Cafe Madrid excites palates with a traditional lineup of Spanish deli selections alongside creative coffees and cold beverages. Embark on transatlantic flavor treks atop the menu’s roasted eggplant sandwich ($8), just the way Columbus did, or bundle a bocadillo with a choice of gourmet meats, cheeses, and zesty condiments ($7.50). Early risers can stop by on morning commutes to employ teeth in the disassembling of tomato-topped andalusian toast ($3) and pair it with a choice of coffee concoctions such as café con leche ($3) or find a tempting treat for after-work outings by sipping sangria by the glass ($6), pitcher ($13), or hollowed-out gold brick.
Growing from the seeds of coffee beans, Farley's started as a java shop that eventually transformed into a community feeding and watering hole. As a neighborhood citizen, the eatery stocks its shelves with magazines and decks its tall white walls with monthly rotating displays of local art from local artists. Farley's welcomes the morning crowd with a menu of stimulating percolators and hearty breakfast bites. A double shot of espresso ($2.50) or a 16-ounce cup of French-press joe awakens sleepy heads. Utensil-wielding hands are directed toward a basket of Farley's baked eggs with Yukon Gold potatoes and prosciutto ($7), or a cool bowl of house-made granola with yogurt ($4.50).
The clatter of pots and the sizzle of bacon still remind Jennifer Walker of her grandparents—both superb cooks who inspired Jennifer to take up the spatula herself. Jennifer follows in her grandparent's footsteps at Cafe Lizzi, where she whips up Cajun-inspired cuisine from fresh, local ingredients. Early in the morning, you can spot Jennifer at the kitchen stove, frying eggs, stirring grits, and peeking into the oven to check on homemade biscuits. Come lunchtime, she turns her attention to grilling tri-tips, sizzling up hot links, and melting macaroni cheese by simply batting her eyes and blowing it a kiss. She doles out generous portions from behind a counter in the cozy seating area, where colorful red, green, and blue walls are speckled with pictures.
After catering for two years, Blackberry Soul Bakery and Cafe finally settled in a brick-and-mortar building, where owner-baker Rene prepares her Southern-influenced cakes, cookies, and savory snacks for visitors. The 2004 winner of the Taste of the Bay award and a requested favorite of the 100 Chefs Can Cook United Negro College fundraiser, Rene applies plaudit-earning skills when mixing fresh butter, real vanilla beans, just-harvested wooden spoons, and a few of her grandmother's recipes to whip up delectable, tooth-ready treats. She specializes in sweet-potato pie, pound cake, oatmeal cookies, and cobblers, though the piping-hot menu also includes cakes, cupcakes, and puddings. Red velvet cake supplies means of satiation for sweet teeth, and two types of cornbread furnish the means of satiation for teeth made out of bread. The café takes custom orders for pickup or delivery, and Rene accommodates customers out and about by supplying treats at many local jazz festivals and community events.
Bottles of Belgian beer, including Duvel and Tripel Karmeliet, sit on a shelf above murals of steins and pink elephants inside Cafe Biere. Between sips of imported brews, patrons can dip into kettles of mussels or bite into the glistening patties of bistro-style burgers, which are made with lamb or beef from nearby Niman Ranch. On weekends, patrons can scarf down farm-fresh eggs or drink 20 flavors of bottomless mimosas freshly milked from champagne-producing cows. The bistro's golden walls mimic the hues of the poached eggs seen next to puddles of rosemary brown butter on plates carried aloft by waiters.