Black Cat Espresso Bar
You can get their popular breakfast sandwiches right from the source here, as well as lunch sandwiches not available at the other location.
The 30-seat space is decked out with 150 kinds of cacti, a wall of National Geographics and extension cords that pull down from the ceiling, plus a patio.
Breakfast sandwiches prepared fresh in house daily come in three varieties, and every single one starts with a whole egg cracked into a muffin tray to bake.
English muffins are purposely over-toasted and slathered with mayo, resulting in a crispy, crunchy, smoky, delightfully messy sandwiches.
The "Old Faithful" ($5.53) is the original bacon, egg and cheese option, made with natural (not processed) cheddar and signature sticky, almost syrupy bacon, plus (I'm told) a few more secret touches.
The Tomato/Basil ($5.53) is the vegetarian breakfast sandwich option with a fresh pop of tomato and basil accompanying the cheddar and egg.
The Deluxe ($5.97) is essentially a mashup of the two made with bacon, tomato and basil, only available at Black Cat and not at any wholesale locations.
Lunch sandwiches ($7.50) include a daily changing option and a Jambon Beurre made with smoked ham, Swiss, Quebec artisanal pickles, butter, Dijon and pepper.
Pastries from widely reputed local supplier Circles and Squares include butter croissants ($2.50), pain au chocolat ($2.75), almond croissants ($3), fruit danishes ($3.25), loaves and scones ($2.75).
Though food and pastries are listed on menus made out of two-by-fours, don't expect to find coffee prices listed on chalkboards.
The intent behind this is to involve customers more in their selection, and help them choose what they really want without the distraction of cost.
All coffee is supplied by Social Coffee, including a custom Black Cat Espresso Bar Blend that's the default for all espresso-based drinks.
The best way to taste it is probably as an espresso ($3), all drinks made with double shots.
An Americano ($3.25) has a creamy, marbled surface that quickly gives way to the bold flavour of the chocolatey espresso.
Try a microground tea latte ($4) made with Genuine Tea microground chai if you're looking for a different way to get a caffeine dose.
Almost like a powder, the microground tea gives the latte a nice rich flavour that can't be matched by average syrups.
Matcha lattes ($4) are whisked to order, and use matcha that's also sourced from Genuine Tea and also has a similar caffeine boost to coffee, like the chai.