A stripe of bright green skirts each LimeBerry Yogurt's ceiling, leading patrons' eyes to a bank of stainless-steel dispensers framed in petite tiles. There, patrons fill paper cups with swirled ribbons of fro-yo flavors, such as rich chocolate truffle, tart wildberry, and creamy cake batter?up to 15 varieties in all. Confectionery caravans then move on to a toppings bar where they load on up to 80 choices of edible provisions, including warm fudge, fresh fruit, nuts, and marshmallow cream. Bright-green chairs host noshers beneath framed action shots of blueberries sticking triple backflips off a Yurchenko vault.
For more than 10 years, the mother-daughter owners of Rosie's Mountain Coffee House have filled their rustic cottage café with sweetly scented clouds billowing from freshly baked scones, pastries, and gourmet sandwiches. Bakers eschew imported Scottish haggis in favor of local ingredients, mingling Oregon natural fruits and nuts with the real buttermilk base of their signature scones. As diners gather around tabletops flanked by local artwork and vintage décor, they're free to sip organic, fair-trade teas or coffees or silence mumbling stomachs with lightweight soup and half-sandwich lunches.
De Nova Coffee Cafe serves up a menu full of fresh café fare and eyelid-expanding beverages from both its relaxed café and drive-thru window. Specialty sandwiches such as the sourdough-hugged horsey beef ($6.95) or the turkey pesto ($6.95) are served with chips and a pickle spear, the only valuable weapon for fighting against condiment rebellions, and the cranberry-walnut salad ($6.75) feeds famished vegetable stalkers. Breakfast plates report to demanding tongues with a cargo of potatoes and toast and the choice of two eggs ($5.50) or two eggs and two slices of bacon ($7). Signature drinks include hot, iced, or blended versions of mochas ($3–$4), lattes ($2.75–$3.75), and cappuccinos ($2.50—$3.50), as well as hot ($1.25–$1.75) and iced or blended ($1.50–$2) coffee.
Icy-blue decor covers the walls of Shivers Frozen Yogurt, mentally helping customers begin the cooldown process as they approach the shop’s selection of frozen yogurt. After browsing the self-serve dispensers, customers fill cups with swirls of their chosen frozen yogurt flavors, including customer favorites such cake batter, blackberry, and peanut butter. Guests can then customize their icy treat with a stop at the shop’s mix-in bar featuring options such as gummy bears, Reese’s Pieces, and fresh strawberries and kiwis, for a treat as unique as a root-beer-flavored snowflake.
As a teacher, Cathe Pearson is always asked to attend many social functions, from schoolwide potlucks to team-building outings. Instead of bringing the usual potato salad, veggie tray, or flame-roasted book reports, she started bringing batches of her handcrafted cookies. She soon realized that as soon as she broke open her signature red tins, people were already clamoring for more. That's when she got the idea to start baking professionally.
Pearson bakes up a blend of classic and original cookies, such as oatmeal raisin, jalapeño-infused milk-chocolate Mexicali, almond-butter cranberry, and peanut butter. Customers can also design their own cookies, choosing from four basic doughs—chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal, and sugar—and up to four adornments from a list that includes shredded coconut, white-chocolate chips, and locally grown nuts. To ensure that customers get the freshest batch possible, she delivers cookies in red tins the day they're baked and cooks with no preservatives or cryogenic agents.
Dedicating themselves to the unique pleasures of a cup of freshly roasted, skillfully brewed joe, Broadway Coffeehouse's baristas stay local, using beans from renowned Portland roaster Stumptown Coffee and stacking the display case with pastries from Salem's Great Harvest Bread Co.
The Oregonian aromas of the specialty brews and warm desserts fill the spacious café, whose expansive windows and crackling fireplace bathe the cushy couches and armchairs in natural light. A second-floor skyway overlooks the main seating area, and youngsters frolic in a family area while older people talk business in private conference rooms. In the warmer months, guests sit outdoors under the shade of patio umbrellas, safe from the sun's periodic spills of scalding-hot coffee.