Angelina’s Coffee & Yogurt is named for owner Donald Vernon’s 6-year-old daughter. The single dad juggles running the café and taking Angelina to school, and has friends who babysit when he works on weekends. He opened the cafe in Midtown a year ago serving coffee drinks and self-serve frozen yogurt and slowly began adding food. On offer are crepes and sandwiches on sourdough, whole-grain and rye bread that come with a small side salad or chips.
Growing up in Brookfield, Wis., Vernon visited his grandmother in Fort Lauderdale every year. After earning his degree back home, he moved here 25 years ago and opened several record stores. He sold that business to open Angelina’s.
Folks come here for omelets and fluffy, vanilla-scented waffles that are available all day. Top the waffles with fruit from a bar with berries, bananas, kiwi, green apples, pineapple and mango. The fruit can also be added to the yogurt along with sprinkles, cereal and candies. (The yogurt is from Honey Hill Farms in Arkansas.)
The gooey grilled cheese sandwiches are flavorful with additions like Dijon mustard, mashed avocado, and caramelized onions. Try havarti and prosciutto, gouda with ham, red onion and spinach or brie with apple and walnuts. Wraps are on artisan flatbread rolled up with filling such as five-spice chicken, tuna, roast beef, turkey and chorizo with dressings and greens.
Crepes come folded around ratatouille, spinach and bacon and pastrami with sauerkraut, Swiss and thousand island (any sandwich can be customized). The S’more crepe with marshmallow and chocolate syrup will please your inner kid, while Orange Blossom Pilsner from Orlando will make your adult kid happy.