TAYLOR JONES | Spartan Daily
Brunch; it’s the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch that leaves the customer wanting more. Whether you are yearning for some hearty granola or a spinach souffle, brunch is the perfect time of day where you can get either.
Unfortunately for Downtown San Jose, some cafes are limited in their brunch menus. Sure, you have student friendly Flames Cafe with its bottomless mimosas or the modern restaurant known as The Table, which is situated in Willow Glen and a bit out of the way for downtown residents.
Thankfully, a new place has emerged for brunch and coffee-lovers alike. Located in the middle of Downtown San Jose is Social Policy, a cute cafe that now occupies the space where the Blackbird Tavern once stood.
Social Policy is a sister cafe to the ever popular B2 cafe, located in San Pedro Square. With more space to work on baked goods and food, SoPo (as it is also referred to) is a hub for customers who want to sit down and enjoy a hearty meal while also enjoying their coffee.
Recently, the shop has expanded their brunch hoursuntil2 p.m., making it easy for late risers to come and enjoy the delicious food that SoPo has to offer.
Sopo’s brunch menu includes everything from croissant sandwiches to avocado toast to spinach souffles. The cafe also doubles up as a bakery, so fresh croissants, muffins and other goodies are always stacked neatly at the front for customers to ogle over.
Aside fromitseasy going yet delicious menu, SoPo also serves coffee and teas. Since Social Policy is an independent coffee house like B2, its coffee menu is simplistic and is focused more on making a perfect cup of joe rather than a venti pumpkin spiced latte. Their beans come from Kickback, a roastery that is in San Jose and is also connected with B2.
For anyone wanting a simple coffee,their baristasdo pour overs and offer up a selections of different beans from around the world. The pour over gives the customer a rich and lasting taste of the coffeewith each bean having a distinct taste and aroma to them.
If you are more of an iced coffee drinker, then the cold brew is right up your alley. Made with older, more roasted beans, the cold brew is also rich in flavor and goes perfectly either black or with cream and sugar.
For the espresso drink lovers out there, Kickbacks’ espresso bean has notes of dark chocolate and tastes great as a simple shot or in a creamy cappuccino or latte. The baristas are skillfully trained in the art of coffee makingso customers can expect to get an amazing cup of coffee or an espresso drink that is too beautiful to ruin.
The food is just as delicious as the coffee, with a range of options for every eater out there. The avocado toast and granola bowls are a crowd favorite.
The avocado toast comes with mashed up avocado and radishes covering a thick slab of bread that was made in-house. Customers can stop there if they want, or they have the option to add a poached egg if desired. Do not be fooled by the measly thought of a small piece of toast with a avocado on it: this plate is healthy, hearty and will leave you full and satisfied.
The granola is also a favorite among customers, with it also being made in-house every morning. Customers have the option to put bananas and chia or strawberries and cacao on top, with it being a delicious and Instagram-worthy dish to eat.
With its relaxed atmosphere, delicious brunch and coffee menu and great location, Social Policy is a great place for students and business people alike.