Whether perching underneath an umbrella on the patio, or admiring the eatery’s display case of freshly crafted treats, visitors at Western City Bagel can bask in the comforting scent of baked goods and deli sandwiches. Unlike firecracker sushi rigged with live pyrotechnics, the shop’s bagel sandwiches are a culinary experiment gone right, making the traditional sandwich even better with stacks of turkey, tomato, albacore tuna, and bacon between two halves of a toasty, chewy bagel. The bagels themselves come in a variety of flavors, such as everything, poppy seed, and sprouted wheat. The shop opens at 6 a.m., filling quickly with steam from an espresso machine as early risers dine on open-face bagel feasts smeared with cream cheese and topped with lox.
Sacks on the Beach serves up fresh breakfast and lunch dishes mere blocks from the Pacific Ocean, inviting diners to savor meals as they smell the ocean breeze. Visitors can lounge on the outdoor patio or inside the cozy café, where they can chew through sandwiches that teem with crisp veggies and fresh cheeses, or simply sip a cup of fragrant coffee.
Tropical fruits and veggies comprise the majority of drinks and dishes at Natureba Juice Bar, a Brazilian juice bar that specializes in blended beverages. In addition to whirling fruits such as guava, coconut, and mango for more than 30 signature smoothies, juice-makers plunder produce stores for custom drinks and açaí bowls. Savory baked specialties include pastries and tapioca crêpes, each stuffed with a choice of cheeses and meats, as well as salads and sandwiches with ingredients such as sundried tomatoes and hearts of palm. The cozy dining room's walls wear neon green and bright orange.
Cupcakes Couture and OneHope Wine are banding together to present themed nights featuring pleasing pairs of sweets and spirits to gratify gourmands and entice taste buds. Cupcakes Couture's squad of chefs, led by owner Jenine Cravatt, plucks fresh, high-end ingredients from local sources to prepare eye- and tongue-astounding cupcakes every morning. OneHope Wine corks high-end concoctions with a charitable edge, donating half of the profits from each varietal to a corresponding cause. Bite-sized baked morsels will each be paired with a complementary wine, teaming lighter fare with whiter wine, richer sweets with full-bodied flavors, and loudmouth cupcakes with wine brewed by cantankerous librarians. Luscious lemon cake conceals a treasure of sweet strawberry preserves beneath strawberry frosting in the strawberry-lemonade cupcake, teamed with the light touch of sauvignon blanc. Chocolate blackout cake absorbs light, time, and errant wristwatches beneath its dark-chocolate truffle frosting when tasted together with the robust bouquet of red zinfandel. Tasteful décor and exciting flavors make these tastings terrific for romantic outings, ladies' nights, and routine sweet-tooth maintenance. You can also spot Cupcakes Couture's creations on Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Lifetime's Seriously Funny Kids (both episodes air tonight).