Both a quick pit-stop for grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry and a respite for sitting down for lunch and lingering a while, Hearthstone Express functions as a coffee shop and bistro. The cooks usher in the day with breakfast, scrambling eggs and tucking them into buttery croissants with spinach-artichoke spread and crispy bacon. Meanwhile, the bakers whip up pastries such as danishes, scones, and bagels to complement cups of coffee. For lunch, the cooks move on to gourmet sandwiches and paninis; best-sellers include Alicia's club?turkey, avocado spread, mozzarella, and honey dijon on a croissant?and the turkey artichoke panini, topped with spinach-artichoke spread. But the staff is open to customers' own creations as well, making Build Your Own sandwiches. Diners can pick their meat, bread, cheese, veggies, and dressings, and name it anything they want, such as Janet.
Hearty American drive-in fare fills the menu at Frank’s Hog Stand, a motorcycle-themed eatery that serves sit-down diners as well as riders on the go. Twosomes can dig into The Chopper philly-cheesesteak sandwich, which nestles succulent beef beneath monterey cheese, grilled onions, and bell peppers ($6.99), or The Dirty Frank, which smothers a hoagie-roll-ensconced hot dog in chili, cheese, and relish, creating a trifecta of taste. A lineup of 100% Angus-beef burgers assumes a range of personalities, from the friendly third-pound A Hand Full to the bombastic 1-pound The Heavy Throttle, each paired with one side, such as french fries, coleslaw, or baked beans. A shared dessert such as a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry milk shake washes down meaty remnants, or mouths can garble the national anthem as they wrap around an all-American slice of apple pie baked to crispy perfection.
The baristas at Copalli Cafe won't write your name on a coffee cup?they'd rather get to know you by engaging in friendly conversation as they fix you one of their premium coffee drinks or serve you a healthy bite from the kitchen. Everything about the locally-owned cafe is set up to make guests feel at home: tables and comfy seats are sprinkled throughout, and the baked goods?brownies, pastries, coffee cakes?are all baked fresh in house. The same emphasis on freshness and quality applies to the rest of the menu, from the homemade loaded potato soup, to the house-specialty chicken salad to the caprese paninis. The emphasis on community, meanwhile, is further expressed through live music nights and the cafe's policy of welcoming groups for book club meetings and baby showers. They also offer catering services for small events.
Courtyard Cafe’s owners closed the eatery’s doors in 2008 for good, or so they thought; the café’s loyal fan base begged to differ. In response to the clamor for their cuisine, they reopened and expanded their hours and seating to include indoor and outdoor dining. Their menus span breakfast and lunch and heavily feature sandwiches, omelets, waffles, and wraps. The staff also opens their space to customers after-hours for catered parties and events. Courtyard Cafe’s interior features unassuming decor reminiscent of a home; ceiling fans whir above wood wainscoting, and plates sit atop cabinets with grandeur, the way Neil Armstrong kept moon rocks on the dashboard of the Apollo Lunar Module.
When imagining a tropical island, one seldom pictures a mound of ice, but the frozen treats at Bahama Buck's marry the idea of hot and cold into tropical flavored, shaved ice treats. Fruits of every variety lend their sugary syrups to flavoring each cup-full of fluffy, icy treat. Others borrow flavors from traditional desserts, such as birthday cake or cr?me br?l?e. The shop occasionally offers their frozen snacks imbued with truly wild flavor experiments, such as their super sour line of flavors or the seldom-seen pickle Sno cup.
The lounge-like atmosphere of Amore Cafe invites visitors to sit back on one of the many couches that dot the interior, puff on a hookah, and enjoy Mediterranean-style cuisine from the kitchen. The menu starts off with platters of smoky, char-grilled baba ghannouj and leads to tender, skewered meats. Pairs can share hookahs, inhaling on smooth flavors such as coconut, exotic vanilla, and whatever that one talking caterpillar smokes.