Stir Crazy Cafe outfits its quaint dining room and sun-soaked patio with all the accouterments for a cozy afternoon. Baristas brew steaming cups of Rostov's coffee and Black Hand espresso drinks. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cooks fill the shop with the scent of pastries, wraps, and sandwiches, all of which pair nicely with the selection of wines and beers. Giving guests all the incentive they need to leave room for dessert, they also serve up a collection of fresh pies.
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C Street's façade combines the traditional and the playful, with its neoclassical columns and bold, striped awnings. Jon and Leah Nelson of Richmond.com confirm that this style extends to the food, calling C Street's meals of grilled fontina sandwiches and buttermilk fried chicken breast "unique enough to stand out while still keeping with the familiar." Guests dining on the heated patio start meals with salads of julienned beetroot and seasonal veggies, which lead to duck breast with apple relish and grit cakes. Inside, silky powder-blue curtains and antiqued brass chandeliers bring an old-fashioned sensibility to the 21st century more effectively than a steam-powered cell phone. On Sundays, guests enjoy brunches of belgian waffles and veggie frittatas—a suitably fashionable start to a day of shopping in Carytown.
Falafel, shawarma, and gyro are all popular ingredients at Sweet Olive Mediterranean Grill, but they're not only served on sandwiches or wraps. Like most of the restaurant's ingredients, they're also tossed on the housemade specialty pizzas. One such pie, the Sweet Olive, has red onions, mozzarella cheese, and kalamata olives.
A gathering place for both children and parents, Cartwheels & Coffee sows the seeds of neighborhood camaraderie with its multi-purpose recreational facility. Inside, an enclosed play area entertains children aged six and under with interactive fun, and a separate section keeps babies captivated with age-appropriate toys. Meanwhile, parents can kick back alongside each other in the Wi-Fi-equipped cafe and sip on locally roasted cups of coffee or recharge with other items from the menu. Special events throughout the week provide a change of pace to normal activities, including singing sessions on Mondays and dance classes on Wednesdays.
Whether snuggling onto one of the couches with a mug of coffee, sipping wine on the outdoor patio, or breakfasting in a booth, visitors to Carytown Bistro & Coffee House will find a welcoming space filled with upscale treats. All three meals of the day are available here, as is frequent live entertainment, such as musicians who juggle full cups of espresso. The shop's collection of classic sandwiches features bagels, focaccia bread, and paninis with topping combos that include tomato, pesto, and mozzarella and peanut butter with banana and bacon.