Named for Herman Melville, Melville’s Mug celebrates the esteemed author with walls the color of the deep sea and a pair of carved, wooden whales. Fair-trade and organic coffee blends from Capital City Roasters top the café's burnished counter, as well as freshly baked pastries illuminated by the soft glow of pendant lights. The kitchen staff prepares a light menu of deli sandwiches, which diners can enjoy at a cluster of round, wrought iron café tables.
Lee and Barrye Cohen have been roasting and brewing fresh beans into caffeinated elixirs since 1976, when they first began expanding horizons with then-unheard-of espresso and cappuccinos. Using the same trusty vintage coffee roaster they used back then, they continue to roast aromatic gourmet beans. They brighten mornings and afternoon slumps with traditional coffee or energize lattes, mochas, and chai with rich espresso. Chefs cook up a menu of updated classics daily with local farm-fresh eggs and housemade sauces, stacking egg sandwiches with andouille sausage and deli sandwiches with pit-baked ham.
On select evenings, melodies and spoken words can be heard emanating from the Troy location, which hosts an open-mic night where local artists play music or slam poetry books onto the floor as guests sip cocktails and wine. The Cohens are proud of their local roots, and give back the loyalty they've received by frequently donating to local charitable causes. Daily Grind also has an online store, which outfits kitchens with loose-leaf teas, cappuccino machines, and gelato machines from brands such as Baratza, Gaggia, and Nemox.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Bake For You’s confectionery magicians mix together organic sugar and flour, free-range eggs, and creamy Vermont butter to conjure forth a daily menu of cupcakes, cookies, scones, and other decadent desserts. Made-to-order and filled with coconut and chunks of pineapple, carrot-cake cupcakes hide from prowling bunnies under thick swirls of cream-cheese icing. The oven light never sets on Earl Grey brownies ($27/dozen), which honor their queen with a crown of powdered sugar and impeccably polite chocolate flavors. Oatmeal-cranberry cookies ($18/dozen) harbor just enough bite to deter potential sweet-treat snatchers, and crispy scone sextets ($15) blend butter, cream, and flour with in-season fruits or savory cheddar and thyme.
After a change of ownership in January 2011, David’s Fine Foods expanded its repertoire of delicacies to include a heartier new menu of sandwiches and breakfasts served until 1:00 p.m. Start the day with a fluffy three-egg omelette ($4), or indulge in brunch-time decadence with a tri-layered stack of strawberry, blueberry, or chocolate-chip pancakes ($4). Diners can crunch into a crusty, freshly baked french roll stuffed with maple-roasted turkey breast and crisp lettuce ($4.95), or quietly sink teeth into lean Angus pastrami cloaked in a soft wrap that cushions cacophonous munching and provides an ideal meal to prevent librarian shushing or to pack for covert Bigfoot stake-outs ($5.95).
From its roadside location, Flavour2Go woos passing motorists with the aromas of robust coffee brews and velvety café drinks. Roll up to the lime-green façade to pick up a frothy pumpkin-spice latte ($4.80), in which the candlelit smirks of its constituent gourds faintly appear between nutmeg sprinkles. Steamed caramel apples ciders ($3.39) help guests taste fall's crispy splendor without having to chew through a freshly raked pile of leaves. Curb salty-sweet cravings by blanketing the tongue in salted-caramel mocha ($4.53), which blends currents of chocolate and sea salt as wind patterns of turbinado sugar sweep through. Alternatively, an iced Somoa latte ($4.80) capped with fluffy coconut can chill taste buds still hyped up about the new season of Meet the Press.