Fill your mug, and then your mug, with the dark-liquid magic of Blue Bean Coffee Company's 100% arabica beans, chosen from the top one percent of the world's coffee crops. Patrons exhausted from a night of dream-clogging can kick-start their morning with traditional gourmet coffee ($1.45 for 12 oz.), a café latte ($2.40 for 12 oz.), a cup of hot tea ($1.55 for 12 oz.), or the fan-favorite raspberry mocha ($2.95 for 12 oz.). Ask Blue Bean's friendly baristas about the monthly featured drinks or some of the other hot beverages and cold concoctions, such as frappes and smoothies, on tap for tongues and taste buds. Beyond superior sips, Blue Bean Coffee also offers up vegan cookies and signature scones, as well as bags of take-home coffee.
This European-American bistro serves up a miscellaneous menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner delights, including many vegetarian options. Let a dashing Italian panini served on grilled ciabatta bread with provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and a side of pasta salad ($7.48–$8.49) sweep your mouth off its chin-feet. If you prefer pre-flattened sandwiches, try a grilled croissant sandwich served with pasta salad ($7.49–$7.99), a wrap with avocado ($8.99), or a spicy New Orleans–style po' boy served with red-potato salad or cubed fries ($8.99). The menu also includes a variety of gourmet salads ($4.49–$8.99) and soup ($3.49) that can be enjoyed separately or as part of a half-and-half combo meal ($7.49–$8.49).
Beatnix Café’s reality-forcefield device keeps it locked in this world, so you don’t have to listen to Susan B. Anthony while perusing the menu. For morning sustenance, Beatnix features the Daddy O French Toast with your choice of bread base ($2.98 for two slices). During lunch, the Groovy Grilled Chicken Sandwich stands tall with toasted wheat bread, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion with mayo or your choice of dressing ($5.89). All salads start with a base of fresh organic spring mix, baby spinach, and red-leaf lettuce combined with freshly grated carrots and red cabbage (starting at $5.49), and soups are made from scratch ($3.49 for an 8-ounce cup).
In Paciugo Gelato & Caffè, you quickly find yourself right in the middle of Italy. Dark, rich espresso pours into cups, and a display case reveals velvety gelato flavors, each handmade onsite from fresh ingredients and amid fresh oxygen. The vision for this sweet alcove comes from founder Cristiana Ginatta, an Italian native who fell in love with her grandfather’s handmade gelato at a young age. Cristiana grew up in Italy, where she also attended culinary school with an emphasis on gelato making. In the late '90s, Cristiana and her family moved to Dallas, Texas, and she opened the first Paciugo Gelato & Caffè. The business has now expanded into dozens of locations across North America, each one filled with coffee, frappes, and gelato cones in more than 150 flavors.