Until public-transit officials make our dream of commuting to work by rollycoaster a reality, we'll have to settle for the adrenaline rush of traditional pick-me-ups. Percolate perkiness with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of coffee and café fare at Sunrise Coffee Co. in Piedmont.
Since opening its doors in 1997, the charming java joint has helped countless customers do the same for their eyeballs. Shuffle your favorite pair of slippers into Sunrise at sunrise to get caffeinated with a handcrafted hot or cold barista-concocted beverage. Or stop by the storefront after work to pick up a bag of regular, flavored, or decaf beans to brew at home. Percolation purists can get their fix with classic sippables such as coffee ($1.50 for 12 oz.), cappuccino ($2.75 for 12 oz.), and iced lattés ($3.25 for 16 oz.), while thrill seekers can go reverse scuba diving by sending glorious waves of mocha breve ($4 for 12 oz.), fruit smoothie ($4 for 16 oz.), or vanilla coffee cooler ($4 for 16 oz.) into the deep caverns of their stomach's sea. Sunrise's tea list is equally comprehensive, ranging from non-flavored black varieties to delightfully fruity options such as vanilla coconut white tea, decaf wildberry plum, and blackberry sage.
Balance the belly's ecosystem by introducing some solid landmass. A la carte breakfast bites include cinnamon rolls ($1.75), muffins ($1.75), and fresh fruit ($0.75). Those looking for heartier fuel can grab a breakfast sandwich ($3.25) with cheese, egg, and a choice of bacon or ham, served on a choice of a plain, honey wheat, or multigrain bagel (offered Mon.–Fri. 6:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.). During the second-most-popular meal of the day (behind dinner but in front of the invisible-spider feast during the night), lunch, swing by Sunrise for a mandarin-orange chicken salad ($5.50) or a freshly grilled tomboy hot dog ($2.50). Or if you’re feeling creative, design a sandwich ($4.50) by picking from the café’s long list of meat, cheese, bread, and veggie varieties. Put a topcoat on your masterpiece with a scoop of classic vanilla ice cream, a root-beer float, or a decadent espresso-covered turtle.
Sunrise Coffee Co. matches its impressive menu with an equally notable number of inedible accommodations, including free WiFi, regular live music, and an ultra-friendly, too-warm-to-eat staff of baristas. Purchase an additional Groupon as a gift to cozy up at one of Sunrise's relaxed tables with a friend or friendly doppelganger.
1265 S Cotner Blvd.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510Get Directions