It’s a lounge.
It’s a café.
It’s Daily Planet Coffee Company, a super restaurant adding to the trendiness of Hertel Avenue.
When a coffee shop dubbed Daily Planet cropped up in North Buffalo, this Lois Lane and mother of a superhero fanatic had to check it out.
Owners Mike and Lynne Caputi’s love of coffee, the city and their hero blend to create a warm sipping and dining experience. While they stress that their café helps them to spread awareness of other cultures, foods and coffees from free-trade organizations around the world, local music and art are featured as a show of love and support of those at home, as well.
Upon entering from the Parker Avenue side, customers are welcomed by the warmth of a natural gas fireplace and of the server behind the counter, who is eager to introduce the many coffees, pastries and sandwiches. Once they turn the corner, customers find an expansive sitting area with room to chat, eat and surf the Web. The wood/brick interior with brown, red and darker orange hues adds to the coziness.
Hints of the Superman theme dot the restaurant: a book of newspaper comic strips, an antique camera that Jimmy Olsen (and my husband) would envy and a Wi-Fi password that would make the hero cringe (sorry, you’ll have to visit to get the password).
When I visited, the medium blend of the day was Brazilian Vista Allegra and the bold was a French roast. (Sizes are 12, 16 or 20 ounces ranging from $1.84 to $2.07.) Choosing the latter roast, I was not disappointed, as the flavor was robust. It was just the kick I needed to finally find my alertness on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Other beverages included café au lait, cocoa, espresso and lattes ($3.50 to $4.35), teas and cold drinks ($1.95 to $3.65) and frozen drinks ($3.95 small, $4.45 large).
Alongside my wake-up juice, I enjoyed a turkey and Gouda panini, which was stuffed with generous amounts of meat and cheese and complemented with spinach and tomato. The Gouda added a classy, different twist to the grilled sandwich.
Daily Planet also offers a huge American/cheddar grilled cheese panini ($3.95, $2.95 for small) that’s so toasty, you can hear the crunch from the next table. Egg and cheese sandwiches also are available ($2.95), and customers may add bacon or sausage ($3.35) and spinach ($3.25).
Cakes, pies, streusel and more top off the meal, including cheesecake ($2.35), apple pie bites ($1.50) and gluten-free and vegan scones ($2.25).
Where: 1862 Hertel Ave. (551-0661)
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Wheelchair accessible: Yes.
Extras: Music during the evenings including piano jazz, ukulele, guitar and more (check website for schedule); gift baskets and gift certificates available.