We normally hit up the Pump Station Café for coffee and sometimes a breakfast sandwich in the mornings but never for lunch. I enjoy the coffee and morning sandwiches and I have to say this is one of the few places on the South side of town that you can pop in for a quick bite to eat or coffee. Its located on Boal Ave across from the Military Museum.
They recently changed they organization and look inside and I can’t say I’m a total fan of the new look. There was something cute and kitchy with the old look that worked better. The new plexiglass storage for the pastries could of been done better. The cream and sugar were moved which now creates issues when there is a line of people waiting to order food or when food is ready for pick up – there is no room for those who want to add cream and sugar to their drinks. But details details.
Rothrock Coffee, located off of South Atherton in the shopping center that is also home to Honeybaked Ham and PYP Studio (you will notice a high percentage of patrons at Rothrock dressed in work-out gear). It opened a few years ago, and I am so glad that there is an option on the South side of town. They roast their own beans in the store, which are for sale both in store and at many local grocery stores. I especially like their aesthetic. Clean lines, a long wooden counter with stools that separate tables against the side wall and the coffee prep area. Its modern, hip(ster) but not pretentious. It seems every time we are there that the crowd is a mix of post-workout (see proximity to PYP Studio above), students (large quantity of people on laptops), and locals who just want a great atmosphere to sit and sip.
We have stopped by Rothrock many times to grab coffee in the morning and stopped in to buy whole beans to brew at home, but never stopped in to stay, drink and order food. Today was our day. My husband was so excited to try the Peach Ricotta toast that a co-worker kept talking about. We ordered and while I was pouring cream into my coffee I overheard an employee say to another “we have no peach toast today”. They, of course, had no idea that we were within earshot or that we were the ones who ordered it. I quietly warned my husband that in 30 sec someone was going to come up to him and inform him of this terrible news. Turns out the last day for the Peach Ricotta was…..yesterday. Insert sad face here.