The Brown Barn Café is homey inside and out, from its wooden walls and house-life façade to its open kitchen filled with family recipes. Owners Bryant Belknap and John Costello, friends for more than 35 years, make foods they know and love, including Jack's lemonade—a recipe John Costello's son Jack devised when he was 10 years old. The internationally influenced menu also includes samosa pies and Vietnamese-style coffee, as well as café favorites such as tuna salad and quiche. And for dessert, the café sources fresh-made treats from Ah! Some Chocolates, which tack a sweet ending onto meals.
Cupcake'm Cafe invites customers to customize their cupcakes by picking a flavor, a filling, and a type of icing. Visitors can create a variety of gourmet flavors including key-lime pie, S'mores Galore, Triple Berry Blast with real berry chunks in the icing, and black forest with shaved chocolate slices and a cherry on top. They can then munch on their massive cupcakes and relax in the cafe or surf the Internet on free WiFi. In addition to its namesake treat, Cupcake'm Cafe also serves sandwiches, bagels, and muffins.
A world of cuisines opens up before diners at Bonu Cafe. That's not an overstatement?the menu ranges from Mediterranean gyros and falafel to Mexican burritos and quesadillas. Or take your pick from barbecue burgers and french toast sandwiches to buffalo chicken wraps and hot ham and swiss sandwiches. If there is one thing to focus on, though, it's the restaurant's trademark dish: the kolach. This Czech pastry is traditionally stuffed with candied fruit, and at Bonu, they expand on those fillings and make egg and cheese, pepperoni pizza, and vegetarian versions as well.
Rice N Beans serves up traditional flavors of Latin America in a casual dining environment. Those flavors are seared into dishes such as quesadillas, empanadas, and arroz chaufas. Taste combinations are completed by sides such as plantains, guacamole, and fried yuca. They also offer vegetarian dishes such as tacos with rice and beans, chimichangas, and burritos.
The dough experts at the recently opened Bread Box Bakery & Cafe bake seven types of bread fresh daily for building savory panini sandwiches. Dining duos unhinge lips and hips in a midmeal hula over handheld fare such as the hot hawaiian-chicken panini on ciabatta bread with fresh pineapple, sweet onion, and napa cabbage in a teriyaki glaze. Herbivores might opt for the tomato-basil panini, a focaccia-bread base layered with basil pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Free refills on fountain drinks prevent parchment from remaining dry, and a choice of a french roll, potato chips, or fresh fruit personalizes plate fringes. Paired patrons can sit at the front window's counter, which, according to Susan Gottshall of the Morning Call, "makes a perfect people-watching perch," as diners admire the colorfully tiled walls and use free WiFi to send each other electronic invitations to the next lunch date.