Having lived in Ripon for two decades, Jake Parks had a good idea of what his hometown lacked: a warm, welcoming café where friends could sit and converse and commuters could stop in for lunch on the go. He took it upon himself to fill this empty niche, founding his eponymous café and basing its menu around premium drinks and gourmet sandwiches. Today, the first thing one notices when entering Jake’s Coffee, Tea and Sandwiches is the aroma of coffee, which starts brewing at 6 a.m. Jake and his team pride themselves on crafting a wide range of caffeinated drinks, from mochas flavored with Monin syrups to red-eye blends that keep customers awake as they attempt to set the world record for most dictionaries read in one sitting. The shop’s many blends of tea, available hot or iced, pair nicely with freshly baked pastries and a selection of savory wraps and paninis that incorporate the shop’s signature cream-cheese pesto spread.
After Vernon Rudolph acquired a closely guarded doughnut recipe from a New Orleans pastry chef, he couldn't keep the secret to himself. He opened up shop in 1937 to share the yeast-raised delectables with the world, thus marking the birth of Krispy Kreme.
Today, step into any Krispy Kreme shop and you can see the doughnuts progress on their journey from formless dough to circular confection. The entire process plays out through plate glass windows: the raw dough is shaped into disks, the disks rise in a heated oven, the plumped doughnuts then drop into the fryer where a conveyor belt speeds them along their journey. After cooling on the belt, the original doughnuts pass through a ribbon of glaze. Like a doughnut-shaped bat signal, a neon sign lights up the sky to announce the emergence of fresh, hot Krispy Kremes.
A movie-theater marquee beckons passersby to Empresso Coffeehouse. Bistro tables are scattered on the sidewalk where perhaps a ticket booth once stood. Inside, the cafe takes on the air of a lobby, but with a ceiling circled by neon uplighting and a concession-style stand where customers place their orders.
Here, coffee is the featured event, and cups of joe are brewed in one of three ways: drip, pour-over, or french press. For espressos drinks spiked with caramel or cinnamon, the baristas create artful images in the foam—of a heart, perhaps, or a leaf, or a rabbit giving a bald man bunny ears. They offer solid sustenance as well, in the form of made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, house-made pastries, and pizzas on ciabatta bread.
Mocha Magic has served up locally roasted coffee and homemade café fare in a sun-bathed modern space since 1994. Behind the café counter, sandwich makers layer sourdough and croissant with honey baked ham, smoked turkey, and fresh produce accompaniments. At breakfast, patrons can jumpstart the day with freshly baked scones and muffins, but are discouraged from jumpstarting a car by pouring espresso drinks directly into the gas tank.
Outside the diner, it?s almost like nothing has changed since the establishment opened in 1944. An oversize steel-and-neon sign advertises Hollywood Cafe to passing motorists, though the hot rods often parked in the lot might also make it hard not to stop in. Inside, a '50s vibe permeates everything with fun nostalgia, from the red-vinyl swirl stools to the Coca-Cola sign from a long-gone era. But the food is its own animal, a mix between 20th-century diner staples and brand-new creations. The meat lover?s omelet stuffs an eggy exterior with ingredients including ham, bacon, and sausage, and the grilled-cheese teriyaki-pineapple burger comes with a choice of beef, turkey, or vegan patty. A gluten-free menu offers even more options, and housemade pies and cakes encourage you to leave a little extra room each time you dine.
Along with its namesake fresh-made boba used to make bubble tea, Boba Stop serves up a selection of coffee and espresso drinks. They also offer Hawaiian shave ice, drizzled with your choice of flavored syrups?ranging from sour apple to strawberry?which you can enjoy in a cup-cone that is easily transportable. In addition, you can get fresh boba as an add-on to a glass of cool milk tea, or request a barista to slam dunk a shot of espresso into any of the hot or cold coffee drinks on offer.