Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat that can be easily stored in pants pockets. The shop offers a variety of frozen confections, from milkshakes to large ice-cream cups and cones, hot-fudge sundaes, and signature pints. Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cake Batter, Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more.
Patrons sip on custom teas at Bubble Island, where staffers mix tapioca balls, or “bubbles,” with milk tea and creative flavors to concoct delightful chilled and hot beverages. Fresh fruit swims in many of the drinks, such as the green tea with mango stars ($3.65), and customers can often choose between bubbles and alternative drink accessories such as jellies and diamond-encrusted straws. As visitors lounge and mingle among the café's ample chairs or construct forts among the cozy benches lining the wall, they sip dulcet pourings of drinkable treats, such as milk tea with multicolored bubbles ($3.65).
Though inspired by the northern California cafés of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan’s modern coffee drinkers—in 2012 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the third year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a seasonally appropriate autumn spice blend and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
Artisanal roaster John Roos selects worthy beans from around the world that are almost always organic, fair-trade, and produced on bird-friendly farms. The loving care and tenderness he shows his caffeinated craft is evident all the way down the line: each batch of beans is roasted in small quantities before being packaged in a handsome, hand-printed bag designed by the owner himself. Choose from a bevy of brews, including favorites such as the signature sipper, Lobster Butter Love, the brooding, bittersweet Mother Pheasant Plucker, and the Rich French Neighbor, which like most actual residents of France is imbued with notes of luxurious dark chocolate (all $7/half-pound, $13/pound).
Ann Marie’s, a '50s-style eatery, hushes hunger with classic diner favourites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The menu showcases six varietals of eggs benedict ($8.99–$10.69) and homemade muffins, granting fuzzy-brained morning eaters the recommended daily bacon necessary for neural activity. Burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches such as the pulled-pork sandwich sate overeager salivary glands ($10.29). Enjoy two complimentary cups of coffee while selecting a dessert or brunch-hour palate cleanser, such as a milkshake ($4.99) or ice-cream sundae ($5.69). A black-and-white checkerboard floor evokes a bygone era, and diners dissatisfied with modern-day buggies will appreciate the classic-car theme imbued throughout the restaurant.
The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 16 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972 - the company celebrates its 40th anniversary on November 14th, 2012 - and now shares its oven-borne prowess with three other Toledo-area locations as well as one in Ann Arbor, MI.