Oceanic blue floors welcome guests who step inside Neptune's Sports Pub, where chefs begin their day as the sun rises. They flip cinnamon french toast atop the griddle and tuck fresh crab meat into cheesy omelets. But that's just breakfast. By lunchtime, the kitchen is bustling as they fry beer-battered fish and sprinkle Cajun spices and bleu cheese crumbles over Angus burgers. More than a dozen sandwiches are featured on the menu, with both sea- and land-born fillings. For example, the reuben is made with a choice of corned beef, turkey, or seasoned grilled fish. Plenty of TVs cover the walls, enabling guests unobstructed views of pro football, basketball, and hot-potato games. A pool table offers even more entertainment as guests share platters of fried pickles and coconut shrimp nearby.
Sweet Marlays' Coffee takes its moniker from the middle name that owner Tammy Kozinski shares with her four daughters and granddaughter. Visitors find members of the family hard at work behind the counter, brewing up coffee from hand-selected beans and baking delicious pastries and desserts. Guests sip coffee drinks spiked with Ghirardelli chocolate and butter pecan, or Irish cream and English toffee, pairing cups with homemade pastries, desserts, bagels, turkey-pesto paninis, and flaky-crust spinach pies.
The newly opened Riverside Cafe specializes in home-cooked meals served for breakfast and lunch. Its oceanic-themed menu features such dishes as the Drunken Sailor?battered, blackened, or broiled fish fillet?the Seagull Strip sandwich made of breaded chicken strips, and sand dollar pancakes. This watery theme carries over into the dining room, where fisherman's nets adorn the walls and everyone leaves with a slightly gruffer voice.
Cafe Heavenly welcomes guests into a world of gourmet seafood bisques and crab cakes, tangy gorgonzola salads, and savory flatbreads, surrounded by the appetizing scent of toasted subs and paninis. The bill of fare comes alive with classic northeastern seafood fare, such as the award-winning New England–style clam chowder or the buttery, whole-crustacean lobster rolls—born from the restaurateur's multiple trips to Maine and annual productions of Our Town. The brick-and-mortar location's seaside position and umbrella-shaded outdoor seating beckon to passersby with its laid-back bistro charm, whereas a food truck takes the mantra of tropical fruit smoothies and housemade lobster rolls to the streets.
Steeping each of its locations in colonial Boston-style interior design, Boston Coffeehouse serves a modern slew of specialty drinks, deli-fresh fare, and all-day breakfast items. For starters, munch on mango salsa salad, a leafy medley of mango salsa, dried cranberries, almonds, onions, and cucumbers slathered with mandarin ginger dressing ($5.89). Tender rotisserie chicken—served with baby arugula greens, red onions, and sun-dried tomato mayo on a pretzel bun—mollycoddles midday masticators ($6.50), and a french toast breakfast panini eases groggy taste buds awake after a long night or an afternoon nap with fresh egg, cheese, and ham sandwiched between slices of french toast ($3.50). Pair your choice of various Danish pastries, muffins, or croissants ($1.75) with a 12-ounce espresso ($1) or a specialty drink such as the Yankeedoodle, a mocha-based coffee concoction that features caramel, hazelnut, and macaroni feathers ($2.75/12-ounce), or the Nutty Irish Lady, which starts with espresso and expands into a whipped cream-topped comfort drink with flavors of cherry, Irish crème, and hazelnut ($2.75/12-ounce).