3200 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95817
One of my favorite places of late to unwind is a place down near Mandy's house- Broadway Coffee. Not quite the Grid, but just on the perimeter. It's located on a quiet corner as you enter OP. The building used to be pretty non-descript but recently they gave the building a little mini-makeover and it's sporting a fun mural that makes it pop from its surroundings. The shop serves Temple coffee and has the most scrumptious desserts. My favorite is the pecan whisky tart (heated) but I've had terrific lemon bars, apple bread pudding and cookies there as well. (They get their desserts from Desserts by Vesela and also carry some vegan eats by the Sassy Oh Baking Company.) I also love that more often than naught, I can pop in there and grab a table with no wait. So far the place seems to be immune to the hipster infestation that seems to plague most of the neighborhood coffee houses in the Grid and it's surrounding areas. Not to rant too much about the subject, but I'm so tired of entering a coffee shop, buying a coffee and having no where to sit because people are camped out there for HOURS with their stupid laptops. I wish there was a max time limit on patrons being able to monopolize a table. I know, I know...first world problems.
Anyhow, the best part of Broadway Coffee is the staff. Seriously! In a time where good customer service is next to impossible to find, this little cafe nails it. No matter when I've gone in, I've found each staff member to be friendly and welcoming. My favorite barista though is Elizabeth. This lady has a 1000 kilowatt smile and within 2 minutes makes you feel at home.
If you get a chance, stop in and grab a cuppa, plop down at a table and savor a little "you" time. You won't be sorry.