Flying Star has become a staple and miniphenom here, and although it's a chain, it's locally owned and—just as at its Satellite Coffee spots around town—each outpost offers something a little different. The cavernous Downtown branch is a favorite for its striking setting inside the historic Southern Union Gas Co. building and its unexpected modernist motif; the North Valley locale is notable for its shaded outdoor patio. At the original Nob Hill space, the crowd is youthful and bohemian, and the space tighter. The concept works on many levels: it's a newsstand, late-night coffeehouse (there's free Wi-Fi), and an order-at-the-counter restaurant serving a mix of creative Asian, American, and New Mexican dishes (plus several types of wine and beer). Options include Rosemary Chicken with Couscous Risotto, MOO-ve Over Meat Veggie Burger, Tossed Cobb salad with tangy tomatillo dressing, turkey-and-Jack-cheese-melt sandwiches, and an egg- and chile-packed "graburrito." Desserts change often, but count on a tantalizing array. For a winning pick-me-up, employ some strong hot coffee to wash down a tall slice of the fantastic coconut cream pie.