Café Cubana -- 1328 E 15 St., 584-2233
When Starbucks get you down, Café Cubana offers solace, cigars and caffeine. This combination coffee shop and humidor opens bright and early to supply drowsy commuters with their caffeine fix. Start out your morning with a latte or other espresso drink. Or, if you're not in the mood for coffee, fruit smoothies and teas are also on the menu. To round out a healthy breakfast, Café Cubana stocks plenty of muffins and fresh baked goods.
1520 E. 15 St., 585-2229; 5220 S. Yale Ave., 493-7179; 7153 S. Lewis Ave., 494-7022
If you tend to order everything on the side, this might be the perfect lunch spot for you. Everything at Qdoba is made right before your very eyes, to your exact specifications. Try one of their signature burritos, such as a Fajita Ranchera Burrito or a Poblano Pesto Burrito. Or, combat the summer heat with a crisp and cool taco salad. Qdoba also offers quesadillas, Tortilla Soup, and nachos, all prepared with your choice of beans, salsa and toppings.
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The Palace Café, 1301 E. 15 St., 582-4321
The Palace Café has long been a favorite Cherry Street destination for fresh, local, seasonally-inspired food. Start with the Bento menu, a selection of bite-sized pre-appetizers that provide a glimpse of the meal to come. More substantial pre-meal options include tomato-bisque soup or a fresh green salad. Try an entrée like Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout, Flank Steak Gremolatta or Roasted Lamb Rack. An extensive wine list provides an accompaniment to your meal. Don't forget to indulge in a dessert like a Snapping Turtle Sundae or Banana Crème Brulee Boat.
Brunch: SUN 9AM-2PM
Lunch: TUES-FRI, 11AM-2PM
Dinner: TUES-SAT, 5PM-10PM
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