Espresso Café slakes stomach suspirations with a menu stocked with sandwiches and salads, while also energizing customers with an assortment of espressos and tasty coffee drinks. Stop in to rev up before performing a root canal on yourself with a 16 oz. white mocha ($3.85), or annihilate hunger with a spicy ham panini, a flavor bomb of ham and provolone dressed with spicy southwest mayo and mouth-delivered on squaw bread ($6.97). Espresso Café sources its coffee beans from Top Dog Coffee Bar in Morro Bay, while its breads are baked into starchy existence at the Bakersfield location of Great Harvest Bread Company. Students from nearby Bakersfield College can pontificate on the fresh eats and drinks while using the café's free WiFi to research the history of presidential skateboarding.
Inspired by his mother's cooking, Fabious Worthy and his wife Elvira maintain a meaty menu of authentic Southern comfort food slathered with tangy barbecue sauce. A straight-up single-meat dinner lets you choose from 10 different meats that range from pork spare ribs to smoked tri-tip to cornbread-battered catfish ($11.25). The heartier Elvira combo treats dining duos and mismatched buddy cops to a taste tour of five different meats ($20.25). All dinners come with a roll and two sides, so pair baked beans with candied yams or test whether dirty rice sticks to ceiling fans better than macaroni salad. Time-crunched office escapees can zip in for Fabious' Corner Best BBQ’s lunch two-meat combo—a two-meat sandwich, 4-ounce side, and a 24-ounce drink ($8.99)—before hurrying back to put out that stapler fire. For dessert, adhere to tradition with a slice of red-velvet cake or try a contemporary twist with Coca-Cola and 7-Up cakes ($3.25 each).
Before Heidi's Brooklyn Deli grew to more than 35 locations spanning several states, it was called "Heidi's Bagels and Ice Cream," and there were only a few different kinds of sandwiches. The shop's founders, Steve and Heidi Naples, had moved to Colorado from Brooklyn and opened the shop after finding few spots serving the authentic New York-style deli sandwiches they had grown to love. When Steve decided to quit his steady day job and devote his full time to the new Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, the shop grew to offer 35 deli sandwiches alongside 32 flavors of ice cream. Today, Heidi's menu ranges from sandwiches with Nova Scotia salmon or chicken salad to genoa salami and prosciutto. Start your day with one of nine fruit-infused smoothies, or try one of Heidi's breakfast entrees, including a veggie sandwich or a bagel.
Though the Waldo family?proprietors of The Grill Hut?specializes in all things barbecue, chicken and tri-trip remain their two points of pride. Before they?re tossed in the smoker, both meats are marinated and seasoned with a secret recipe known only by the Waldos and a spy stuck behind the family?s refrigerator. Next, the meats are piled onto platters and sandwiches such as the Carnivore, a chicken and tri-tip double-header served on Pyrenees sourdough bread grilled with garlic butter. During breakfast, tri-tip even works its way into three-egg omelets alongside cheese, beans, and salsa.
Besides these main meats, the Waldo clan crafts barbecued favorites such as hot-links sandwiches and baby back ribs served atop housemade angel hair pasta. From beans to corn on the cob, The Grill Hut?s seven sides are likewise housemade.
Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion for years. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.79–$8.89), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations. The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($5.09–$8.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe ($5.59–$8.89) carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning. Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$2.29), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon ($2.99).
Family owned and operated since 1971, Caesar's Italian Delicatessen boasts a menu of classic sandwiches and sides and is famous for its pickled tongue, available by the pound ($11.49/lb) or in a handheld version ($5.95) bookended by bread and topped with lettuce and mild peppers. Enjoy namesake nourishment with the Caesar's Special ($5.75), pairing two kinds of salami with ham, mortadella, pepper cheese, lettuce, mild peppers, and sauce until it is fit for a ruler or any eater with a century-bridging hairstyle. For the strong-armed, the Deep-Pit Beef ($5.95) carries beef crowned with barbecue sauce or salsa, while the veggie sandwich ($5.50) combines avocado, tomato, lettuce, peppers, mayo, mustard, and provolone into a palate-pleasing product. Sides of marinated navy beans ($2.09/lb), a baked potato ($2.59/lb), and orzo pasta salad ($4.99/lb) play nice with main dishes despite secret ambitions of stardom. Feed a party of five or another television cast with a party platter ($15 for five servings) encompassing a tour of four meats and four cheeses with pit stops for olives, pickles, peppers, and bread.