Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon to Health & Harmony House in Arlington. Choose between the following options:
- For $8, you get a punch card good for six coffee beverages (up to a $19.50 value).
- For $10, you get $20 worth of café fare and drinks.
Health & Harmony House perks up palates with organic coffee, tea, and a menu of house-made sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries. Smiling baristas brave billowing clouds of vapor to forge lattes ($3.94 for a large) from Mawker's locally roasted beans or shake the company's hand-blended loose leaves to extract refreshing iced tea ($1.25). On the unsippable side of the menu, the Ranch Hand sandwich ($7.49) tames hunger by corralling turkey, bacon, two kinds of cheese, and garlic ranch dressing between slices of wheat berry bread or inside a pair of snakeskin boots, and the Edgy veggie sandwich ($6.49) ropes together spinach, peppers, avocado, tomatoes, and provolone for a delicious dish that will keep any ravenous wrangler in skinny chaps. Sandwich combos ($6.99–$7.49) allow lunchers to trade half helpings for a fresh salad or bowl of seasonal soup. Between main meals, droopy lids reopen to discover the source of cinnamon, chocolate, or roasted-apple aromas wafting from fresh baked goods ($0.65−$2.99) including danish, muffins, mini and large cinnamon rolls, and apple blossoms plucked straight from the bush.
In addition to its current bill of fare, this eclectic, inclusive café is developing a menu of diabetic-friendly eats and gluten-free and vegan delights. Friday open-mic nights and paintings by local artists welcome a broad range of tastes beyond the confines of the plate, and complimentary wireless Internet encourages prolonged sipping, surfing, and searching for Burton Gilliam–related news.