I've been trying to break the STBX habit for years. I have nearly done so (by about 90%) thanks mostly to this wonderful little establishment. They have an ever changing display of art (paintings, photos, drawings, etc), greeting cards, a community board, great tasty treats, and VERY tasty drinks. I've recently started switching from regular mocha to white mocha when I order my nutty carmel or toffee mocha and they are DELICIOUS. I make it here at least once a week to get my caffeine fix. The owner is always so kind and tries his hardest to remember what I order. I will admit, I don't make it easy on him as I have a habit of switching my order quite often. I almost always get an almond croissant, which are delicious warmed. It's only about 5 minutes out of my way from home to work and it's just what I need to pick me up on those mornings I'd otherwise be suffering until lunch.P.S. If you're going to that other place quite often do yourself a favor and try this place out. The drinks are cheaper and better. Also, try totalling up how much your caffeine habit costs you per year. OUCH. I'd say the drinks here are about $1 less than you'd get from the green mermaid. Treats are DEFINATELY more affordable.
Don't let the one star review from 2007 scare you away. This is a smaller venue so if you don't luck out with seating right away, you may have to wait, but it is worth it. I prefer to sit outside on the patio - where it is nice an enclosed and great for a little people watching of all the beer goers that are visiting the beer garden next door. Their food is incredible. Anything on the dinner menu (I like the bahn mi), but breakfast is what I prefer (only there are too many options!). The breakfast tacos are enough to feed two, the lucy burger is perfectly topped with an egg and I prefer their breakfast pizza with jalapenos added. IF you ever get the urge, don't hesitate to go!
I really tried to like this place, but with every new chance I gave it, something else would go horribly wrong. I'm a huge fan of service and their's leaves something to be desired. One night we waited over an hour for our food, without so much of an explanation, and they would never stop at our table for us even to order a drink during that time. The only thing I would go back for is their fried green tomatoes, but I can find those else where. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I won't be back.
This is a great dining experience, good food, good wine selection, a great atmosphere and great ambiance. You will find the food to be hearty, full of flavor and fully enjoyable. It is an dining experience you will want to go back for again and again. Friday Nights it's pack, with people who like to sing. Sacramento New & Review "Sammy Awards" also gave this place a great rating. I think you will also when you come out to eat or sing on Fridays.