For as often as us carnivores crave savory beef or juicy poultry, we must also remember to provide some healthier forms of nourishment for our hard working bodies. Balance is key, dear readers. This well-known fact, and National Cappuccino Day (today Wednesday, November 8), is precisely why we decided to steer clear of the pollo, carne and even the gill-bearing pescado during our latest exploration of local food fare.
At the end of another long work week, our quest for caffeine and greens led us straight to The Sugar Cube, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant nestled in the heart of the Art Village on Main. Like other places that we have encountered throughout Dishin’ It, The Sugar Cube rises from the ashes left behind from its predecessors.
Trisha: Ok, “rises from the ashes”? That may be a bit too much.
Gaby: Cut me some slack I just watched “X-Men: The Last Stand”. I’m inspired.
Trisha: Okay, Phoenix, we’ll leave it.
We were greeted by our friendly baristas as soon as we walked into The Sugar Cube. Just like its name its location is small and full of sweetness. The place is probably about 30 by 40 feet but every inch is aptly used, including a DJ Booth on the North end that’s used for their Open Mic Nights (next one on November 10).
FUN FACT: The Sugar Cube’s owner Weldon Greagrey is also part of the local rap scene and founded Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice Catering Company.
The five o’clock sun engulfed the coffee shop with warmth and light, making us feel right at home. The walls were filled with hip art pieces and a mural on one. We walked towards the counter, looked up and read all the variety of offerings they had on their menu.
Trisha: You know me and java, doll. I’m not much of a fan. You’ll have to take this one.
Gaby: Always taking one for the team…. Ok, “One cappuccino and a blueberry bagel with jelly for me…. No make it cream cheese… no jelly...no cream cheese. Can I have it all?”
Trisha: “I’ll have an unsweetened, iced green tea and...what to order...found it! A Loaded Quesadilla, sans “beef crumbles”, please.”
The Loaded Quesadilla, filled with diced peppers and mushrooms, is served with a side of pasta salad (garden rotini) and tortilla chips with salsa made from grilled red, yellow and orange peppers. It’s perfect for satisfying a late afternoon craving.
Gaby: Te voy a manosear la quesadilla.
Trisha: Paw away! Mi quesadilla es tu quesadilla.
Gaby: My cappuccino made with almond milk had the right amount of kick for someone like me who walks a fine line between Tea and Coffee. Plus, the giant, ceramic coffee mugs made me feel right at home.
Trisha: Yup, now I know what to get you for your upcoming birthday. Your very own “Hello, Gorgeous” mug. (lol)
The Sugar Cube’s menu features breakfast items like oatmeal and soyrizo tacos. But if breakfast isn’t your thing their central location makes it a great lunch spot. You can enjoy dishes like veggie hummus wrap, loaded taquitos, a classic burger or an Italian Chicken Melt. But remember, it’s all VEGAN and DELICIOUS!
Even though there are few seats available indoors the tables and chairs found throughout the Art Village act like an extension of The Sugar Cube’s living room and will probably be our favorite area to hang out as soon as the temperature hits below 75 degrees.
Make sure to follow The Sugar Cube on their social media platforms @sugarcubelife to stay up to date on their upcoming events or new treats added to their menu. The Sugar Cube is open Monday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; closed on Sunday. You can visit The Sugar Cube staff at 800 North Main, Ste. 500, McAllen, TX 78501.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.