Sugar and coffee, like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, are a legendary duo that warms hearts and frequently inspires elaborate tap-dance routines on public streets. Taste well-partnered panache with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $12 worth of global baked goods, sandwiches, soups, and drinks at Bonchaz.
The savoury flavors of Bonchaz’s fresh baked goods and organic coffees can be traced back to the restaurant's origins in the city's local farmers' markets, which the staff still regularly attends. A playful menu beckons guests to test the anti-ship capabilities of sub-similar italian-herb baguette sandwiches such as black forest ham and cheddar ($4.95) or avocado, brie, and balsamic vinegar ($6.95). Pair any sandwich with a rotating roster of soups ($1.95 side), including several vegan concoctions. Fair-trade coffee roasts from Ethical Bean ($1.75–$1.95) are made via french press, the toasty temperature perfect for fortifying mugs against invasions of bayonet-brandishing ice cubes. Taste buds can also discover the hidden flavours filling the oven-baked milk bun pastries of the bakery's namesake. Choose from original ($1.25), banana walnut, 70 per cent cocoa chocolate truffle, and an array of ever-changing daily flavours (all $1.75 each). Bonchaz's staff crafts all of its goods using imported baking ingredients from France, Chile, Australia, and the Netherlands.
After building a loyal fanbase at the farmers' market, Bonchaz set up its own shop in 2010, unveiling a tasty array of baked goods, savoury baguette sandwiches, and aromatic french-press coffee. Taking its name from a Mexican-French milk-bun pastry, the café outfits its signature treat in an array of decadent flavours kissed with a hint of coffee and lovingly torched to a golden-brown crust. The speedy kitchen staff rolls out the fluffy pastries alongside an ever-changing lineup of soups as well as sandwiches filled with smoked salmon, pulled pork, and smooth, creamy hummus.