Coffee and baked goods have always gone together, like rock and roll, yin and yang, and bald-eagle hatchlings and William Howard Taft's toupee. Introduce your mouth to a dazzling duet with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of casual fare and beverages at the Under Ground Café in Victor.
The Under Ground Café, christened after its subterranean location within the Place at Victor Village building, crafts a toothsome menu of sandwiches, salads, and freshly brewed coffee drinks. Sleepy eyes pop open and agree to release hostage brains after a sip of a bottomless cup of steaming Finger Lakes coffee ($1.45+), a bite of a fragrant block of baked cinnamon french toast ($3.50), or a sampling of a host of all-day breakfast bites. Beds of romaine and pillowy dinner rolls form a dais for the Under Ground salad ($6.50), a textural riot of dried cranberries, blue-cheese crumbles, and sugared walnuts, tucked in with a kiss of raspberry-walnut vinaigrette. Nip into a local legend with The Place panini ($7.50), a crisply ironed stack of grilled chicken and bacon, oozing with provolone and honey mustard, or stop irate sweet teeth from seceding with a rotating array of pastries and cookies ($1.50–$2).
Behind a curving pastel bar, the Under Ground Café’s busy baristas concoct a potable gallery of masterpieces and initiate novices into mug club membership, which allows patrons perpetual $1.25 refills after they purchase a mug and promise to teach it to speak fluent Japanese. Earth-hued walls bracket well-lit clusters of tables, and a flat-screen television and stone-encrusted fireplace entertain news fans and combustion critics alike. Nestle posteriors into cozy leather chairs for synchronized sipping and surfing via free WiFi, or invite plates for al fresco tête-à-têtes on the patio.