Although it can't grant the power of flight or x-ray vision, açaí is still considered something of a super food. The fruit comes directly from the Brazilian rainforest and delivers loads of antioxidants, healthy omegas, and fiber to anyone who consumes it or sticks it into their ears. At Kitanda, açaí is just one of the many organic ingredients featured in a menu of healthy eats. The family-owned shop specializes in a wide range Brazilian snacks and drinks, including gluten-free breads and gourmet coffee brewed from 100-percent Brazilian beans.
The culinary artisans at Pacific Coast pair high-quality ingredients with freshly made sweet and savory recipes. The café menu boasts breakfast all day, serving three-egg omelets with bacon or sausage and toast ($7.95) alongside build-your-own sandwiches, allowing picky eaters to festoon their own comestibles from a range of doughy breads, piquant cheeses, and approval-seeking meats ($7.95). Plop down with a quick indulgence from Pacific Coast’s selection of breads and fresh pastries, and pair a gourmet cupcake ($2.00), specialty brownie ($3.50), or lemon-raspberry muffin ($2.50) with an organic, fair-trade cup of Caffe Vita cappuccino. Pacific Coast’s warm red walls and plush booth seating create an ideal atmosphere for solo relaxation, chatting with groups of friends, or quietly counting down the hours until Earth’s much-anticipated polar switch.
The sunset-orange hues of a neon sign reflect off mirrored walls, the cursive letters spelling out “Crossroads Cafe.” Husband and wife Dana and Cindy Nielson stand beneath, presiding over the restaurant they opened more than two decades ago.
In the rippling-hot air rising from a griddle, cooks grill bacon to top hot dogs and flip quarter-pound beef patties before coating them with housemade thousand-island dressing. Blenders full of malt milk shakes and smoothies purr. Expanses of black-and-white-checkered counters and glittering red chairs give one the pleasant feeling of stepping back into the ‘50s without ever having to see John Wayne cry.
Cafe Bella’s powder-blue and hot-pink storefront and walk-up window seem to disagree with the ultra-classy decor of some other cafés, announcing the establishment, instead, as a café with fewer rules. This laid-back approach manifests itself in the form of both light and dark coffees that steam alongside a menu of scones, muffins, and cookies. Patrons can customize their americanos, lattes, and mochas with their choice of milk, including dairy, hemp, almond, or soy.