Lattelicious, a drive-through coffee cart located in the Vineyard Plaza parking lot, supplies on-the-go customers with café drinks and baked treats such as chocolate-filled croissants. Baristas marry shots of espresso with steamed milk to make signature lattes, and also craft energizing drinks such as cappuccinos, frappés, and Red Bull beverages. Many drinks can also be made lactose-free.
The baristas of StingRay Cafe help awaken patrons with fresh espresso drinks, including cappuccinos and americanos, as well as tea, chai, and hot chocolate. Along with the frothy favorites, they whip up a host of snack-'em-ups, such as pizza bagels and mac ‘n’ cheese, or lunch boxes packed with a panini, chips, and a soda. Located within the Leftbank Project, StingRay Cafe is part of a network of small-business owners reusing city landmark buildings as commercial space, rather than letting them fall into disrepair or join a punk band and graffiti themselves.
Founded by a pair of Russian emigres, Piroshki and a Pickle brings the rich, homey cuisine of the old country to a cozy cafe setting. Guests match cups of espresso or Water Avenue Single Origin coffee with flaky, made-from-scratch pastries known as piroshki, which are stuffed with eggs and Bavarian sausage or sweeter things such as poppyseed, apricot, and peach. Diners can cleanse their palates with locally-made MoonBrine pickles or use the salty treats to get horses to do their bidding.
At Kat's Crepes, thin pancakes filled with sweet and savory ingredients are what's for dinner. Or lunch, or breakfast, or dessert thanks to the versatile dish. The menu beckons taste buds with crepes such as the BLT, smoked salmon, and banana and Nutella. Although the dish is traditionally French, local culinary items such as Tillamook cheddar and marionberry jam put a decidedly Northwestern American spin on things.
If you want it to be, it's always morning at Cafe Theobroma?they serve breakfast all day. The chefs have designed their fare to be flavorful yet light and energizing, so you can sustain a stimulated feeling all day without taking breaks to touch an electric fence. Try the quiche filled with chicken and caramelized apples, sweet and savory crepes, or omelets studded with cuts of Pacific salmon. These pair well with the cups of Illy coffee or any of the bar's classic cocktails.
But though their fare is light, it's still hearty?in the Rome Hunting salad, for example, they toss seasoned beef and sauteed mushrooms with pistachio dressing and a drizzle of cranberry sauce. There are also gourmet sandwich options.
Named for the Hawaiian word for passion fruit, Lilikoi Coffee exudes a tropical feel with walls painted the color of the ocean on a clear, bright day. Guests can order up a plate of savory or sweet waffles, including some dusted with powdered sugar and ripe strawberries. Baristas camped out behind the counter navigate jars filled with loose-leaf Foxfire tea, pots of brewing Stumptown coffee, and 14 styles of syrup to mix into chilled italian sodas or bubble bath for Candyland. Staff can customize the drinks to suit dietary requirements, swapping out the milk in traditional lattes with rice-, almond-, or hemp- milk alternatives.