Though its name evokes Italian cuisine, Cafe Romano supplements its Italian bites with American diner classics. Old-country entrees such as frittatas or a dish of eggs, red bliss potatoes, and meat share space on the breakfast menu with American-style hash browns and eggs. At lunch, diners can dig into housemade lasagna or pastrami sandwiches.
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.
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.
The Duck & Bunny offers a menu of savories, delicacies, and comforting treats inside an ornately decorated snuggery, with chandeliers, fine drapes and curtains, and a fireplace whose mantle makes a home for the self-portrait of a handsome bunny. Maxi-sized gourmet cupcakes are freshly crafted daily in different flavors. Cupcake mouth-fragrances include the chewy, fudgy, and sweetly shocking brownie mint surprise, the carrot cupcake, which tops a moist, rabbit bait-flavored mini cake with cream-cheese frosting, and the peanut-butter chocolate truffle, a sweet mountain of chocolate ganache, peanut butter, and chocolate-swirl frosting.
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.
At Fruitzzy, customers create their own icy treats using as many flavors of frozen yogurt and toppings as they can fit into a cup. The shop rotates its approximately 80 yogurt flavors on a daily basis and stocks more than 40 edible adornments, including fruits, candies, and nuts. To appease as a wide a customer base as possible, the treat haven offers only certified gluten-free flavors and a range of nonfat options. In addition to free WiFi, Fruitzzy offers complimentary valet parking on Fridays and Saturdays, bypassing the need to find a spot or replace the ejector seat before going in.