The coffee is tasty and the treats are sweet, but what makes Meeting Grounds stand out is its atmosphere. Less than a block off St. Germain, the building's polished granite facade swirls with colors while the sun shines through stained glass windows dating to its early days as a church. It creates a warm, solid, almost pub-like atmosphere. Customers tuck into booths, set up laptops at tables or gather around sofas at this long, narrow shop that serves hot and cold breakfast and lunch, and plenty of snacks in between -- including sweet temptations such as thickly frosted kringler pastries, mammoth cardamom cookies, monkey bread and thick wedges of pumpkin bread. It's also known for a rotating schedule of sandwiches and soups. Thursday's Italian potato soup loaded with skin-on potatoes, sausage and spinach is so popular that you might catch a fan eating it for breakfast.