I have been to some amazing cafes and restaurants around home and around the world and I want to share the standouts with you. So wherever you may find yourself you’ll have a place nearby to grab some delicious grub.
Flour Bakery + Cafe
131 Clarendon Street • Boston
Classic café food with a playful menu and extensive array of bakery items; homey feel and happy staff.
George Howell’s Coffee
311 Walnut Street • Newtonville
The man who inspired the coffee of Starbucks has done it again. Coffee that packs a punch with little breakfast and lunch treats as perfect sides, all in the small town center of Newtonville. (Try the banana, granola & honey crepe, a surprising sweet treat!)
Pavement Coffee House
44 Gainsborough Street • Boston
A young, hipster feel with some of the best bagels in the area, and coffee that can’t be ignored.
1003 Beacon Street • Brookline
Cute, quaint, just like a European café. The bakery smells are unlike any other in the city.
Union Square Donuts
16 Bow Street • Somerville
Donuts elevated to a new level of deliciousness, with some wonderfully interesting and innovative flavors.
Blue Bottle Coffee
1 Sausalito, San Francisco Ferry Building • San Francisco
Coffee with a punch and sugar covered waffles that melt in your mouth; great food for meandering the waterfront.
721 9th Ave • San Diego
Order the latte and it will arrive in a small bowl! The coffee is tremendous, but the food outshines everything. A cute corner cafe with wonderful outside seating. Order the baked goods, eggs, or crepes. You can’t go wrong here.
Currant American Brasserie
140 W Broadway • San Diego
Wonderful spot to grab some filling happy hour grub. The gourmet popcorn and tater tots are a great modern and tasty twist of the original. And with half priced items from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., you can have more than one drink and not fill like you splurged.
Stone Brewing Company
1999 Citracado Pkwy • Escondido
The location alone is reason to stop here, even if you don’t like beer. The brewery is surrounded by greenery and walking paths with adirondack chairs for drinking in comfort. And the stinky cheese has just the right stink.
Side Street Cafe
49 Rodick Street • Bar Harbor
Locally owned, with a friendly staff and lots of outside deck seating. Live, local bands most nights and a casual atmosphere.
// NEW YORK
10 Columbus Circle, 3rd Floor • New York
Large windows overlooking Columbus Circle, A Voce has excelled in classic Italian food, this is one of the best meals I have had in New York. Get ready to spend a bit, but every penny is worth it.
133 East 65th Street • New York
Tucked into little tables, the feel is cozy and comfortable, but still radiates luxury. The scrambled eggs were so moist, they melted in my mouth.
Fig & Olive
10 East 52nd Street • New York
Just like there name states, they do figs and olives very well here. After starting with an olive oil tasting, you can’t go wrong with the fig salad.
380 Lafayette Street • New York
The perfect spot for a long brunch, sit in a corner booth and enjoy the bustling cafe. If you go, please, please get the almond croissant, there is nothing like it!
// RHODE ISLAND
345 Thames Street • Newport
A beautiful roof deck that lends itself to people watching and enjoying the ocean breeze. Classic American-style food with a lobster roll overflowing with meat. And you can’t go wrong with any of their local beers.
285 Water Street • Warren
If you can, snag a seat on the outdoor patio to enjoy the smell of ocean with your seafood. They don’t take reservation so get there a little early to avoid a wait.
The Beehive Cafe
10 Franklin Street • Bristol
This cafe is never quiet or empty. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of locals grabbing coffees to go or settling in for a late lunch. Take something to go and nestle in on the shoreline just a block away. This cafe also serves a great dinner, don’t be deceived by it’s cafe feel during the day.
Mon Vert Café
67 Central Street • Woodstock
Nestled in the heart of downtown Woodstock, this café is the perfect stop for a late breakfast or tasty lunch. There are plenty of little shops to wonder through in the area, so take your time and enjoy the scenery.
150 Cherry Street • Burlington
A large garage door opens up to expose this rustic, wood covered cafe. A great spot to pop in for a small treat while exploring the shops of downtown.
2250 Killington Road • Killington
Just minutes away from the Killington Ski Resort, this bakery tucked up in the top of triangular house felt homey and the food tasted like home.