Holy Bagels & Pizzeria Downtown serves up Kosher meals bookended by bagels for breakfast and pizza later in the day. Breakfast brings a flurry of entrees that go beyond typical day starters with skakshuka (eggs cooked in a veggie sauce) and a bagel platter with smoked salmon and the works. But the variety doesn't end there. Throughout the day, housemade focaccia bread still warm from the oven becomes the base for sandwiches stuffed with Mediterranean treats like fried eggplant, hardboiled eggs, and hummus. Chefs also build plates of pasta and a fish specialties, including pecan-encrusted salmon. If that's not enough inspiration to eat every meal here for the rest of your life, two dozen kosher sushi rolls keep the party going and signature pizzas pop out of the oven with toppings like spicy tuna or pesto sauce.
Froots offers a healthy alternative to most fast food chains, forgoing greasy burgers in favor of fresh smoothies. Their menu places a premium on natural ingredients that is made-to-order, with options for every meal of the day. This culinary commitment to fresh and natural comes from a belief that if you have your healthy you have everything—which probably includes a really cool tree fort.
Constructing what they refer to as "fine fast food," the chefs at Bistro Coffee rely on the training and techniques of their native France to create thoughtful, beautiful, and quick bites. At breakfast that might include buckwheat crepes stuffed with brie and bacon or sweet crepes with raspberry jam. Later, the menu challenges diners' expectations of fast food even more with decadent plate of lobster ravioli, crisp salads with goat cheese and cranberries, prosciutto and arugula panini, and desserts like dulche de leche creme brulee. And like any classic Parisian cafe, Bistro Coffee offers a fine selection of beverages, including coffee, tea, beer, and wines available by the glass or as an unusual sundae topping.
Barú Urbano takes the ingredients of island life—the colors, the music, and the laid-back vibe—and tosses them into a blender with the ingredients of urban life—the street art, the food, and the cocktails. The resulting concoction is a festival for the senses that still manages to offer a relaxing escape from everyday city living.
Barú Urbano's menu reflects this casual yet exciting spirit. Using urban comfort food as the basis for many dishes, chefs infuse bites with Latin and Caribbean flair, especially through signature dressings, sauces, and salsas. The spread also features ceviches, empanadas, and carnes, including one dish called the BARU parilla. Packed with enough food to feed three people or one body-building alligator, the BARU parilla is served on a sizzling skillet loaded with grilled steak, short ribs, and chorizo.
At Forty Four Cafe, chefs create a daily spread of Latin American street fare and fresh-baked French pastries. Each morning, chefs set to work to layer bread with ham, mustard, and pickles for Cuban sandwiches, stuff yucas for yuca rellena, and create savory empanadas. On the sweeter side, they create both French and Latin American desserts. Fresh, flaky croissants can be paired with a wealth of toppings, and guava tarts showcase the flavors of the tropics without dousing baked goods in every scent of sunscreen.
Panther Coffee is a Miami-based specialty coffee roaster, known for its small-batch roasting techniques and sublime cups of joe. In the corner of the storefront café is a bean roaster – the perfect piece of functional art – while a few high tables allow for seating across from the coffee bar. Most folks come here to grab unground beans to go, but that doesn’t mean the hip space can’t make for a great afternoon lounge spot. That’s especially true when the brews are this good, with the staff having won national awards for their Ethiopia Cherba and Coffee Kailash blends. And don’t’ be surprised when you order a latte that your steamed milk foam is decorated with some lovely latte art, and simple syrup is offered instead of sugar.