Who Brews The Best Java In Wilton Manors?

So, if you’re in Wilton Manors and you want a good cup of coffee you have a few choices.  First, let’s admit, it’s not all about the coffee.  It’s about the atmosphere.   There are three coffee houses in Wilton Manors.  You have the original Java Boys.  They are totally the frontiersman, here long before anything about Wilton Manors was cool.  Then, things picked up and of course, Starbucks moved in followed by your neighborhood Dunkin Donut.  So, here’s our take on things. As far as a good cup of coffee, Dunkin Donuts always wins.  Smooth taste and not too jittery unless you get their ice coffee and then you’ll feel like you want to crawl out of your skin and scratch your teeth.  What’s up with that Dunkin Donut.?  Are you putting Crystal Meth is your ice coffee?  Really, it’s just too much.  And the Dunkin Donut atmosphere is not welcoming for those who want to sit, enjoy their java and maybe have a conversation with a new friend.  They have a few seats inside and some outside tables but nothing welcoming or inviting.  You feel like you’re at a McDonalds.  And the crowd that does hang out there looks like they should be working at McDonalds.  My guess, totally unemployed, retired or on disability. OK, so let’s move on to Starbucks.  Starbucks is Starbucks and their success is in their consistency.  My opinion, their regular coffee is so fucking bitter that you  have to drown it with cream and sugar to get anything that’s doesn’t cause colon blow .  Their ice coffee isn’t as sketchy as Dunkin Donuts so they would be a good choice for ice coffee if you don’t feel like you want to be so jittery that you’d go on a killing spree.  For the “diet conscious” Starbucks offer a skinny, non fat vanilla latte which is really deceiving.  You see, when someone removes fat from “non fat” they add sugar for flavor and when they make something “sugar free” they are adding fat, well, for flavor.   So, while the vanilla flavoring is sugar free, it has fat added.  And while the cream is fat free, they added sugar.  Shame on you Starbucks for misleading your consumers willing to pay $5.00 for a cup of sugared fat. Now, as far as ambiance goes, Starbucks is o.k.  You are going to find all the gay boys who think they’re cool because they spend $5 for a cup of coffee.  You’ll pretty much see the same tired people  every day and they  are very much like those high school clicks you can’t stand.   Most people keep to themselves with their nose in their computer or stay in their own little groups ignoring everyone else.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s just not social. The best thing about Starbucks is their employees.  They are trained to know you by name and know what you drink.  The other coffee houses do this as well but it’s Starbucks who’s made this a standard of operation.  And let’s face it, it feels good when a bartender knows you by name and knows your drink…in an alcoholic sort of way. The absolute worst thing about Starbucks is their parking. I’ve known at least 8 people who have had accidents either by being backed into or backing into someone in the parking lot.  I myself was hit by two elderly  lesbians visiting from Canada.  (Seriously, can’t you get Starbucks in Toronto?) .  When I took my car into the shop for repairs, the owner told me that this parking lot has been a gold mine for him and he keeps his cards posted on their business bulletin board.  It’s even worse on Saturday’s and Sunday’s when all of the public parking is bought up and hoarded by Rosie’s Bar and Grill.  And if you park in the nearby Publix’s parking lot, expect to be towed.  They’ve gotten sort of pissy about this.

So, on to Java Boys.  They used to be the only game on Wllton Drive and have somehow survived the likes of Starbucks and Dunken Donuts.  I think the reason for their survival is they’ve stayed true to who they are.  Remember, Central Perk on the show Friends? Well, Java Boys is a lot like that.  When you walk in you feel like you’re walking into an friends house.    First of all, there is lots of parking and it’s not dangerous.  But once you get inside it’s quite a cozy feeling.  Just like that couch in Central Perk on Friends. But there are  lots of couches and chairs as well as big screen TV that are either playing movies, big gay icon video concerts, or the morning news.  You really want to hang around.  They also have plenty of work space if you need to hook up to the Wi-Fi and get some work done.   I think this atmosphere tends to connect people.  After all, when you’re seeing your favorite seen from Mommy  Dearest, you can’t help but look at the person next to you and have a laugh together.  A great environment to meet people and not feel so isolated in a world that’s kept our faces stuck in smart phones and computers. So how’s the coffee at Java Boys?  It’s good.  Honestly, I think they serve Dunkin Donuts coffee.  It’s that good but feels like it has a bit more affine. They also have a pretty broad selection on their menu for lunch and breakfast as well as some desserts which are all average but hit the spot.

I think everyone knows what Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have as far as eats.  For Dunkin Donuts, I’d recommend the egg white and spinach breakfast sandwich.  Starbucks has a similar wrap which is better.  Starbucks also has an egg salad sandwich which I really want to like but I always find that it just taste like a lot of white bread.   They should really let up on the white bread (maybe even offer it on whole wheat)  and not be so stingy with the actual egg salad.  Come on, your company is making a fortune on that overpriced coffee.  Give us some real free reign, organic egg salad.   The food at all three places is adequate but not healthy and if your vegan you won’t find anything. Overall, we stick with the original Wilton Manors Coffee House, Java Boys.  Great Atmosphere.  Good coffee and foods. Stress free parking.  The friendly people of all three places. Give them a try and let us know what you think.

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