At The Edge, sandwiches are served on a bagel, wheat toast, English muffin, or whole-wheat wrap ($4.25–$5.95). Steel yourself for the day with a steaming mugwhallop of Intelligentsia coffee ($1.75), or lunch hard with a vengeance with a chicken-curry-salad sandwich with mango chutney ($7.50 for whole, $5.50 for half) or a spinach salad bombarded with crumbled blue cheese and sunflower seeds ($6). If you've been pinned down by hunger, toss a few upside-down-peach-cupcake and cranberry-scone grenades its way. Baked fresh daily, they boast a full-frontal flavor that will variously coax and bully appetites into submission.
Outfit Dorothy and Toto with a pair of electric guitars and you'd almost have The Classic Cafe's mix of rock 'n' roll and Americana?but you'd still be hungry. Fortunately this '50s-loving diner has that covered. Amid the vinyl albums lining the counter, a couple Fenders, and walls covered with vintage-style posters advertising the movies, cars, and smartphones from decades past is an open kitchen that serves up hearty plates of classic American cuisine. Breakfasts, for instance, stuff diners with biscuits smothered in country gravy, pancakes straight from the griddle, and three-egg omelets full of meats and veggies. And when lunchtime rolls around, the chefs churn out salads and sandwiches, including 8-ounce burgers topped with chili, onion, and jalape?os.
Students and graduates of the Amos Culinary Education (ACE) program show off their food prep prowess at Friendship Cafe, a restaurant run by the nonprofit social services agency Amos House. The chefs here hone essential kitchen techniques as they cook classic egg-and-pancake breakfasts, simmer homemade soups, and stack deli sandwiches. "We designed the menu to offer all-around culinary skills training," manager Robb Desimone told City News. Down-home daily specials, such as pot pies, fish and chips, and meatloaf, allow cooks to build their comfort-food repertoire and diners to feel like they successfully crashed someone else's family dinner.
FroyoWorld fills its self-serve stations with a monthly rotating lineup of 12 yogurt and sorbet flavors, including varieties such as dairy free, no sugar added, and nonfat. A selection of up to 140 toppings include candies, fresh fruit, and drizzles of chocolate and caramel. Between spoonfuls, customers can make use of the free WiFi to check emails and look up holistic brain-freeze cures.
With a variety of foreign and independent talkies, Cable Car Cinema & Cafe entertains all who venture into its newly refurbished interior. Film fanatics can experience Tony Stone's Out Of Our Minds, a 28-minute exploration of mythology, music, and imagery as conceived by musician Melissa Auf der Maur (formerly of Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins). Beijing Taxi is a documentary that explores perceptions of the metamorphic Chinese capital from the points of view of three taxi drivers, and Total Badass portrays Austin's underground scene, counter-culturally interpreted by local deviant Chad Holt.
Meeting Street’s menu is stocked with tasty sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts, all made in-house with organic, locally sourced ingredients. Patrons can launch their eating adventure with a tomato salad served with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette ($8.25) and then sample a wide variety of sandwiches—all of which are made to order with natural, hormone-free meats—such as the brown bear ($13.50), which combines roast Angus beef with ham, turkey, and swiss cheese. Entrees, such as the chicken, rice, and beans platter ($12.95) or the chicken and vegetable plate ($12.95), which features a large helping of marinated chicken breast served with either steamed vegetables or broccoli, continue the culinary tour. Put the lid on the meal with a Meeting Street cookie ($4.50) and escort it down the mouth-pipe with a bottomless cup of coffee ($2.75).