Broadneck's Best Patch Pick - Coffee
Who will you pick for best pick-me-up?
During the morning routine, there's no time for nonsense. Get the kids to school, get to work, get the dog fed and get the coffee that gets us through it all.
Here in Broadneck, residents are fortunate to have some excellent choices when it comes to their caffeinated fuel, whether it's part of a morning rush or part of a relaxing time-out from daily chores.
Naval Bagels has been a fixture in the Arnold Station Shopping Center since August of 2009. Like the name suggests, owners and employees are huge Navy fans who never hesitate to root for the home team. Even though Naval Bagels has a selection of espresso beverages and other fancy coffee drink items, manager Ronnie Woo believes there's something to be said for the basics.
"Our regular coffee really is what sells best," he said. "We grind our own beans here and every morning we find ourselves refilling the pots time and time again."
What's coffee without a bagel? Morning customers tend to enjoy a southerner bagel sandwich for breakfast and lunch customers crave the avocado delight. Although, keeping it basic can never be wrong; strong coffee and a bagel with cream cheese is a great way to start any day.
City Dock Coffee's owners really want to make sure customers have everything they've ever wanted from a coffee shop: from pastries to beverages, convenience to coziness, catering to coffee beans, they've got it covered. City Dock offers four convenient locations but it's the Bay Hills shop that serves Broadneck. Located on the corner of the Bay Hills shopping center, City Dock really is the coffee connoisseur's coffee shop. There is plenty of seating (both comfy chairs and small tables), the interior is rich and relaxing and the available wifi invites guests to stay for more than one cup of java.
'Tis the season for specialty coffee flavors and the gingerbread latte is a patron favorite. During the summer months, it's Jamaican iced tea. Top that off with a fully functioning kitchen and chefs who prepare all morsels from scratch, put a bow on it and you've got the entire package.
Cravings, located in the Cape Saint Claire shopping center, is aptly named, not only for the fare but for the atmosphere. Going in a different direction from most of the modern shops, Cravings tends to stay away from technology.
"We don't have any wifi here and people rarely even use their cell phones," explains owner Linda Chapman. "I notice that people are talking to each other rather than chatting on cell phones. They run into their neighbors and catch up on the latest gossip or talk about what's going on in their neighborhood or on their street."
Cravings offers a full breakfast along with their extensive beverage selection. Linda devoted a lot of time on her menu (think 12 years) and enjoys the fact that she has so many regulars that she has been able to memorize what most of them order. During warm weather, the Cravings Caramel Cooler is the drink of choice. In chillier times, patrons enjoy their hot coffee, chai tea, lattes and mochas.
"People have a choice to go anywhere," Linda said. "This is why we have to excel. Being here is like a home away from home and it's so important to me to create that atmosphere for our guests."