A destination for exploration, Whispering Leaves Herb & Sip Shop features an immense inventory of teas, herbs, and spices to add new aromas and flavors to meals and tea time. Certified organic teas such as yerba mate and pu-erh sit side by side with boldly caffeinated teas such as earl grey and english breakfast. Aromatic blends of non-caffeinated tea combine the flavor and scent of fruits and herbs, such as raspberry rose petal and organic ginger. Once visitors have found their chosen tea, they can take the leaves home or have the tea brewed so they can sit in the caf?, sip their steamy beverage, and interpret messages in the fog that forms on their glasses.
Taking to heart the idea that three is a magic number, the owners of Mugshots CoffeeHouse dedicate themselves to a triple bottom-line business model that supports people, profit, and the planet. Organic direct trade beans constitute the whole of the steamy coffee and espresso drinks served by the baristas, and locally raised, earth-friendly foodstuffs comprise each hot sandwich found on the menu. Much of the money generated by the brisk bean trade goes toward charities of both local and international origin. When not welcoming community organizations for meetings or fundraisers, the venue shows off its artsy side with film nights, open mics, and staged readings of VCR instructions.
Philly Pub 'n' Grub envelops its customers in a lively sports bar atmosphere to enjoy a hearty menu of pub fare. The A.L.T. sandwich ($6.95) bridges the gap between slices of wheat bread with avocado, shredded carrots, and hummus, while brick-oven pizzas ($10.50+) allow diners to sample multiple ingredients simultaneously without the burden of growing multiple tongues to taste them individually. The homey ideals of grilled cheese are flipped on their heads with a hefty selection of melty-cheesed breadstacks, including The Mexican Standoff with gooey pepper jack accompanied by grilled chicken and honey-tomato-chipotle sauce ($6.50). Diners can train eyeballs on 16 HD television screens or head to the eatery's large gaming center in spiteful ignorance of their mothers' advice to wait 30 minutes after eating to play pool.
The cooks at Brodo quell rumbling stomachs with fresh soups, sandwiches, and salads made with gourmet ingredients. Patrons choose from at least 10 soups daily—from Mexican meatball soup to Maine lobster bisque—which cooks top with garnishes to each diners’ taste. Sandwiches, baked on sourdough bread, wheatberry, and seeded italian rolls, brim with ingredients such as oven-roasted ham, jumbo lump crab cake, and avocado.
Apricot walls and terra-cotta floors create a warm ambiance inside Kidari Sushi Yatai, an eatery that opened in April of 2013. Behind the sushi bar, chefs prepare small plates of shareable snacks such as yellowtail carpaccio and wasabi pork dumplings. They also fashion fresh seafood into intricate specialty rolls and craft vegetarian rolls such as the veggie dragon roll, with stir-fried corn salad and avocado layered over seaweed-wrapped carrots, cucumber, and more avocado.
The rhythmic sound of a chopping knife behind the counter at Saladworks means that someone has just ordered one of its entree-size signature dishes. Under the customer's watchful eye, the staff preps each bowl of greens to order, slicing veggies and grating fresh cheese every day. These greens get tossed with protein options such as chicken or roasted turkey, and housemade croutons and bacon add a crunchy texture. A white or wheat tortilla can embrace these ingredients for a handheld meal, making for easier eating while driving to work or directing runners to steal third.