by Elli Metz
February 26, 2001
They offer the usual overpriced confections: bagels and cookie bars, chocolate covered espresso beans and cheesecakes, as well as smoothies in every imaginable combination (including something green with wheat grass that I've been afraid to try). Lately, they've also gone into the sandwich business, offering lunch sandwiches on bagels and croissants. It is a vegetarian-friendly place to eat, with wonderful veggie sandwiches on warm bagels, as well as a carnivore's playground, with huge sandwiches filled with roast beef and turkey.
Prices are reasonable, a little on the high side since it -is- a coffee shop first and foremost. A typical lunch with drink will cost about $6, and includes fruit and potato salad on the side, or a bag of kettle chips.
On weekend nights, they often have live bands play outside if the weather permits (and in the desert, it is very permissable). Mostly a young crowd, the bands play renditions of Blink 382 songs and N'Sync filks that carry across the parking lot to draw in more patrons.
Overall, if you have to have lunch, this is a great place to have it if you have time. They're open from mid-morning until around 10 pm on the weekends, 9 pm weekdays.
From journal The Last Oasis: Riverside, CA