Along with the Palms motel across the street, the Alibi is a rare hold out of the 1950s Polynesian craze. The interior is done up in awesome (if slightly aged) tropical decor including giant Tiki statues, fish-shaped light fixtures and a 3-D hula girl mural. The high-camp decor is complimented by an over-the-top tropical bar menu the food however mostly lies in the plain 'ol bar food realm. If, thatch, neon, tiki torches and Mai Tais aren't enough for you, the Alibi also boasts some of the rowdiest karaoke crews in town, which can be experienced nightly.
As the very first sushi restaurant in the United States to be certified sustainable in accordance with the Monterrey Bay Aquarium's or Marine Stewardship Council's guidelines Bamboo Sushi is setting the bar high. The former Masu East's transformation in no way diminishes their quality, rather improves it. Now you know your salmon roll or yuzu tobiko aren't contributing to the diminishing of ocean life. Don't eat fish anyway? No problem they have a tempting selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes as well. Way to go Bamboo!
This vegan bakery/"cawfeeshop/deli, slightly hidden behind the Jantzen building offers a selection of vegan baked goods as well as a number of breakfast treats, soups, salads and sandwiches. Vegans and carnivores alike can rejoice because although almost everything is vegan, if you like you can get meat on your sandwich.
New socially conscientious coffee shop serving Stumptown Coffee, Foxfire teas and Sweetpea Bakery's vegan goodies.
So describing a tea house as mellow is probably redundant, but this nice little spot is just the kind of place you want to go to to unwind. With a sort of apothecary-meets-lounge vibe, they carry a plethora of the best teas from around the world and serve them hot or cold. They also have bubble tea, kombucha, medicinal herbs, tea ice cream, bagels, sandwiches, pastries, cards, board games and other treats.
Nicely appointed, family-run breakfast joint serving the most important meal of the day well through lunchtime. Almost every breakfasty thing you could imagine graces their menu from chorizo and eggs to a standout German pancake. Their popularity has been increasing greatly of late so, as with most brunch spots about town, you may expect a bit of a wait.
Classic American breakfast and lunch a step above mom's homemade. From lemon, ricotta pancakes to savory scrambles, sandwiches and salads. And make sure not to forget the dessert!
Trickling water, soft Asian music and a serene, comfortable, zen-like atmosphere make your tea sipping and dining experience all the more bliss-inducing. Numerous varieties and preparations of tea are available and the all vegan Asian/Indian food is perfectly prepared. Try the dal and rice for a meal or for something a little lighter some samosas or vegetable dumplings or take a few friends and mix and match. Your chi will be glad you did.
Funky neighborhood coffee shop serving a variety of specialty coffee drinks, bagels and other baked-goodies (some vegan).
Sick of corporate coffee? Muddy Waters, a worker-owned java joint just may have your cure. A really comfortable atmosphere awaits inside this old storefront on Belmont. Somewhat rustic with nice little artistic touches along with featured work by local artists. Most of their baked goods are done in-house and they have bagels, wraps and other hunger appeasers. Look for live music, spoken word and tarot card readings and a nice progressive attitude.
A little shack behind the Rocking Frog Cafe
where you can stop in for what may be the perfect donut. Hours and choices are limited but delicious: plain, vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze, powdered sugar, cinnamon. Fried in canola oil in an old school machine guaranteed to put you in a good moody!