Z's Café is committed to great food, good people, and supporting the community. Our 3 goals are: • To offer delicious food that everyone can afford. • For our employees to develop skills and build self-confidence. • To treat everyone who walks through our doors here like family.
The Benson and Brozgold families founded Ol’ South Pancake House in 1962 and have stacked mountains of the same griddle-kissed pancakes from the same menu ever since, sticking to original recipes with the addition of Southern diner favorites. Cooks pour fluffy disks of buttermilk-, buckwheat-, or corn-cake batter to forge the rich foundation for strata of sweet or fruity toppings, including spiced apples, peanut-butter chips, and strawberries. Like off-duty senators nestled safe for the night in the congressional warehouse, pancakes pile into short or tall stacks, or in a behemoth pile of eight for the diner’s Take the Pancake Challenge. Any intrepid eater capable of packing away the entire monument to fluffiness in 60 minutes gets the meal free.
In addition to pancakes, the menu features a familiar spread of hearty entrees and sides served all day long. The cooks hand-batter pieces of chicken-fried steak before glazing them with a layer of country-style gravy, or sear catfish and half-pound burger patties on the grill. For internationally inspired flavors, they can also whisk together huevos rancheros, griddle fresh crêpes, or prepare the german pancake filled with fresh lemon, powdered sugar, and whipped butter served with a side of maple syrup.
If Noodles @ Boba Tea House’s dining room strikes visitors as welcoming and familial, the reason may be that the Vietnamese restaurant’s owners share more than a dedication to fine boba teas—all three of them are sisters. Since opening in 2007, Holly, Nga, and Kim Vu have merged steamy Vietnamese dishes with milky teas in a casual, laid-back setting.
Bowls of the restaurant’s signature pho—a Vietnamese noodle soup with French and Chinese roots—line tables alongside goi chun spring rolls filled with charbroiled chicken, imitation crab sticks, and fragrant cherry blossoms. Piles of rice share plates with marinated pork chops, beef, and cornish hen, and chopsticks spar for sushi rolls that reflect the restaurant’s pan-Asian influences. Straws fish for treasure in boba teas, whose watermelon-, papaya-, and green-jasmine-flavored waters brim with chewy pearls of tapioca.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.