There are a few essential factors that make a café a great spot to bring your laptop and get some work done: comfortable seating and table space, a solid Wi-Fi connection, and strong coffee. Good Bellies has it all — and then some. The locally owned Temescal coffee house has smaller tables (to accommodate solo workers) and larger ones (perfect for group studying or meetings). The Wi-Fi also reaches the café's outdoor tables, which can make laptop work on a sunny afternoon all the more pleasant. Productive work also requires more than just good coffee, and there's no shortage of tasty and healthful food options at this family-run establishment. The best items on the menu are the delicious — and filling — vegan dishes, including a vegan pulled pork sandwich, a veggie club with coconut bacon, and a chickpea salad sandwich. The business also serves wine and beer, which can be a nice reward after hours of work. And when you patronize this business, you're supporting the opposite of Starbucks. The owner, Allegra Handy-Madsen, lives just a few blocks away and has put on regular music and arts events at Good Bellies since it opened four and a half years ago.
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