Just above the gelato-and-coffee counter in Paula’s Eatery hovers what looks to be an enormous wire bird’s nest. The hyper-modern chandelier kind of sums up the whole feel of the café: disarmingly stylish, but comfortable and family-friendly.
The tone is fitting for a shop that has made a name for itself based on its unorthodox take on comfort food. The bakery whips up plates of homespun classics with a gourmet twist. The banana bread is roasted, zucchini cake is made with Tuscan olive oil, and the improbably enormous Rice Crispy treats are shot through with marshmallow chunks. Their signature Belgian waffles get a similar upgrade, served with pure maple syrup or the shop’s homemade gelato. For midday meals, cooks press fresh paninis, such as the Hawaiian Hula Ham, smothered in provolone, honey cured ham, and zesty pepper spiced apricot relish. At the coffee bar, baristas tamp out a slew of espresso drinks, from classic drip coffees to exotic affogatos—a scoop of gelato drowned in espresso and served with an improvised sea shanty.
Though Native American deity Kokopelli holds a reputation as a mischievous trickster, Kokopellis Koffee deviates from its namesake with an atmosphere that’s laid-back and unassuming. Light filters in through skylights on the slanted ceiling of the two-story café as guests cozy up with steamy mugs in the upstairs lounge and an espresso machine whirrs and buzzes in the downstairs coffee bar. While the upper level hosts overstuffed couches and bookshelves, the casual downstairs café houses tables and a colorful chalkboard that lists drinks, sandwiches, and the latest victims of Kokopelli’s vanishing-creamer trick.
At the vast and versatile Day & Night Event Center & Cafe, you can slide into one of the giant horseshoe-shaped booths or tables for everything from burgers to live music. One part performance venue, one part restaurant, the center keeps visitors sated with hand-formed, grass-fed beef and giant burritos filled with slow-cooked pork. Future plans include movie screenings, family nights, and maybe even a retail shop.
The only thing better than waking up to a freshly made breakfast is having someone else do the work for you. And that is exactly what you'll get at Ditta Caff?. Three sisters originally opened the caff? and they still own and operate this family business. One of the three wakes up early in the morning to bake the day's caff? cuisine, from bagels blended with asiago cheese to the homemade granola that tops fresh fruit parfaits. When the first customers start rolling in for coffee and scones, most know to go straight to the restful patio, where shaded tables await underneath a giant tree strung with glass lanterns. For those who don't have the time to linger, the shop also features a drive-thru where they can serve up their sandwiches and salads made with local meats and cheeses.