The bean blazers at Boulder Coffee Company flame-roast their coffee before brewing signature coffees and espressos. Sink into a comfy couch or float lazily on the aromatic wafts of fresh coffee while sipping on the caramel macchiato, a vanilla latte topped with caramel sauce, or a spiced chai. An artful atmosphere beckons the caffeinated critic with walls lined with paintings and negative space for seeing what's going on outside. Boulder Coffee Company’s open-mic night allows anyone to sign up to deliver comedy or perform espresso spit takes; check the calendar for an idea of upcoming acts.
On Valentine’s Day, 2012, Mattie’s Restaurant & Bakery first opened its doors to the public, supplying visitors with authentic international recipes and comforting soul food made by a team of five chefs. From its cozy, wood-paneled location in the historic Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, Mattie’s kitchen singles out a different world cuisine six nights a week: Tuesday night means Italian recipes, Wednesday night is Caribbean night, and Sunday is vegetarian night, honoring the cuisine of the legendary Vegetaria. Customers can also place catering orders, sustaining get-togethers of any type with platters of hearty entrees as well as assortments of cookies and desserts, such as chocolate-truffle cheesecake and bread pudding.
Melon Bean Eatery offers a menu full of salads, sandwiches, and java-injected beverages, plus a neatly delineated space in which families can bond at the same table or thrive in age-specific restaurant nooks. Kids hoping to fuel up on healthy fare before returning to their dissertation on primitive recursive arithmetic can grab a tuna, turkey, or ham crustless sandwich (each $4) from the kids' menu. Parents, meanwhile, can nosh on items as diverse as the hummus-pepper wrap ($6.75), replete with roasted red peppers and pepper-jack cheese; the sliced-turkey-and-spinach-stacked Jenna panini ($5.85); or the Vidalia-dressed, feta-dotted spinach salad ($7.99). Light breakfast fare is also available, with coffee curated by Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, a local bringer of bean bliss.