Espresso Roma 2960 College Ave./Ashby Ave., Elmwood, (510) 644-3773. Daily 6:30am-10pm.
Supremely well located on a busy corner on a popular shopping street, Roma’s kitchen offers pre-made sandwiches and pastries along with specialty coffees.
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Among the drinks are lavender lemonade, soy chai latte, caramella latte, Italian sodas, draft beers, and my choice--a frothy mocha bianca.
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The breakfast menu includes bagels and eggs.
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For lunch, a sample salad platter includes three salads of your choice--perhaps curried cauliflower, marinated beets, or roasted Brussels sprouts--plus toasted foccacia bread. From 4 p.m. on, buy a pint and get a free slice of pizza. Popular as a hangout for students and travel writers completing guidebooks, this spacious coffeehouse has several large rooms with high ceilings and provides plenty of outlets, wi-fi, and good people watching, plus outdoor seating is available in front.
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