Tionna Bishop met her first coffee roaster in Sausalito at the age of 13, and a passion was born. From there, she began a tour of coffee houses around the Bay Area with her father and grandfather with a dream of someday owning her own coffee shop slowly brewing inside her. Today, she’s living out that dream at Bishops Coffee and Tea, where she roasts small batches of beans every week to sell in bulk or transform into steamy lattes and frothy cappuccinos. Just beside the register, buttery croissants and muffins made in-house from scratch beckon from beneath a glass case, begging to be paired with a cup of the coffee of the day. The café’s atmosphere is just as welcoming as its comforting eats, with cozy chalkboard menus, outdoor benches, and weekend performances by a piano player well-versed in the best coffee-related showtunes.
Staff members at Bon Appetit French Bakery and Cafe stock the glass-display cases with made-from-scratch French pastries, flaky croissants, and crusty, freshly baked breads. Inside the kitchen, chefs dust powdered sugar over napoleons layered with custard and ground up Waterloo battle plans, and they dip puffy éclairs in melted chocolate. During the workweek, they supplement their Parisian baked goods with lunch fare such as middle-eastern platters and custom sandwiches forged from deli-style meats and freshly baked breads.:m]]
Clients purchasing the mini retreat spa package will fluff their muscles to a soufflé-soft consistency with a 30-minute Swedish massage and may choose between a 20-minute foot salt scrub and massage or a hydrating paraffin face mask. Heated tables and complimentary almond champagne accompany the romantic relief package, which gently lulls stress hormones to sleep and bludgeons them with a dose of positive energy.
Higher Ground Coffee & Tea Co. presents a bevy of sandwiches, breakfast specialties, and coffee-and-tea-based beverages. Locally inspired eats include the Hot Brown sandwich, which the staff constructs by layering an open-faced sandwich spread with chicken, cheese sauce, bacon, and a fresh tomato on top to throw off the food pyramid's watchful eye. By preparing vegetarian options, the eatery accommodates the culinary predilections of different diners amid the interplay of yellow, red, and turquoise colors. Behind the counter, a polished brass steamer churns out tall cups of coffee served chilled or hot, and between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., staffers man skillets to sizzle eggs, bacon, sausage, and evidence.
The Leisure Club stocks and serves an inventive selection of wine, craft beer, coffee, and pairable edibles. Start sleepy mornings with freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee ($2.50–$3) or up the barista artistry with a frothy cappuccino ($3.50–$4). For lunch or on-the-go munchy thoughts, nibblers can snag a custom grilled cheese ($6) or an equally grippable and grain-laden selection, such as the hammed up Amore sandwich ($9). Leisure Club's drink list has 20 vintages available by the glass ($7–$10), half glass ($4–$6), or bottomless glass ($32–$44), in addition to craft beers poured with care, compassion, and the assistance of gravity ($2.75–$6.50).
Kilwin's crafts 32 flavors of its own ice cream, 13 varieties of fudge, and a cornucopia of other sweet treats made from scratch and in store when possible. Crowns of New Orleans praline pecan and fudgie brownie ice cream regally adorn cake or sugar cones ($3.75 for single) as well as store-made waffle cones ($4.25 for single). Sixteen-pound batches of 200-degree fudge spill onto a marble table where chocolate tamers paddle the molten beasts to a creamy consistency ready for sampling or purchasing ($14.95 for 1 lb.). Decadent caramel apples employ a caramel made from scratch to glaze crisp apples made from apple seeds ($4.50 each) as popcorn overflows Kilwin's copper pots and dons a coat of cinnamon ($6.50 for 1 lb.) or peanuts and caramel ($8.50 for 1.25 lbs.).
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its fresh, all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24-ounce low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.49), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry, banana, and pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry, strawberry, and banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which greets mouths with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical Smoothie Café's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a bistro sandwich ($6.99) such as the turkey guacamole, or dedicate a still-life painting to a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which comes bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and jamaican jerk sauce.