A marriage of former teacher Tiffany Key's passion for cooking and her creative inclinations, Haute Mama Dessert Company crafts sweet confections inside a colorful shop layered in hot pink and leopard print. Key’s eye for color informs Haute Mama’s decadent cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other sugary morsels, which come in a rainbow of rotating flavors that draw on the chef’s southern culinary upbringing. Each batch of treats, including gluten-free and vegan goods, comes wrapped in Haute Mama's distinct pink, brown, and leopard packaging. Bright ribbons fall across the shop’s precisely designed corporate baskets, while artfully arranged spreads cater to larger events such as banquets, birthdays, or tea parties celebrating a stuffed animal’s newest litter.
Those seeking a break from their busy day routinely pop into Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie, where they indulge in a variety of handcrafted coffees, crepes, baked goods, and sandwiches that are prepared by a talented team of baristas and chefs. The menu showcases a selection of sweet and savory crepes, stuffed with ingredients like strawberries and Nutella or scrambled omelette, but also features sandwiches, piping hot soups, and a few wild cards like a grilled cheese waffle. And, of course, there are the specialty coffee drinks, each one made special by the addition of the baristas' famous latte art designs.
Palio?s Pizza Caf? may boast multiple locations, but the cuisine is unique to each kitchen. The restaurant?s chefs commit to serving specialty pizzas on handmade dough, crafted from high-protein, red-bran wheat. They top this crust with all-natural marinara and pizza sauces, real mozzarella cheese, and farm-fresh produce. The blending of fine ingredients produces some classic and more unusual pies, ranging from a meat lover?s with four staple pizza proteins to a pie that combines roasted flavors of poultry and cashews.
Of course, the restaurant?s commitment to quality doesn?t end with their food. They also invest time in making community events special. They regularly participate in fundraisers for high-school bands, charities such as the Arthritis Foundation, and local Scout troupes and chicken coops.
Fat Straws isn't making fun of its drinking implements—its straws have to be wide in order to suck out the large tapioca pearls resting at the bottom of the café's bubble teas. The traditional beverage made from Chinese black tea, creamer, and sugar teems with firm, never sticky tapioca balls that infuse each sip with a chewy surprise. For those who prefer a smooth texture, the café creates a slew of artisan teas available hot or iced, along with smoothies, slushes, and shakes, such as the Green Tea milkshake's blend of Japanese green tea and green-tea ice cream.
The Northern and Southern Indian dishes that popular Iravat's lengthy menu come from a chef with more than 18 years of experience. Inside the bistro, the chef uses a charcoal clay pot to sear yogurt and spices into marinated lamb or a coconut cream sauce into tender chicken Malai kebabs. There are also a bounty of vegetarian dishes, including such classics as the chickpea-based chana masala and the creamy spinach-and-cheese dish known as palak paneer. A daily lunchtime buffet grants a little taste of everything for diners who are indecisive or possess way too many taste buds.
The chefs at Kinoko reach for organic, local ingredients when preparing their menu of light Japanese fare. Dishes include pork dumplings, onigiri--rice balls laden with fillings such as tofu, salmon, or ground chicken--and a trio of fresh salads filled with veggies and optional proteins and dressings. An environmentally-aware eatery, Kinoko uses compostable and recyclable take-out packaging.