The anytime meal house originated as a natural-foods grocery in the late '70s, a time when you could still find lettuce that wasn't in a can. Since moving the store to a bright, capacious space with high ceilings and massive windows, owner Mimi Pearson has expanded the shop to included a kitchen and dining room. Stop in for breakfast and enjoy a bowl of organic vanilla yogurt swimming with fresh fruit ($5.95) or a quiche of the day made with free-range eggs and served with pineapple, grapes, and a meat or veggie selection ($5–$5.50). Midday grub includes salads, such as a Greek starring crostini with tapenade ($7 for a large, $5 small) or organic leaf garden salad ($5 large, $4 small). Diners can also expect to find sandwiches, served on bread of choice (black Russian, Vienna white, rye, sunflower, multi-grain wheat, or sourdough). Try the smoked turkey and provolone ($6.25) or veggie-friendly avocado club (smoked mozzarella, red onion, tomato vinaigrette, and avocado, $7.75). Dinner, served every night excluding Sunday, includes the famed burritos made with brown rice, black beans, white cheddar cheese, and your choice of salsa ($11–$13).
In the dawn of 2013, Vicki Harry opened Thanks A Latte in Holly Springs with the help of her husband, their three children, and a family friend. Within the café's cozy interior, baristas pull shots of espresso and brew Larry's Beans coffee. They also concoct specialty drinks such as the Daydream, a latte infused with chocolate, coconut, and almond flavors. Patrons can pair sips with pastries such as blueberry scones or cinnamon rolls, or peruse a gift shop stocked with journals, jewelry, and other items from brands such as RuMe and Natural Life.
Using ingredients grown and made in North Carolina, Stick Boy Bread Co. bakes a bevy of artisan breads, breakfast pastries, and desserts. Soft loaves of bread rise nightly in Stick Boy’s stone ovens, with more than 20 recipes to choose from. Sidle up to the counter and gobble up a sticky bun with walnuts and raisins ($2.40) or a handful of magic cookies, packed with chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, marshmallows, and swallowable keys ($1 each). Bathe overstimulated taste buds in a relaxing, richly brewed jacuzzi of mocha chai ($3.75 for 16 oz.). Stick Boy Bread Co. opens for business at 6 a.m. Monday–Friday and at 7 a.m. Saturday, making it an ideal stop for early risers and nocturnal crime fighters heading home for some shuteye.