No one can say this coffee bar and deli is lacking in confidence. In fact, no one can say they’re lacking in much of anything. The soups, sandwiches, and salads live up to the café’s self-assured name, with chefs preparing their made-from-scratch fare from fresh ingredients, such as ciabatta bread, sliced avocado, and signature chicken salad. Fresh cookies and homemade soups make suitable companions for made-to-order sandwiches, and slices of house-made pecan pie tame unruly sweet teeth faster than a retainer lined with cake batter.
“Frozen” is a four-letter word at Novella Cupcakes. The eatery’s bakers whip up fresh cupcakes from gourmet ingredients, including Madagascar bourbon vanilla and cage-free eggs. The result is a menu of made-to-order treats in classic flavors such as The Pineapple—paradise cake made with real chunks of pineapple and topped with pineapple whipped cream. Other flavors include banana cake made with real bananas and walnuts and topped with cream cheese icing, and sweet potato cake baked with brown-sugar streusel and decorated with cream-cheese drizzle.
Deep in The Blue Plate Diner & Grill kitchen, chefs Kevin Mason, Johnny Davis, and Rachel Mason-Davis are hard at work. From open to close, the culinary team expertly navigates its floors, frying chicken and catfish in Cajun spices and simmering pots of gumbo and jambalaya on the stoves. Come Sunday, the trio joins forces to whip up a hearty brunch menu, pairing southern favorites with mimosas. Chefs tote platters of their freshly made dishes out into the dining room, where colorful vintage car art, an abundance of tabletops, and a absence of No High Fives Allowed signs creates a welcoming atmosphere.
When patrons pop into Berri Swirl, they don't just come for the tasty frozen treats; they come for the chance to take control of their own dessert destinies. As they march confidently to the self-service dispensers stocked with 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, they're already calculating which bits of Butterfinger chunks, blackberries, and gummy bears they're going to pluck from the do-it-yourself toppings bar packed with more than 40 toppings. Swirls of delicious low-fat yogurt infused with tastes ranging from snickerdoodle-cookie-dough to triple chocolate descend into holders including cups, cones, wafer bowls, and 55-gallon drums made of marzipan. Along with this variety of toppings and flavors, the fro-yo gurus maintain their healthy standards by concocting their creamy creations from genuine dairy, milk, and fruit purées and handpicking their ingredients from a variety of sources. After patrons take one last look at their creamy creations, they can browse magazines or surf free WiFi while wolfing down their sweet achievements.