Sharing a healthy meal, unlike owning a pet ferret or paying for rent with quarters from the parents’ change jar, is a fine way to endear oneself to potential roommates. Master housing auditions with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of new American fare and drinks at Kickback Cafe on Soquel Avenue.
A full-service coffee shop and emporium of edible excess, Kickback Cafe offers breakfast burritos, burgers made from all-natural beef, fresh salads, and a truckload of veggie and vegan options. Kick off a day of watching strangers unload groceries by sipping a homemade chai or peanut butter, soy, and honey smoothie ($4.75) as you sift through all 20+ breakfast-burrito selections ($5.50–$7.75). Or devour the mighty elf melt, its toasted sourdough encasing grilled albacore tuna, smoked cheddar, rosemary mayo, and pale-ale mustard ($7). Kickback Cafe is also a fine destination to partake in open-mic nights, or autograph unfinished job applications.