At CoffeeTime Café, the air fills with the rich, earthy scent of organic fair-trade coffee beans and the satisfying buzz of espresso machines as baristas whip up frothy tops to cappuccinos and lattes. They build drinks and shakes with Lavazza espresso, chilled fruits, or rich chocolates amid dark varnished-wood accents, plasma screen TVs, and plump, leather couches. The shop's free WiFi enables students to study while live musicians strum acoustic guitars and sing musical versions of their upcoming Scantron answers.
Ruggles Cafe fills breadbaskets with seafood specialties, monstrous sandwiches, and soups created in-house. The sustainably raised organic chicken tenders bathe in a hickory-smoked barbecue sauce ($7), a bowl of baked-potato soup is made from scratch and garnished with sour cream, bacon, and scallions ($5), and the Veggie O sandwich houses spinach, avocado, tomato, red onion, shaved radish, cucumber, coleslaw, perforated swiss cheese, and russian dressing in multi-grain bread ($7). Entrees, such as the lobster mac 'n' cheese gratin, which is lathered in brie, parmesan, and sherry cream ($17), fill the body's culinary safe-deposit box with valuable taste. Ruggles' burgers ($8 to $10) hail from naturally raised beef and are void of hormones, antibiotics, and barely audible whimpering.
Many restauranteurs are inspired by the food they ate as kids. The owners of The Corner Carhop take this principle one step further: they're also inspired by the bygone culture of mid-20th century America as immortalized in movies such as American Graffiti and Greasers 2: Kickin' Up Grease. The year-round drive-in makes good on its nostalgic promise with burgers and other classic fare??trays are even delivered directly to guests' cars by fleet-footed servers. A literal white picket fence hand-painted with vintage ads and other imagery surrounds the parking lot and picnic tables, making for some unique mealtime scenery.
Located in an English country cottage, the English Tea Garden hosts idyllic afternoon tea times with traditional British bites and a menu of 11 loose-leaf teas. Mother and daughter tandems and men's rugby teams can spend an afternoon quaffing tea from fine china. Parties can choose tea selections such as the Organic Earl Grey tea or the Tippy Assam Leaf tea, in which black tea mingles with exotic fruit flavors. Guests also can nibble on assorted tea sandwiches and scones while marveling at how large their hands look when holding miniature pastries. Devonshire cream, preserves, and lemon curd accompany dishes for dainty delectability.
The smell of chocolate-chip cookies baking in the oven has a tendency to unleash waves of childhood memories, especially when those cookies are iconic Nestl? Toll House creations. At Nestl? Toll House Caf? by Chip, passionate bakers coax out these memories by using Nestl? products to create decadent desserts that taste just as satisfying as they did years ago.
You can have your favorite coffee drink served hot, frozen, or over ice. Whether you're in the mood for a hot Miracle Mocha, or a frozen hot chocolate, they have something for you. They have a variety of loose leaf teas to choose from to enjoy with your locally baked scones, cookies and fresh baked muffins. As the cool season approaches, so do the delicious seasonal drinks such as the White Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte, and the Gingerbread Mocha.
During the week, Miracle Coffee hosts a range of events. These include a kids-focused story time offered on the second Tuesday of the month, as well as open mic nights that cater to local musicians or auctioneers that like to practice between gigs.