Buzzbrews Kitchen is not your average coffeehouse. For one, it sees some of its largest crowds in the wee hours of the morning. Two of the shop’s three locations are open around the clock, catering both to late-night carousers and early-morning commuters. Whether you think the morning starts at 9 a.m. or 3 a.m., you’re likely to find something to love on the 24-hour menu, which loosely focuses on traditional breakfast and Mexican fare. Mochas and lattes are popular throughout the day, and burgers are a hit at lunch and dinner. There’s also an impressive selection of wines and beers, which explains why some guests show up with sleeping bags and a desire to never leave.
Like the beloved American diners of yesteryear, Elks Diner retains some classic touches, from the tall pie cooler in the corner to the long counter and casual booths. During mornings that begin at 6:30 a.m., Elks' servers warm mugs with fresh-brewed coffee, as well as plates piled with chicken-fried steak and fluffy three-egg omelets. The vast menu, cooked by a chef with experience in five-star restaurants in Chicago and Beverly Hills, also includes panini, hamburgers, and albacore-tuna melts, rounded out by slabs of a chef's selection of house-made pies.
Bacon-covered burgers, chili-cheese-soaked fries, turkey-stacked sandwiches, syrup-slathered pancakes, and meat-melded comfort food dance across the pages of Norma's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Welcome the sun back to its rightful place atop the sky's throne with a three-egg Spanish omelet (with onions, bell peppers, cheese, and salsa; $5.50). Or ease into the evening with chicken-fried steak ($6.95), which is "as big as the plate it’s served on, and with a good, crunchy crust," according to D magazine. But Norma's real forte is her thick slices of mile-high cream or fruit pie; some say they're the best this side of the Mason-Dixon Line (there is one better pie directly on the Mason-Dixon line, but it's covered with bees).
Deb and Steve’s Cafe boasts a menu full of multicultural twists on Americana favorites and a comfy family-friendly environment. Shareable starters include the four-tiered appetizer combo with fried shrimp, onion rings, mini burgers, and chicken fingers, and entrees such as the customizable Texas-chili burger—made with prime Nolan Ryan beef—or veggie-friendly portobello burger save families the trouble of cooking dinner or paying the government to air-drop them lunch. Steve’s famous chicken-salad sandwich silently speaks to poultry prophets, and the new york strip steak arrives with potatoes and veggies, anxious to be devoured and washed down with a fountain drink.
Instead of a crystal chandelier, Cowtown Diner's owners opted to install a light fixture fashioned from antlers to reflect their restaurant's rustic atmosphere. Inside the dining area brown leather booths line the exposed brick walls bedecked with colorful artwork and the occasional cowboy hat. The outdoor patio features umbrella topped tables where patrons dig into chicken fried steak, Belgian waffles, and scrambled eggs.