Serving up an extensive menu of breakfast bites and deli fare, Coffee Pot Bistro resets clanging tummy clocks, and the café’s specialty coffee drinks provide flavorful caffeine kicks. Ante-meridiem munchers can jump-start their days with light breakfast options, such as eggs and toast ($3), or cram face crevasses with a croissant, such as the herbivore-friendly garden variety, with eggs, feta cheese, guacamole, and assorted veggies ($8). Various melts and sandwiches include Nana's chicken-salad sandwich topped with spinach, cranberries, and walnuts ($7) for a hearty meal free of Grandma’s relentless pyramid-scheme sales pitches. Coffee Pot Bistro also boasts a vast menu of specialty drinks that can be served hot, iced, or blended, such as the Laughalatté, with milk-chocolate and macadamia-nut flavors, or the white ghost, with essences of white chocolate, pistachio, and ectoplasm.
Cornucopias are said to have endless supplies of nourishment. With their store of the same name, Dave and Dan Davis have created a health-minded shop where the entire neighborhood can stock up on wholesome goods. Upon its shelves, San Marcos? Cornucopia keeps vitamins and herbs, nutritional supplements, and healthy foods, including health bars, fresh juices, and organic produce. But the shop also carries niche items, such as pet supplies for dogs who simply refuse anything that isn?t natural or at least wrapped in ham.
The Motley Menagerie’s hundred-year-old historic building brims with the burble of conversation fueled by full tea service and a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts. Cheery duos gather for the Motley Teaser meal over the tile-mosaic tables of the colorful tearoom, or cluster outside on a patio in the shade of pecan trees. Bowls of soup brimming with a choice of vegetables; tomato and basil; poblano chicken; or broccoli and cheese provide the warming comfort of a teddy-bear bonfire. Egg salad, chicken or tuna stirred with fresh olives, and pimento salad crafted from homemade cheese beg for attention and a starring role on each plate's fresh-lettuce stage.
A cozy restaurant by day and rocking concert venue by night, Cypress Creek Cafe pairs hearty casual American cuisine with jams from some of the Lone Star State's most promising bands. As far as the food goes, you'd be remiss to not try the country-fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, and black-bean tacos packed with cheese, avocado, and pico de gallo. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a homemade seasonal pie or a stack of pancakes during the popular weekend breakfast. Just down the hallway, the Buzzard Bar packs them in on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. The reason? Live blues, country, and rock performances that get the crowd moving.
Within a cozy and colorful cubbyhole, the brew buffs at Sip! on the Square cater to café connoisseurs with a selection of high-quality coffee concoctions and chewable companions. Stimulate synapses sluggish from an early rising or soothe shot nerves after a night spent listening to boogey men grunting from indigestion with drip coffees such as the french roast or organic Sumatra ($1.59,12 oz.). Customers in the mood for more elaborate fare can furnish mouth caves with the thick cream of a milky mocha latte ($2.95,12 oz.) or decadent Ghirardelli chocolate frappé ($3.95,16 oz.). Like compressing Plato’s dialectics into a Bazooka Joe bubblegum comic, the quad espresso crams the vigor of a soda-sipping squirrel into one cup for a huge jolt of jack-in-the-box energy ($2.45).
Head chef Kurt Ramborger harnesses local ingredients and interblends international flavors to fill seasonal menus. Shimmy into supper with an appetizer of Flapper bandits, outlaw chicken wings disguised in the choice of house rub, sweetened jalapeño, or other seasoned sauces and served with tequila-blue dip. The Helen supplies diners with a pair of hearty tacos, black-eyed-pea relish, and chipotle chayote, and Latin flavors invade The Drunkard to kick up wurst and farfalle pasta with roasted yams, Tejas slaw, and a sauce sauteed with Tito's vodka. Tongues sweat over the Viuda's 16-ounce bone-in yak sirloin, a grass-fed cut noted for being lean and juicy, much like a CliffsNotes tabloid. Though corkage fees aren't included with this Groupon, guests can bring their own bottle of wine from their personal collection or their neighbor's unlocked cellar.