On The Grind may be a convenient, unassuming drive-thru, but its coffee is much more complex. Brewed by Third Coast, the shop's customized blend consists of three beans?the mild Norandino from Peru, the smooth Sidama from Ethiopia, and the full-bodied Sumatra from Indonesia. These contrasting flavors make for a dynamic beverage that can be served hot, iced, or blended with indulgent sweets such as coconut, salty caramel, and chocolate macadamia.
The line between latte and work of art is blurry at Fuego Coffee, thanks to a team of baristas who painstakingly swirl foam into hearts, snowflakes, and paisley teardrops. Though their pouring skills are impressive, their work starts long before the coffee finds its way to the cup. The shop sources its beans from organic growers and roasts them locally to ensure consistency and freshness. Only after the baristas grind these beans do they end up in a cappuccino, Cuban espresso, or one of 20 flavored energy drinks.
But these beverages aren't all that makes Fuego Coffee unique. The shop also features two drive-thru lanes for customers who are in a rush and whose gas tanks accept only premium roast. Those who have a minute can take advantage of the shop's dog-friendly policy, which allows leashed pets to sit with their owners.
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.