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.
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.
Coffee in Motion’s baristas brew cups of Millars organic, wood-roasted, fair-trade coffee beans to create gourmet drive-thru coffees and espressos. At the Mission Street location, a cherry-hued bus serves caffeine-seeking patrons around the clock, as the café's 24-hour schedule allows patrons to flout legally mandated naptimes. Along with coffee, the staff serves up a full menu of real fruit smoothies, fresh pastries, and toasted bagel sandwiches with a choice of toppings. For tea drinkers, locally brewed My Chai teas awaken sleepy patrons and incite their heart rates to soar like Amelia Earhart's pet falcon.
Each of Salem's three locations have been owned by the Scheel family since 1989. At each of these locations, chefs combine Great Harvest's venerated, additive-free recipes with their own to craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using freshly ground flour and local honey. Each location designs their own menu that employs the season's freshest ingredients and harvests the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees.