At Brew'ha Coffee House, patrons recline in comfy chairs and leather couches amid walls painted with earth-toned swirls. As they sip on the baristas' drink creations, guests feel their heartbeats pick up with caffeinated espresso concoctions, their body heat cool down with blended fruit smoothies, or their fingers warm up flavored milk steamers. On Monday night, open-mic sessions give coffee beans a chance to read poetry about the highs and lows of being roasted. For an offsite fix, Brew'ha maintains a satellite location at Park View Hospital.
The Electric Brew is a fair-trade-certified coffeehouse serving coffee that is roasted in-house and brewed fresh daily, along with fresh baked goods and tasty lunch fare. The menu gets a steamy start with five daily varieties of whole-bean gourmet-brewed coffee ($1.49–$1.69), as well as a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks such as hot tea ($1.49) and hot chai tea ($3.04–$3.64). Kids can warm their mini-organs with a kid-sized hot cocoa ($0.75), which is a mildly warm, yet equally scrumptious version of the original ($2.38-$2.80). The menu of caffeine-complementing cuisine includes soups, salads, and sandwiches that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, rotate daily. Rib stickers such as chicken barley soup ($3.25–$4.25), Santa Fe black-bean salad ($5.15), and chicken salad on brew bread ($3.75–$5.95) have all appeared recently. Other menu munchies include handmade baked goods such as coffeecakes, streusels, muffins, brownies, and homemade cinnamon rolls.
After spending his childhood absorbing the finer points of pie forging from his father, Darren "DC" Cornell ventured forth on his own to build a reputation preparing pizzas with homemade sauces, never-frozen pepperoni, and fresh, top-shelf ingredients. The pizza baron and his crew melt a signature four-cheese blend over hand-tossed, thin-crust, and Chicago-style pies, christening each discus with patriotic names that celebrate institutions of the United States and laws that allow setting off fireworks indoors. Toppings such as real italian sausage, smoked meats, imported capicola ham, and fresh veggies join with a mélange of sauces and creamy cheeses to grace savory pies and calzones. Hearty sub sandwiches, light wraps, crispy salads, and classic Italian favorites leave diners as satisfied as a snowman swimming in the Arctic.
Joanna’s Dealicious Treats crafts savory American breakfasts and lunches and fosters a cozy, community atmosphere. Guests take the creative lead in selecting sandwich components from a choice of breads, cheeses, and meats. Soups thaw insides during the fall or winter, and freshly baked sweets such as cookies and nut or fruit pies, like shrunken fairytale princesses, beg for liberation from their glass domes. The restaurant’s baristas whip up frothy drinks that keep studying brains buzzing and newspaper readers alert as they bask in the natural light streaming through the front windows.
The Mill's American and European artisan breads, crafted from stone-ground whole wheat and all-natural ingredients, are kneaded by hand to doughy superbness. Opt for sweet loaves such as whole-grain honey and cinnamon-raison walnut to make flavorful morning toast, or wrap slices of savory cracked-pepper parmesan or spinach feta around meat and cheese for luscious lunches (breads range from $3.50 to $6.95.) The Mill also dishes up its own bill of café lunch fare with protein-packed breakfast sandwiches ($3.25), quiches, personal pizzas ($4.25), and crisp summer salads ($4.75–$4.95).