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10/31/2015
By: Melissa S.
Sam & Zoe's
I hate to have to give these guys a 2 star review. I love supporting local businesses. And I do really like their food. Their jalapeño cheddar biscuits are to die for and most of the time their coffee drinks are pretty good. But here's the thing- their customer service is just not good. I have waited several months before reviewing them chalking each time up to bad days on either their part or mine or just the fact that they are so busy. But after about two years and a trip there about once a month or so, and having only had positive experiences in the drive thru and literally one other time besides that I have to give my honest opinion. The people working at the counter act like you are inconveniencing them or putting them out. They aren't inclined to answer any questions. And they are normally pretty slow even when they aren't busy. This part wouldn't bother me really if they would just be NICE. Even when you try to ask them how they're day is they generally just look at you blankly. I have a business nearby and I refer people to other local businesses all the time and after having had other people report back to me that when they went in they were treated rudely, I have had to stop sending people over there. And I've gotten to the point that I think I'm not going back.
01/21/2016
By: Heather R.
Sky Blue Coffee & Bistro
What if diabetes could be condensed down to a single plate?Though only Paula Deen can truly be sure of the science behind such a phenomenon, Sky Blue Cafe has come dangerously close to achieving that feat, as evidenced by its Banana Nutella French Toast Pancakes. As in, French toast, covered with bananas and Nutella, stuffed between two pancakes larger than my head (caveat: I have always had a rather small head). Yes, this is a thing, and it is glorious.When I am not feeling in touch with my inner obese person, I lean towards the varied egg options available at Sky Blue; my particular favorite is the Space Captain, and this is not even solely because of its fantastic name. The Space Captain is an omelet featuring spinach, mushrooms, onions, veggie sausage, and pesto. And as I am pretty sure Albert Einstein once said, "Only two things are infinite--human stupidity and the greatness of pesto." Excuse me if I'm paraphrasing here.Be ready for a long wait if you intend to come here. On average, I have waited for about 45 minutes to an hour. Recommended to come on nice days, so you can sit outside and imbibe the free coffee in massive amounts (I figure I am drinking the value of my lost time). Overall, worth the trip, but do plan on a wait.
01/21/2016
By: Heather R.
Cafe Coco
While there has obviously never been an instance in which I found myself desperately needing the worst kinds of food at 4 am, I am vaguely aware that some people have found themselves faced with this issue, and this review is written for you incorrigible folk.As one of the only 24-hour establishments, Café Coco holds a revered place in my heart. There is something immensely comforting in knowing that, no matter how late it gets, there are options that will serve me actual food (as opposed to, say, whatever it is that Jack in the Box is selling for 50 cents). The variety here is fantastic: pizza, pastas, salads, breakfast foods, even cheesecake (Godiva is highly recommended). I have tried numerous things here, and never been disappointed. I have never been wowed either, but I will take "not disappointed" any time after midnight.This place also has a lovely patio outdoor, but a warning is that it is populated by a seemingly non-migratory population of hipsters with cigarettes, so plan on inhaling a good amount of cancer here. Inside, there are often poetry or writers' nights to enjoy in the back room. A wide variety of people, events, and foods in one place, I would describe this as one of the more eclectic places in Nashville.
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01/26/2016
By: Victoria L.
Bond Coffee Company
On a whim I decided to stop in Bond Coffee on my way to Juice Nashville. I have to say I was surprised to find this cozy little gem in the middle of the gulch. The atmosphere is what I would call "Coziness Elevated" The chandeliers serve as a nice compliment to the surplus of handwritten chalkboard signs. The baristas were extremely helpful and friendly. They rattled off the list of latte options with patience and enthusiasm. I love that they have soy AND almond alternatives. You'd be surprised how many places only offer soy. This may be a tiny but picky but I also like that their stoppers for to go coffee are only 1/4 the length of a regular stopper. I don't know if they are being economical or environmental but either way it was a tiny detail that made me like the place a little bit more. I had an almond cinnamon latte which was served up quickly and ran around $6.00. Which is pretty average for a medium latte with a milk alternative added. It was slightly less bitter than other lattes I've had in the past but I didn't find the cinnamon to be very noticeable. Overall I would say the latte was definitely above average. I would recommend this place to a friend without hesitation!
01/21/2016
By: Heather R.
Fido
Back in the time when I ate like a carb-addicted caveman (oxymoron?) who couldn't tell the difference between fresh salad and one made three weeks ago, Fido seemed overpriced and silly to me. Since I have started to be able to vaguely discern what fresh and quality food tastes like (apparently not like the Kraft blue box), Fido has changed in my mind. It is a haven of fresh, often local, and organic foods, for not unreasonable prices (except on the fancy coffees front). They have a diverse selection of salads, sandwiches, and breakfast foods, as well as a rotating menu of soups and daily specials. Not only that, but they serve delicious gluten-free pancakes! A list of highly recommended foods (both from before and after my gluten downfall):Gluten-free buckwheat pancakes The McFishy bagel sandwichThe Bachelor bagel sandwichThe Eden saladThe Liberal saladThe smoked turkey and brie sandwichA note to customers: Fido is often crowded, and so will turn off its wifi during peak hours in the hope of driving you out.
09/01/2016
By: Telisha C.
Sam & Zoe's
It would be hard to count how many Saturdays I have spent on the porch of this coffee shop in the past 10 years. This is one of those spots that makes living in the urban core worthwhile. You know that there is absolutely no other place like it. I've never had bad service or unfriendly encounters even during the busiest of times. The bagel and lox is always better than I had hoped for. My only recommendation would be for them to locally source High Garden Tea. This isn't your overly cliched coffee shop. It's a community gathering place.
11/09/2016
By: Mariska V.
Red Bicycle Coffee
Though we feel a bit out of place given the 'hipster vibe' of staff (and sometimes customers - we are somewhat older, with kids, and not very hip), we love the coffee and crepes (Florentine!) here. We tend to hang out at the tables outside, near the back entrance, where our toddler can climb the wooden benches and move around freely without bothering other people. If you choose this spot to have your treats, be prepared for the occasional cigarette smoke (staff smokes outside) and noise (two ACs).
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11/12/2016
By: Erika L.
The Frothy Monkey
Fast, fresh, friendly, that's how I'd describe what you get at Frothy Monkey on 12th Avenue South. I stopped in and got the Ned sandwich to go. The best sandwich I've had in a long time. "Italian herb tofu, hummus, cucumber, sprouts, red peppers, spinach on toasted multigrain $8.50." It comes with round tortilla chips and fresh homemade salsa. Lunch was excellent but I was disappointed with the chi tea late, a little bitter for my taste but other coffee drinks I've had there are excellent.
11/09/2016
By: Mariska V.
Bongo Java
We go here regularly for coffee and brunch; the hasbrowns, juanita burrito and turkey bagel are favorite. Sitting outside makes a visit with kids quite doable and nice - it's harder to contain young children inside especially when very busy. During this summer we experienced lots of flies outside. The line is long as can be the wait for your food, especially when the students are in town and during peak hours (weekend etc). Service is kind.
05/06/2016
By: Brooke B.
Fido
Cute, local coffee shop. They have good coffee and espressos. Great place to go for lunch, their food is high quality and fresh. They have good salads and sandwiches with a variety of options. The only downside is it's so good everyone loves to go there so during rush lunch time they are packed and you may have to wait in line for 30 minutes just to put your order in. The staff is fast and efficient, they just get a lot of people through.

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