La Sombra perks up tired taste buds with a bevy of beaned beauties alongside an assortment of savory stomach fillers. Caffeine cravers can stock up on cups of brewed coffee, sips of espresso, and slurps of lattes, all of which sport the café's small-batch-roasted beans ($1.25–$4.47). Those craving more solid states of matter can peruse La Sombra's menu of breakfast and lunch edibles, including the breakfast egg sandwich, which comes with your choice of sausage or bacon nestled between the doughy arms of a croissant or english muffin ($3.50), and the tuna-stuffed pita, donning a charming crown of alfalfa sprouts ($6.45). Eaters can also always opt to skip the arduous task of chewing for the audibly pleasurable duty of slurping with the soup of the day ($3.50 for a cup, $4.50 for a bowl).
Included in Rand McNally and USA Today’s annual “Best of the Road” list of top local destinations, Penny Lane Coffeehouse beckons travelers, commuters, and café denizens alike with its organic, fair-trade coffee and other steamy sips. Sleep-fogged cerebellums perk up with java and a dollop of organic cream or milk squeezed from 100% organic milk berries. Yellow-, orange-, and red-toned walls hung with artwork flank a chalkboard menu of liquids free from the viscous grasp of corn syrup. Patrons can absorb the sounds of classic rock, jazz, and old-school hip-hop or retire to the couches of a cozy reading corner with a fully laden bookshelf maintained by a caffeine-fueled book imp.
Tables that can accommodate big groups and cozy, home-cooked meals evoke a sense of camaraderie inside Old School Cafe. Chicken noodle soup, reuben sandwiches, creamy mac and cheese, and biscuits galore populate tables. A giant burger stacked high with bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and lettuce is held together by a steak knife stabbed through its middle. The creative endeavors continue with desserts, including bear-shaped cookies and cupcakes topped with maple bacon or toasted marshmallows.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Just as the name implies, Farmer’s Daughter Bakery and Cafe is family-owned-and-operated, serving up fresh portions of grains, soups, and salads straight from the garden. Every item on the menu is made in-house, and all processed foods are told to take a hike to see if a natural activity will help cleanse their system. Grab a friend or scurvy-plagued 18th-century merchant-sailor and double up lunchtime feasts with a bowl of the daily homemade-soup special coupled with a green salad (a $6 value each).
Inside Cobbler's Cafe's sky-lit dining area, you can still see some of the original bricks from when the building was constructed in 1878. Since that time, it's been a doctor's office, a jewelry store, and a shoe-repair business. From shoe cobblers to baked cobblers, owners Jayme and Kristi Burden have transformed the space into a quaint café that serves coffee, espresso drinks, and organic teas aside breakfast dishes and baked goods. Diners can sink teeth into omelets and breakfast sandwiches loaded with bacon and cheese or pick up fresh-baked muffins and scones.