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Saint Dane's is a cool place. It has a great mix of all American bar meets London street pub. The bar is pleasantly small with tables and drinkers spilling into the small parking lot out of the garage door-style entrance. The patio is a spot that wraps around the back of the pub. Definitely go there to watch a game, as sports is part of its identity. You're even liable to be a part of a local sports radio broadcast if you stop by after work. A good pub has delicious pub food, and Saint Dane's fare is unbelievable. Each day has a different discounted food special, like their wings on Thursdays or half off wraps on Wednesdays. It's super convenient from Highway 59. -Adam Rosen
This little java spot opened in the early 1990s, long before the corporate coffee house popped up on every street corner. After a renovation, it became a great spot to sip coffee while playing a game of chess. Nowadays, it is also a good place to grab a bite to eat. In the morning, you can have a hearty egg breakfast, the Eggs El Salvador are a favorite, or fresh muffins, bagels and pastries. For lunch or dinner, there is a wide variety of pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and appetizers for an overall casual dining experience.
Max's Wine Dive is quickly becoming a favorite stop for first dates, group hang outs, and all-around night owls. With such a plethora of drinking options to choose from, diners are sure to find a drink to fully complement the wide ranging menu. The atmosphere draws as diverse a crowd as the selection of food, from the trend-setters savoring their Yama Kobe Beef Burgers to the casual Joe devouring his delicious brownie.
Under the Volcano is a pleasant eatery that offers delicious fare on its menu even though the card features only a limited number of dishes. Indulge by taking up a table on the patio or even by ordering one of their fine drinks. They also rent the place out for private celebrations, which is one reason for their popularity. However, the restaurant is open only for evening meals and dinner, so in-case you plan to go here, ensure that you do not make lunch plans.
There just aren't enough of these types of places around town. Kraftsmen Cafe has an Ivy-League environment with nice folks and perfect mid-day snacks and drinks. Open the door to the hybrid aroma of fresh-baked bread and finely ground espresso. Whether early morning or between any of your daily meals, pop in the studious Kraftsmen Bakery for breakfast, salads, sandwiches, or soups. Got a few minutes to kill? Read the paper while enjoying a cappuccino or juice. Bring your computer and get some work done in a lovely change of scenery. -Adam Rosen
Salento is a wonderful Latin American café/wine bar combo in the heart of the pleasant Rice Village. Their coffee is some of the best in the city, with well-trained baristas manning the steamer. The wine list includes several gems from South America, with great happy hour discounts. Get a window seat along the front wall and people-watch while listening to their mix of mostly underground music. Order a chicken empanada - the best snack in the city!
If you have not been to this coffee shop, then you have definitely been missing out. This is simply a great place to have a terrific, inexpensive meal. With New York flair and flavor tempting you, you are destined to become a regular. The delicious bagels, a breakfast favorite, are made fresh daily. When turned into a sandwich, they lead the menu at lunch as well. Make sure you have a nice, hot cup of coffee to get your morning going.
Dulce Tapioca is a tremendous little spot near First Colony Mall if you're looking for a refreshing pick-me-up or a between-meal snack. Stop in before your shopping spree and get your nutritious and delicious energy in a cup. Their various tapioca and milk tea drinks are common breakfasts or desserts in Southeast Asia, and are quickly becoming a hit in the US. Try the milk tea with tapioca pearls if you're new to the little colorful balls in your drink concept. It's wonderfully fresh and chewy at this place, as it should be. Otherwise, their regular old iced coffee is marvelous. -Adam Rosen