I had a great experience at Bunna Coffee on Sunday. It is a "fair trade" independent coffee house on the NW corner of Rural and Elliot. I wanted to post about it here because it is easy to miss and I want it to succeed as it is the only worthwhile place I can walk to.
My wife got a frozen drink and I got a standard latte. Our drinks were good and the cheese danish I got was good as well. The service was friendly and knowledgeable. These guys are passionate about coffee and know how to prepare it well. The shop itself is beautiful with plenty of comfortable seating and free Wi-Fi. You walk inside and the whole strip-mall-vibe melts away. This place could pass for Seattle or San Francisco.
If your morning commute takes you down Elliot Rd, give this place a shot as opposed to the Starbucks down the road.
In an ideal world, the vacant spaces next to these guys would fill up with more high quality independent businesses, adding a much needed kick to the dining options in this area. A pub like the Roosevelt without the craftsman home would be a start. I can dream...