Cute, brightly lit and run by a local husband-and-wife team, Epicure Café at East Falls answers East Falls residents’ need for a casual, low-key spot to grab a coffee or a bite. Open for breakfast and lunch every day and into the evenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday, Epicure serves up everything from a simple bagel and lox to omelets, salads, chili and paninis. When it comes to burgers, patrons can opt for a traditional sirloin version, a turkey one (topped with spinach, tomatoes and cranberry-horseradish dressing) or the Woodstock burger, a veggie patty created by co-owner Arlene Leschak with mushrooms, barley, oats and sunflower seeds.
Science has proven that the sense of smell is closely connected to both memory and cookie desire. Sniff your way to memorably tasty baked goods with today’s Groupon to Sugar & Spice Bakeshop. For $5, you’ll get $10 worth of muffins, croissants, cookies, cupcakes, and sandwiches. The vibrant red walls and colorful wall art beckon even the noseless to sit atop a tall chair at the serpentine counter or cozy up with a friend on the red sofa.
Inside a historic warehouse lies East Falls Fitness, a 10,000-square-foot facility that features three fitness rooms, rows of cardio and strength equipment, and full-service locker rooms with showers and saunas. The gym’s high ceilings hover above such back-to-basics exercise apparatus as stationary bicycles, pull-up bars, weight racks, and personal cheerleading squads. Group fitness programs strengthen bodies and social ties in spin classes, yoga classes, and Latin-inspired Zumba classes. The certified trainers get members off to a running start with a free health assessment before leading them through a high-intensity regimen tailored to their individual workout goals. Post-workout, members can wipe their brows with complimentary towels, visit the smoothie bar for a fruity blend, coffee, or snack, and impress passersby outside by pulling out of free parking spaces.
Cheerful light-orange and robin’s-egg-blue walls greet customers at the High Point Café, a cute espresso bar and pastry shop serving crepes and baked goods to West Mount Airy patrons. Sit at one of its handful of tables to dig into a rotating collection of savory crêpes, which might include anything from ham, cheese and spinach to turkey and caramelized onions. Sweeter-sized versions tackle chocolate sauce, lemon zest and endless sprinkles of powdered sugar. Popular pastry options include brioche breads and dense scones, though customers often opt for a slice of quiche, all of which can be enjoyed beneath the original artworks hanging on those brightly colored walls.
Like finding the right college, spouse, or shade of nude pantyhose, the process of building your own burrito can be a difficult one. Machismo Burrito Bar helps create rapturous wrapped creations with a big buffet of scrumptious Southwestern fare. Start by choosing from a selection of flavor-imbued tortilla sheathes, such as jalapeño cheddar, wheat, or spinach, before piling on saffron rice, pinto beans, and any other warm ingredient offered at this smorgasbord of savory stuffings. Burrito architects can then adorn mouthwatering masterpieces with delicious decorum to sate spouting saliva fonts, including green peppers, jack-cheddar cheese, and limes. Machismo also provides Boca crumbles, a sour-cream alternative, and vegan cheese for nondairy noshes. Finally, strengthen swaddled suppers with an array of intense hot sauces to deliciously detonate mouth mines.