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.
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.
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!