Sugar Cafe owner Kelly James, a fixture in Pittsburgh's gourmet-pastry scene, opened the doors in February 2011 to reveal a menu of delectable sweets and savories crafted in-house by a team of dedicated chefs. Visitors can dine on specialties such as a black forest ham sandwich with sliced granny smith apples, gouda, and spicy mustard on a french baguette, or a sandwich with eggplant and tomato roasted by the heat of food-grade fireworks and topped with parmesan cheese and toasted garlic mayonnaise on ciabatta bread. An elevated bakery exhibits the mouthwatering work of prodigious bakers and sous chefs, who converge each morning to whip up desserts such as Grand Marnier cheesecake, vanilla-chai cupcakes, and lemon pound cakes. Complimentary WiFi keeps patrons comfortably connected, and a BYOB policy allows guests to bring along a bottle of wine to accompany meals or christen a ship on the way home.
Cannon Coffee Shop serves hot mugs of freshly brewed coffee and a variety of tasty treats. Energize with one of the myriad bean-infused drinks available, such as an iced coffee ($2), a brain-jolting double espresso ($1.50), a creamy mocha ($3.75/16 oz.), or a latte ($2.50/12 oz.) decorated with florally patterned milk-froth. Grilled sandwiches, such as the zucchini panini ($4.25) or turkey florentine panini, made with basil aioli, fresh spinach, and melted cheese ($5.25), muffle the grumbles of newly caffeinated hunger pangs. Cannon Coffee Shop also offers coffee beans and loose tea for purchase in bulk, perfect for brewing at home or aboard the international space station.
Shouf’s Cafe recently earned a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Reader’s Choice award for the Best Ethnic Restaurant of 2012. That’s thanks to the mouthwatering, accessible Lebanese cuisine that Tony Moses and his team of chefs have created here since 2006. They cook up lamb kebabs, moussaka, and slow-cooked pork shank, as well as entrees with influences from across the Mediterranean, such as filet mignon and spinach pie. The cross-cultural menu is augmented by hearty breakfast selections such as buttermilk pancakes and omelets. You can pair up your Mediterranean feast with a glass of wine or a coffee drink and cap off the meal with housemade baklava, the Death by Chocolate cake, or a eulogy for a misplaced napkin.
Buon Giorno Café serves up fresh, homemade, and upscale Italian breakfast and lunch fare to famished downtown workers and hopelessly hungry romantics alike. A small breakfast menu offers a tasty break with veggie-stuffed frittatas ($5.50), fresh pastries ($1.25–$4.75), and caffeine-infused coffee creations ($.85–$3). The daily lunch menu rotates house-made dishes, unique to each location, every giorno. Permanent lunch staples such as the antipasto salad ($8.25), pasta ricotta ($8), and Italian hot sausage sandwich ($6.75), are stuffed full of imported Italian specialty foods.
The smoothie engineers at Jamba Juice soak torrid tongues with delicious nutrient-rich concoctions from an extensive menu void of artificial preservatives or trans fats. Each large smoothie (a $7.06 value after tax) packs a vitamin wallop that helps people to lead healthy lives and gives them enough energy for all of life’s challenges, from getting through the workday to jumping safely from a cellular tower into a nearby kiddie pool. Take tongues for a whirl with the Strawberry Surf Rider, a smoothie made with strawberries, peaches, Jamba lemonade, and lime sherbet, or pump your palate with a Peach Pleasure smoothie concocted from peach, banana, and orange flavors. Fruit-and-veggie blends, such as the Apple 'n Greens or the Orange Carrot Karma, fuse the salubrious benefits of both types of soil-sprouters in a frozen treat that's more enjoyable than devouring a still-life painting.
Hookah Bookah wafts the gentle aromas of its tobacco arsenal, allowing patrons to customize their hookahs with various flavors, a number of bowls and hoses, and an appetizing menu of munchables. A single bowl ($9.95) can brim with one of 22 premium, flavored tobaccos, such as mango, jasmine, or honey ($1 for single flavor), or with a heaping of 1 of 14 exotic tobaccos from a list that includes banana split and pomegranate ($3 for single flavor). Lung-powered fog machines can arrive sporting up to three distinct hoses ($4), although Hookah Bookah's policies foster sanitary smoke-ring creation by mandating that no more than three guests may share a multihose hookah and only one person may use a single-hose hookah. Patrons can accessorize their mini-cloud generators with natural coals, ice in the base, or political bumper stickers for additional fees.