauces prepared from scratch. Barbecue buffs slice lean beef brisket by the pound, while a cornucopia of side dishes rides shotgun in the culinary Cadillac. Red chili eschews beans for a thoroughly meaty mouthful that has no chance of conjuring up giants, and cabbage apple slaw and beet salad add crunch to the meal's textural palette. Diners saddle up picnic-style wooden benches inside Smoke City's clay-orange eatery, lined with strips of raw wood and Old West décor including wagon wheels, a cow skull, and a man-eating cactus.