At Southern Brews Coffee, baristas concoct hot and icy espresso favorites to combine with locally sourced bites of baked goods, sandwiches, and frozen treats. The business makes it a point to remain a cornerstone of the Johns Island community, by learning the names and secret superhero identities of each customer and hosting events that dole out proceeds to local charities. Inside the café, they continue the philanthropic theme by offering free WiFi to patrons as they sip freshly roasted brews, including cappuccinos, mochas, or the Nobel Prize latte, which is infused with english toffee, french vanilla, and milk. Outdoor seating beckons visitors during warmer months, and a drive-thru window distributes pick-me-ups as early as 6 a.m. on weekdays.
Now under new ownership, Cibo's Bistro & Pizzeria has rounded out its multi-tiered menu of baked pasta dishes, inventive pizza recipes, and hearty deli sandwiches with several new dishes. That selection of food presents cheesesteak and meatball sandwiches, which are more sensible than vegetable-ball sandwiches stuffed with disconcertingly spherical carrots. In addition to baked ziti and spicy chicken alfredo, the kitchen team prepares pizzas with a range of different sauces, including ricotta, pesto, barbecue, and garlic oil.
Angie Bellinger’s rolodex of recipes is culled from a long line of dishes created by her family members. Her Southern comfort food includes fried chicken, barbecue ribs, meatloaf, and pork chops. Proteins pair with such sides as creamy bowls of macaroni and cheese and golden chalices filled with lima beans.
Well-versed in the world of Indian cuisine, Bollywood Cafe's chefs prepare rich, creamy Punjabi-style curries and chaat—small, savory snacks sold on the streets of Bombay—with equal skill. They simmer nine vegetables with spices to make navratan korma and griddle succulent slices of lamb for biryani. Servers arrange these dishes on tables draped with white linens, pairing meals with cold drinks and desserts such as mango ice cream.
As a popular saying goes, “To drink is human; to drink coffee is divine.” Summerbrook Community Church has apparently taken this adage to heart, as the local ministry pours steamy, caffeinated beverages at its own café, Center Point Coffee. Bowlegged stools sidle up to the espresso bar at this friendly meeting place where baristas bustle about under the orange-hued light cast by hanging lamps. At intimate tables, guests can chat over cups of the daily brew or pour specialty espresso drinks down their shirts for a quick pick-me-up.
The Galleria Cafe satisfies taste buds with a variety of soups and sandwiches. Build-your-own sandwiches come on a variety of breads, including Rye, pumpernickel, wheat, and more, with a variety of fillings such as roast beef, chicken salad, and turkey. These sandwiches can be paired with a rotating selection of 30 different soups, such as baked potato and crab bisque. The caf? also serves specially coffees, including cappuccinos and espressos, and fresh-fruit smoothies.