Soul food is a tradition for the Dorsey family, and their bar and restaurant serves it up seven days a week. The lounge has table service and plenty of seating at the bar. Dorsey’s hosts a spoken-word and comedy open mic on Tuesdays, karaoke on Thursdays and Saturdays, DJs on Fridays, and live music on Sunday evenings.
For great coffee a short walk from the MacArthur BART station, Cafe Dejena fits the bill. Prices are reasonable, there’s free wireless, and the decor is bright and welcoming. The menu is a mix of Eritrean, Italian, and standard American food.
Celebrated for fresh and gourmet-style lunch fare, this small cafe ironically shares space with a convenience store. Although it may be somewhat disorienting to order a goat-cheese-and-arugula sandwich on Artisan bread while wire racks of candy and jerky loom in the near-distance, any cognitive dissonance vanishes with the first bite. Crunch into organic pesto, thick cucumbers, locally grown arugula, and know happiness. Like the superb and reasonably priced sandwiches, inspired smoothies feature healthy ingredients gathered from local farmers’ markets. No foodie should complain. Quality pastries served, organic and Fair-Trade coffee. Cash only.
Tribu Cafe has a large space devoted to offering pastries, homemade food, coffee, and teas. There is an outdoor patio for customers to enjoy their beverages or food along with free wi-fi. If customers don't wish to sit at the food and espresso bar, there are couches for them to relax upon.