Though the name is sometimes confusing (it's a combo of the names of owners Susan Maloney and Vanessa McManamon), don't hesitate to duck into this spacious cafe and bakery any chance you get. Not only does the healthy food speak for itself, there never seems to be a monopoly on tables, the air is always just chilly enough, and the vibe is very we're-here-to-please casual.
The food here is not to be missed, being truly generous and cost-conscious at the same time. The giant sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh baked goods are always right on the money, while the vegetarian chili is some of the best the city has to offer (served alongside delicious cornbread).
Even when the place is packed, there never seems to be any raucous noise bouncing off the walls; instead, it's more of a grab a magazine (there are tons of them up front) and chill for a minute type of place. Every dish is made to order and nothing on the menu even comes close to a ten-spot. There aren't any booths, but the wide tables offer plenty of space to unpack your computer and make good on a full day doing nothing but havin' hot chocolate (delicious and totally homemade) and flippin' through the paper (while pretending to work).
The crowds that roll into this hideaway seem to be totally non-descript, just kickin' it, knowing that they've happened onto something good, something cheap, something fresh and something with a twist. Simple food, strong coffee, plus amazing desserts and not a soul seems to know it even exists; go now, while the goin' is still good.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Misty Tosh