BEST NEIGHBORHOOD COFFEE HOUSE, NORTH PHOENIX - 2005
This spacious, welcoming room is a regular hangout for all manner of North Tatum habitués, from tat-covered crypto-hipsters to moms, business types and retirees just passing the time. Creature comforts predominate, including soft couches and chairs, a big flat-screen television, computer hookups, and a staff of kind young women (and an obligatory man or two) who try to remember everyone's name and what they like in the way of food and drink. The coffee is fine, and the eats are even finer, the latter with a distinct accent on the healthful stuff. We especially love the oatmeal/granola mix with the sugar glaze, topped by fresh fruit. A wall with news of local goings-on adds to the community feel of the joint. We could use Soma-More.