A trip to Noble Tree is like a visit to your eccentric aunt's house, minus the stirrup pants and mothball smell. Comfy, overstuffed chairs bump up against floor-to-ceiling bookcases containing self-help tomes, textbooks, and whatever else they wouldn't buy back at the used bookstore. If you've come without something to do, you'll find plenty to read. Occupying three floors of a grand stone house, Noble Tree is spacious enough that those who want to talk and those who want to focus can co-exist without disturbing each other. The nightly pie special is pretty good, though the coffee and tea aren't anything to write home about. The atmosphere is what sets this joint apart from the cookie cutter coffee houses.