Celebrating 10 years in business in 2012, Countryside Catering & Cafe conquers hunger with homemade dishes crafted from fresh ingredients. The family-run operation doles out skillets, burgers, and daily specials from within a cozy café setting, and also feeds social gatherings big or small with full-service catering options, as well as with its mobile concession stand.
Brewing up a bevy of coffees, teas, and espressos, Ice House is an ideal hangout for caffeine freaks and chamomile junkies alike. To suit traditionalist sensibilities, stick to the basic coffees ($1.50–$2) or café lattes ($2.95–$3.70), and for more daring drink desires, sample from Ice House's variety of creative concoctions. Try a self-explanatory raspberry white-chocolate mocha ($3.20–$4.20) or the grasshopper frappe, a refreshing blend of espresso, mint, and vanilla, topped with whipped cream and imitation grasshoppers made from real crickets ($3.95–$4.45).
Named after the early-morning first shift for crew aboard seafaring vessels, First Watch ensures chefs arrive at work with the rising sun, chopping fresh produce, baking muffins, and mixing french toast batter each day. As guests arrive, perky servers greet them with an entire pot of Sunrise Select coffee, as well as the morning paper and free WiFi. Since 1983, First Watch’s carpe-diem philosophy has spread to more than 100 locations across 13 states, pleasing crowds with thin, sweet crepes and fluffy whipped eggs, hash brown skillets, and enormous multigrain pancakes. Recently placed at the top of a Consumer Reports list of best family restaurants, First Watch takes the customer experience seriously. Chefs focus entirely on crafting nourishing sunrise feasts and midday meals, shunning afterthoughts of steaks and burgers for edible masterpieces of omelets, belgian waffles, homemade biscuits, and wholesome lunch salads and sandwiches.
During a visit to a gelato caf? in Darmstadt, Germany, the proprietors of La Coppa met two second-generation gelato masters, Italians Alfredo and Maurizio, who dreamed of bringing distinctive gelato to American shores. This dream was fulfilled through La Coppa Artisan Gelato, where dessert artisans craft more than 40 of Alfredo and Maurizio?s sweet, silky creations. They make each batch of creamy gelato and fat-free sorbet onsite using fresh fruits, all-natural ingredients, and original recipes. These artisans top their artistic dessert creations?such as the gelato spaghetti?with snickers bars, ladyfingers, tiramisu, and made-to-order waffles. To keep their guests full and energized, friendly staff members craft cappuccinos and lattes from their own custom blend of locally roasted coffee beans. Customers who can't decide between caffeine and frozen treats can combine both with latte infusions or affogato. Latte infusions steam milk and gelato together to create a unique flavor and texture, while hot espresso tops gelato in affogato drinks.
The staff at Frooties solves the problem of finding healthy food on the go with vitamin-packed smoothies, freshly blended fruit juices, and bubble teas all made to order. With its customers’ ease in mind, the business uses innovations in the way orders are placed, such as self-serve options and an app customers can use at home or in the office so orders are ready for pickup.
Amid a casual ambience, Ironworks Cafe slakes stomach suspirations with breakfast and lunch menus founded on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast-farers halt hunger with classic dishes, such as eggs benedict with ham served with your choice of side salad, fresh fruit, or potatoes ($8); or an Ironworks skillet stuffed with roasted potatoes, savory sausage, peppers, and onions, blanketed with pepperjack cheese and over-easy eggs ($8). For lunch, quiet midday stomach rumblings with a savory sandwich, such as the swiss-chard and oyster-mushroom melt ($8.50), or order your inner-brontosaurus a large spinach salad tossed with chevre, cucumbers, and toasted nuts in a berry vinaigrette ($5.75).