Between the pastel paint on the walls and abundance of chicken breast, blue cheese and artichoke hearts on the menu, you'd be forgiven for feeling like you'd hitched a ride back to 1993 upon opening the door to the John Street Cafe. However, given that much of the neighborhood's main drag hasn't progressed beyond the late 1970s (which, let's face it, is why we love St. Johns in the first place), eating at this always-packed brunch joint feels practically modern. Fresh vegetables abound on both the breakfast and lunch menus, and the sizable lunch sandwiches, instead of coming with the diner-standard side of freezer-burned iceberg lettuce, are accompanied by either roasted potatoes or a sweet-and-vinegary cucumber salad. You can't go wrong with the TAB—sliced turkey breast, avocado and bacon on thick and crusty whole wheat bread ($9.75)—and be sure to check the specials board above the cash register for the day's soups and desserts.