This is one of those unintentionally cool cafes with original artwork created by local artists, loud colors on the walls, a couple of table tops that double as chessboards and an indoor gazebo area. There's also live music or poetry from time to time. While it's not exactly a chain because of different ownership, the owners of each location are cousins with menus that vary only slightly.
Atmosphere: Youthful and charming without pretense. It's a great spot for couples or to dine alone and catch up on your reading.
Hours for breakfast: All day
Breakfast specialties: Sandwiches, wraps, omelets, homemade croissants, smoothies and pastries
Coffee anyone? My friend Blaire really enjoyed her café latte. She said it was the perfect temperature and tasted slightly sweet, but still had the coffee flavor.
What I spent: $11.85 for a breakfast bagel sandwich, a breakfast wrap, hot chocolate, coffee and a cinnamon roll
Time from ordering to eating: Between five to seven minutes
Serving style: Order and pay at the counter, wait for your food at the table of your choice
Hang time: We were the only ones there on a weekday morning, so we had lots of time to chat and slowly sip on coffee and hot chocolate.
Gluttony factor: Medium to high. I had the breakfast sandwich on a whole-wheat bagel with egg, cheese and ham. Yum. I could see the whole grains and the bagel was soft while everything else was nice and hot. The sandwich didn't need anything extra because the ham and cheese offered suitable seasoning. The hefty cinnamon rolls can be warmed up and topped with plenty of gooey icing. To finish off the morning's sugar high, a big mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream. Unfortunately, the sweetness paled next to the cinnamon roll.
Blaire said her wrap was delicious. She loved the fluffy eggs paired with crispy bacon and melted, shredded cheese all tightly wrapped in a plain tortilla. It was a fantastic way to start her day.
The bathroom: It's clean with lots of space. The beige walls and subdued lighting feel like the tidy bathroom at a friend's house rather than one that lots of other people use.
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