About Us

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What Makes Us Fluent in Fresh?

It’s more than superior ingredients. It’s more than the worldliness of our menu. It’s about articulately expressing freshness in everything we do. So let’s do lunch. Or breakfast. Or dinner. Pretty soon, you’ll be speaking our language.

Our People

Much like starting with the freshest ingredients yields flavorful results, starting with the best people delivers a better experience. That’s why we stock every store with passionate personalities who’ve mastered our fresh language – go ahead and ask them yourself.

Sound like you? Find out how to join our team.

Our History

We opened the first Cafe Express in 1984 out of a passionate desire to craft quick, flavorful meals from fresher ingredients. Back then our recipes were crafted by Chef Del Grande – a James Beard Award winner. Today, we continue that culinary tradition by expressing freshness at all times. So come discover what speaks to your appetite.

Our Food

Cutting Board Sandwich

It’s pretty simple. Whether you’re craving a light-yet-flavorful salad or a stacked, juicy burger, you can count on us to serve it up fresh. Because fresh not only tastes good, it feels good. Tempted for more? Click here for our menu.

Oasis Bar

There’s no better way to keep the fresh conversation going than at our Oasis Table®. It’s loaded with tasty, high-end embellishments to add savor to your soup or bling to your burger. Now you can express your taste like nowhere else.

  • Imported capers
  • Imported sundried tomatoes
  • In-house roasted garlic
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Basted croutons
  • Spanish extra virgin olive oils
  • Imported Greek olives
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Cornichons
  • White wine and whole seed mustard
  • Fresh-made pickled carrots
  • Imported pepperoncinis
  • Italian breadsticks
  • Costa Rican habanero sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar