Advances in technology have made life sweeter, from computers, to satellite TV and radio, to that thing without which none of them could even turn on, The Clapper. Tech-ing up the coffeehouse, Cafe Nineteen
Just arrived in the former space of PJ's Coffee, Nineteen's an all-day eatery/Illy-coffee-brewing lounge, with a flatscreen-TV'd menu, hand-painted copper ceiling tiles, an eight-seat Indian Mango wood table, misting patio fans, and heaps of web functionality, including meal ordering from your laptop, a wall of local art buyable from their website, and the ability to request overheard songs from your iPhone or submit your own tracks, providing the fresh feeling of getting shot down in a coffee shop in a whole new way. All-day breakfast starts at 8:30, with made-to-order omelets or egg plates like the Salmon (w/ cream cheese, onion, & capers), plus sandwiches on bagels, croissants, or biscuits, like the egg/cheddar/choice of meat Southern Scramble, which is even better than Mike Vick's, cause Nineteen's doesn't murder dogs. Lunch offers paninis like the Hot & Bothered (ham, peppers, bacon, tomatoes, onions, & mozzarella); mushroom, bacon, & egg-topped burgers w/ kettle chips; pasta including Sauteed Gulf Shrimp in parmesan cream sauce w/ smoked bacon; and pizzas like the Angus Steak & Cheese or the W.Y.W.O.Y.P (whatever you want on your pizza), with choice of three tops -- for inspiration, consider W.W.J. Want on His Pizza
Around noon, Nineteen swings closed the coffee-and-tea-stacked bar racks to expose a hidden cache of booze, including a full liquor bar, bottled domestics and imports (Sweetwater 420, Boddington's, Lindeman's Framboise Lambic), and wines like Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz and Cakebread Chardonnay -- choices that should warrant applause, ironically shutting down their whole operation.