Coffee Squared's Cuvee-trained baristas steam and beautify specialty drinks with skill as they multitask to craft pastries and sandwiches. Rich coffee ($1.75–$2.25) widens the drooping eyelids of patrons as steam billows up from piping-hot cups of organic Mighty Leaf tea ($2.05–$2.45) plucked from sustainable farms. Iced white mochas ($3.95–$4.25) send energizing chills down spines as masterfully brewed espresso and sweet cocoa tango down throat chutes. Guests can feel free to sink into sumptuous leather club chairs to work remotely or look up their elvish pseudonym on Coffee Squared's free WiFi network while gobbling up sandwiches and pastries ($1.75–$5) from a rotating menu. The list of hunger quenchers showcases such treats as cranberry blondies and kolacky—fruit poised in buttery dough rounds. Red brick peeks out from behind strategically destroyed drywall in the cozy cafe, creating an artistic canvas on which contemporary paintings hang and at which guests can look while daydreaming or free associating about masonry, freemasonry, the Founding Fathers, and mothers that have a tendency to get lost.
SmoothieZone mixes a fruity, frosty menu of smoothies using fresh juices, frozen yogurt, and powerful shots of vitamins and nutrients. Fruit smoothies such as the blueberry-banana cooler ($3.65–$5.85) inundate sippers with 18 grams of whey protein, and fresh-squeezed juices such as the organic carrot juice ($2.95–$4.95) spare teeth days of tedious crunching. A kids’ menu sneaks protein into diminutive bellies with treats such as the Chunky Monkey, a protein smoothie with peanut butter, milk, chocolate, and bananas ($4.35). Shots of vitamins and nutrients such as B-12 ($0.99) and muscle building creatine and glutamine ($1.49 each) bolster beverages and imbue drinkers with the energy open the doors at a grocery store without touching them. Patrons can also enjoy waffle cones or cups filled with vanilla, chocolate, or swirled fat-free frozen yogurt ($2.95–$3.95).
Short Stop Food to Go features a simplified selection of grabbable salads, sandwiches, and daily-made fresh casseroles. Break from a midday dominoes duel for a balsamic salad ($8) with grilled chicken, mozzarella, and tomatoes drizzled with balsamic dressing and nestled on a bed of crisp greens, or boost a beta-carotene-deprived body with a broccoli salad ($7) served with tuna or chicken salad. Customizable sandwich selections allow you to orchestrate a laudable lunch by pairing the filling with the bread of your choice and are offered in half portions ($5) or whole ($7), with the accompaniment of chips or carrots. Nab a scoop of the spicy Mexican tuna salad, loaded with cilantro, onions, and dried red-chili pepper and placed on a soft and fluffy croissant, or pile thin-sliced roast beef onto 12-grain bread for a simple sandwich qualified to satisfy even the most passionate fiber fan.
When culinary veteran Jose Ramirez decided to break out on his own, he and his wife both agreed that they needed more family time. So JJ's Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch only, seven days a week. Their honed focus leads to breakfasts in which diners find the popular banana-pecan pancakes. Guests can also get some south-of-the-border flavor without pretending the food they normally eat is Canadian by ordering chorizo with their eggs. Or, they can try migas, scrambled eggs topped with jalapenos and picante sauce. Lunch options include sandwiches and salads, as well as comfort food such as chicken fried steak smothered in country cream gravy. The kitchen's also well known for its grilled biscuits, which sub in for toast on breakfast plates.
Added to the WaterFire Providence exhibit by sculptor Barnaby Evans in 2009, Starry, Starry Night is a luminous display of 100 blue star lamps suspended like ornaments on the trees in Memorial Park. Add to this effulgent exhibit of public art with your own blue lamp, which you can hang and to which you can attach a ribbon with a personalized wish, such as "world peace" or "Monkey, stop scratching me." Additionally, you'll place two Luminaria candle lanterns directly underneath your bluish beacon, each containing special dedication cards.