If you are looking for some relaxation, it may be an momentary. Open City operates as a diner, bar, and coffeeshop. The atmosphere is more like a restaurant which is relatively noisy. Open City is a little too energetic to be a coffeeshop. The only thing that makes it a coffeeshop is the menu.
The waitress recommended the lattes which turned out to be the best choice. The caramel latte was delightful. It was smooth, frothy and creamy—and good to the last drop!
They have a good selection of teas. The genmaicha, Japanese green tea combined with roasted brown rice, has a warm aroma and a nutty flavor.
The desserts are tempting and the best thing on their menu. The honey lavender Bundt cake and the roasted corn flan soothe the taste buds. The flan was just right. It was smooth, not too runny or hard. The small bundt cake was calming. The lavender relaxed the senses.
The entrees, however, are an entirely different story. The OC Royale, a breakfast combination of eggs, toast and pancakes, wasn’t spectacular. The entrée was served lukewarm and the hash browns were semi-burnt. And the grilled tilapia BLT sandwich was sheer disappointment. The tilapia lacked seasonings and it was more burnt. The chili lime tartar sauce did nothing to save the sandwich. For the price itself, it isn’t worth it.
To add a coffeeshop to Open City is a misnomer. To get a relaxing atmosphere, you need to go to the yellow sunroom. However, they usually reserve it for groups of four or more. But don’t let it disappoint you. You can get in solo—if a table is available.