Though framed pictures of the starlet decorate Marilyn Monroe Cafe, its proprietors maintain that their chic coffeehouse is not a shrine to the Hollywood actress. Rather, they feel it’s the kind of place Marilyn would feel comfortable in as a modern, style-loving gal. To accomplish this vibe, they outfitted their elegant, bright white interior with plush crescent booths, stylish lighting fixtures, and sleek glass dividers that house translucent television screens. The space’s warmth complements the equally warm aroma of specialty coffee drinks, such as crème brulee and red velvet lattes. Baristas handcraft these and other beverages with certified organic and fair trade coffee from Central America, Indonesia, and Northern Africa.
The drinks, in turn, complement the cafe’s eclectic menu, which runs the gamut from organic oatmeal to cilantro quinoa salads. Marilyn Monroe Cafe also stocks plenty of dessert options, including white chocolate cranberry biscotti and tuxedo tortes, which can double as formalwear for underdressed gingerbread men.
Endorsed by a team of professional athletes?including two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash?Liquid Nutrition satisfies competitors and common folk alike with an array of tasty, nutritionally balanced drinks. They whip up juices such as the Slam Dunk, a pairing of carrot and orange that?s mixed in a hollowed-out basketball. The Rise n' Shine makes mornings a little easier through a meal-replacing blend of vanilla almond milk, banana, strawberry, gluten-free granola, and honey, and wheatgrass shots offer quick energy boosts whenever you need them most.
The Tea Room opens its doors at midday and welcomes tea-takers with pots of hot, aromatic teas, tiny sandwiches, and dainty pastries all made from scratch. Afternoon tea packages bundle together sweet treats such as scones, Devon cream, and preserves, or savory platters of smoked salmon. Of course, tea time would be meaningless without the tea itself, and choosing from the huge variety of available loose-leaf options might prove to be the afternoon's most difficult challenge.
Cuisine Type: Specialty Coffee
Reservations: Not offered
Number of Tables: 1?5
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Espresso-based drinks
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
Coffee has always been my passion and I want to share that with people in the community.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
No frills: we do the classics really well and don't hide behind novelties.
The heady scents of Mediterranean food wafting from inside the Oasis Cafe & Juice Bar give away but a smidgeon of the many dishes that await within. Rich spices give personality to chicken shawarma, marinated beef, and falafel, each served alongside pita and hummus. And entrees such as the kafta skewers—ground beef mixed with parsley, onion, and spices—come with tangy tabouli salad and potatoes or rice, each one its own hearty meal.
That doesn't mean the savory items get all the attention here. The restaurant's juice cocktails combine fruit, ice cream, and nuts into treats that look as good as they taste. Cousins of milkshakes and parfaits, the tall glasses layer nectars and sliced fruit beneath a crown of whipped cream and nuts to be sipped by straw. Continuing on that sweet trend, the eatery's sheesha offerings infuse molasses tobacco with a variety of flavors, including mint and peach.
Delicious, exotic flavors describe more than just the food and beverages at 55 Café. A selection of sheeshas—flavored hookah tobaccos—marinated with flavours like double apple and mixed fruit juices share menu space with veggie wraps, chicken shawarma, and shish kebabs. Guests can have a seat in a padded chair and curb their hunger with a plate of falafel and fries before capping their meal with a hookah session to practice blowing smoke rings, considered the most romantic jewelry to gift someone.