Although Barista Cafe has been making headlines with its scantily clad servers—women dressed in bikini-like ensembles—the menu's fresh, healthful cuisine remains the backbone of the business. Instead of frying or dipping ingredients in a natural lake of frosting, the café’s cooks fold them into nutritious meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Jump Start, a smorgasbord of eggs, ham, bacon, green chilies, pepper jack cheese, and salsa, gets mornings underway when paired with a steaming cup of coffee. For later meals, efficient service and to-go options ensure ample time to devour salads, sandwiches, and wraps, such as the Hawaiian Tropic, which is stuffed with grilled chicken, pineapple, and a housemade soy-dijon sauce.
Unlike filling up cars with mashed-up dinosaurs, filling up your body with Sola coffee serves both the customer and the common interest. A local roastery supplies and spills the beans that are ground into each made-to-order coffee ($1.50–$2) or latte ($3–$4). If you're devil-and-angeling between the organic agave latte ($3.50–$4) or the locally sourced masala chai ($2.50–$3.50), a wonderful wizard of coffee will help you settle the debate using a wealth of bean-themed knowledge. Pair barista beverages with locally baked pastries ($2.50) and biscottis ($1.50) that make a handy on-the-go snack for haunted locomotive trips to unknown locations.
Spacious, warm interiors welcome gobblers and guzzlers to the locally owned Echo Coffee, where a focused lineup of soups and salads are homespun from fresh, organic ingredients. All the fresh-bread bookends arrive from nearby Simply Bread, and nearly all deli meat is lovingly roasted in house by a group of celebrity comedians. Nosh tasty cold cuts with fare such as the turkey and brie topped with mixed greens and light basil mayo ($8), or the chilled veg wrap, stuffed with Napa cabbage, hummus, shredded carrots, tomato, and cucumber dip, neighbored by a mini yogurt dip ($7.50). Warm icy tongues with hot 'wiches such as the pressed Cuban ($9), a sizzling permutation of roasted pork, ham, and swiss cheese decked with fixings on a French roll. Leaf lovers can dive into a pile of the Asian chicken salad, its organic, crisp romaine lettuce adorned with a mountain of Napa cabbage, sprouts, cucumbers, carrots, and peanuts furbished with peanut-coconut dressing ($8.50).
Village Coffee Roastery was founded by a chemist, which goes a long way in explaining the café’s scientific approach to brewing the perfect batch of beans. An onsite roaster does most of the heavy lifting, infusing the shop with rich aromas in the process.
China Mist Brands has been blending award-winning iced and hot teas since 1982 from our plant in Scottsdale, AZ. Our teas are flavorful and full-bodied to keep your thirst quenched and you body feeling refreshed and vitalized. Organic, Fair Trade, Kosher, & Halal selections. Come by for a free sample! Open M-F, 8a-5pm.