Restaurant Listings: Coffee & Tea
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4085 Helena Rd. Old Towne Helena
Coffee, sandwiches, baked goods. WiFi hotspot. Often hosts live events.
1706 Oxmoor Road, Homewood
An offshoot of the Mediterranean favorite Nabeel's, Cafe Capri offers specialty coffees such as Cafe au lait with chicory, plus beignets, loukoumades, pastries and liquers.
137 North Chalkville Road, Trussville
Breakfast, lunch and light dinner, desserts. Sandwiches such as homemade pimiento cheese, veggie sandwich, meat-based sandwiches, chicken salad, wraps. Charming, homey location was once an antique shop.
367 Valley Ave., Homewood (off Green Springs)
Wireless internet, drive-through. Brewed coffees, espresso classics, gourmet teas, smoothies, ice-cream shakes, snacks, sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts.
3328 Clairmont Avenue S.
(Across from Highland Golf Course in Piggly Wiggly shopping center)
Proudly serves and sells locally roasted coffee from Higher Ground. Pastries made in store, from scratch. Grilled sandwiches for lunch include turkey, ham, tomato-pesto-mozzarella and roast beef. Also offers live entertainment and open mic night on occasion.
321 N. 20th Street
Serving organic and fair trade coffee from Leeds-based Higher Ground Roasters, plus chai, smoothies, alcoholic beverages, wine and beer. Featuring free wi-fi, live music and local artwork, with light dinner menu and pastries made fresh daily at either a local bakery or on the premises.
2007 University Blvd., Southside/UAB area
In addition to coffee and tea, Lucy's offers sandwiches, salads, baked goods and more at good prices weekdays. Warm, friendly atmosphere, retro furniture and funky artwork. Free wireless internet access, outdoor seating. For breakfast, a variety of baked goods plus the Egg MacLucy sandwich. At lunch, a variety of Panini grilled sandwiches on toasted ciabatta bread from Edgar's Bakery (including several vegetarian choices), plus homemade soup, Zapp's chips and a couple of salad options. City Scene gave high marks to the smoked turkey sandwich, with smoked gouda, tomato chutney and arugula.
5299 Valleydale Road, Inverness Corners
European-style tea salon and lunch restaurant. Antique tables, fresh flowers, custom-blended tea, homemade sandwiches, quiches and desserts. A 2006 City Scene review said, "Miss Rosemarie and her special teas are just delightful," and gave high marks to roasted garlic soup, apple and blue cheese quiche, lemon bars, chicken salad, egg alad, tuna salad with capers, pear and cream cheese tea sandwiches, espresso brownie, with the only complaint being that some of the portions could have been larger. Named a "hidden gem of dining" in Birmingham News City Scene, March 2009, which says, "European elegance gets a dose of Southern charm in this quaint tearoom ... don't leave without trying the chicken salad on wheat." Now serving dinner on Thursday and Friday nights from 6-8 p.m., with items such as shrimp and grits, crab cakes, spinach-stuffed chicken breasts, chicken or crab crepes, Island chicken salad, and a steak special each week.
2831 18th St. South, Homewood
O'Henry's roasts their own beans, for full-flavored coffees offered in three or four selections each day. There are also espresso, cappuccino, latte, mocha, teas, elaborate specialty drinks, as well as sandwiches and desserts, in a warm cozy setting.
4133 White Oak Drive (Cahaba Heights, not far from the Summit, behind Miss Myra's)
From their web site: "We roast our coffee by hand daily in a 15 kilo, gas-fired roaster. At Primavera, our goal is to purchase, roast, and deliver the finest coffee available. Along the way, we hope to help each of our customers see a clearer picture of the world of working hands from ground to grind. Our coffee will awaken your senses. Our mission is to awaken your sensibilities." Enjoy a free "cupping," or coffee tasting, each Saturday. Owners Havilah and Brett Burton spent time in Guatemala living on a small coffee farm while working at a coffee shop. This is the place for the real coffee connoisseur.