Alex Rubeo wants to take you on a journey. Crossing the threshold into Mariela's Wine Bar, rich hardwoods and a humble atmosphere aim to transport the senses to a faraway place—to France, or maybe Italy—where visitors sip glasses of wine, share intimate conversation, and snack on shareable plates. Alongside pours from the rotating selection of wines by the glass, live music and tastings add to the relaxed atmosphere of cozy tables, a well-stocked bar, and the occasional Snuggie-clad bartender.
At Cap's Country Market & Deli, guests sip cups of fresh coffee as they flip through local newspapers, chat with friends and neighbors over lunches of grass-fed burgers or housemade pizza, and dine on deli sandwiches. Diners chow down on smoked meat, baked goods fresh from the oven, or order movable feasts of catered deli and diner cuisine for off-site parties and get-togethers.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with all-natural juice, nonfat yogurt or sherbet, and ice ($3.69 junior, $4.69 regular, $5.69 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice). Power smoothies blend juices, nonfat yogurt or sherbets, soy or whey protein, and vitamin boosters into an elixir that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body ($5.75 regular, $6.75 large). Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels, such as tomato parmesan or spinach feta ($2.75 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies, with flavors such as oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, lemon poppy seed, and more ($1.95 each).
Franklin Street Works gallery and eatery provides a welcoming environment for local artists and social gatherers inside a two-story renovated row house, originally built in the late 19th century. The not-for-profit organization fosters creativity with art pieces, musicians, and artistic films inside its cozy space, replete with warm lighting and exposed-brick walls. The space hosts social programs to encourage socialization, such as wine tastings, talks by regional artists, and debates on which Skittle flavor is the tastiest. A menu of artisanal tidbits from regional vendors features gourmet sandwiches, draft beers, and baked goods that guests can savor knowing that profits help to sustain the artistic haven
Lorca prepares a wide variety of coffee beverages and the pastries to go with them. From chai lattes to mochas, americanos, iced coffee, and single-origin pour-over coffees, the baristas can slake just about any caffeine craving. To complement that bounty of bean-based beverages, they bake pastries such as croissants, muffins, and gluten-free St. James Spanish cakes made with ground almonds instead of flour.
Makis Food?s signature juice?the Maki Refueler?is a blend of carrots, mangoes, apples, and oranges. Likewise, the staff transforms medleys of fresh fruits and veggies into juices and smoothies, salads, and wraps. Highlights include the Makis salad, loaded with blueberries, feta cheese, and walnuts, and the sweet chicken wrap filled with fontina cheese and a housemade sauce.