Fodor's Expert Review Mercury Café
Tripling as a health-food restaurant with sublime tofu fettuccine, fringe theater, and rock club in a downtown neighborhood, the Mercury Café specializes in acoustic sets, progressive, and newer wave music. Weekly swing and salsa dance lessons upstairs and poetry readings in a side room add to the appeal. No credit cards; there is an ATM on-site. The eatery also prides itself on its self-reliance on solar and wind energy and neighborhood tree and urban garden programs.