Coffee & Treats in Athens

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At T’s Cones & Coneys, the menu's boardwalk-style fare tastes like summer year-round. T’s specializes in creative hot dogs, such as the Rueben, topped with thousand-island dressing and sauerkraut, and the Lil Spicy Chicago dog, which hides a dollop of coney sauce beneath hot Italian pepper relish. It also serves up grilled sandwiches and subs, all of which partner perfectly with frozen treats such as hand-dipped ice-cream cones, malts, and root-beer floats.

11109 Hebron Rd
Buckeye Lake,
OH
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Cake Decor LLC is a one-stop destination for cake lovers, providing supplies, classes, and its own custom-decorated cakes. A team of Wilton-certified chefs creates imaginative designs to fit special occasions of all kinds, and shares their confectionary-crafting skills during hands-on cake-decorating classes. Amid a storefront stocked with an array of baking equipment, molds, party and wedding-specific supplies, and fondant tools, Cake Decor's chefs demonstrate how to build custom desserts that are a step above traditional cakes or melted Jolly Ranchers molded into a bust of Cookie Monster.

607 Main St
Groveport,
OH
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Part bowling alley, part bar, and part restaurant, Rule 3 takes pride in providing fun for the entire family. Lace up a pair of bowling loafers ($3 per pair) and take to the lanes (up to a $30 value per hour per lane on Friday nights and weekends) with up to five of your favorite comrades, where you'll be able to practice your armswing arm-in-arm. Each of Rule 3's 14 luxurious lanes is equipped with an automatic scoring system and a loyal ball return, so if you strike, it will be noted, and if you gutterball, it will also be noted, but the nonjudgmental ball will roll back into your waiting arms. Although food and drink purchases are not included in today's Groupon, take advantage of Rule 3's modern, lounge-like eatery to recharge by knocking down some burgers and cold ones after a midmorning of knocking down pins. Open bowling is available all day, every day (click here for hours of operation), giving avid orb-hurlers a chance to scratch the nocturnal sporting itch that refuses to be sated by paper football alone.

650 Windmiller Dr
Pickerington,
OH
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Every morning, Rita's Italian Ice's dessert-makers show up to work and start smashing fruit to bits. They extract the juices, natural sugars, and sweet flesh of each to infuse into their freshly-made italian ices. The ices pair well with custards and creams for mixed treats, or serve as refreshingly cool treats on their own. The staff even take small groups on behind-the-scenes tours of their kitchens, teaching the secrets to freezing mango juice into a silky-smooth texture or milking a banana.

200 Granville St
Columbus,
OH
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A sweet tooth is worth 12 bicuspids on the tooth-fairy black market. Rediscover your sweet spark with today's deal: for $5, you get $12 worth of dessert at Ganache Dessert Kitchen. This sugarplum sanctuary is located about 8 miles outside of downtown Columbus in Gahanna. You can purchase up to two Groupons, but they must be used in separate visits, just like those fighting fish that you were supposed to keep in separate bowls. Use your first to get the ball rolling and the second to silence the withdrawal created from the first.

1155 N Hamilton Rd
Gahanna,
OH
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Sweet frosting on a layered petit four. Intricate notes emanating from a nearby piano. Steam rising off a teacup as it sits on a delicate saucer. Signs of old-world elegance permeate every corner of Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, and owners Anand and Doris Saha wouldn't have it any other way. The European-trained couple had been slinging their famed tortes and sugary delicacies in the Columbus area for more than 17 years, having learned the ins and outs of pastry making when training in some of Europe's best restaurants and hotels. Mozart’s has more than 80 authentic European delicacies, which have snagged them titles including Best Dessert from Columbus Alive and Best Bakery from Columbus Monthly. Petit fours and truffles are created using imported ingredients from Europe. Continental favorites ranging from beef stroganoff and chicken cordon bleu to bavarian-style wiener schnitzel reproduce the timeless flavors found in dining rooms from Marseille to Munich.

During their European-inspired afternoon tea, a mini meal of pastries parades to tables arm in arm with a steaming cup of 1 of 16 different loose-leaf teas. Alongside decaf and herbal blends, english-breakfast, earl-grey, darjeeling, and rose-petal teas steep in mugs, letting mitts warm up after stealing the noses of arctic explorers. Canapés come in one-bite flavor explosions crowded with curried chicken salad, tomato and provolone, and smoked salmon with cream cheese. Miniature scones cloaked in devonshire cream and fruit preserves serve as diminutive feasts, and peach marzipan and chocolate petits fours, gluten-free truffles, or tea cookies drop a sweet curtain over the afternoon snack.

Soon, Mozart's culinary team will pair this commitment to European elegance with an equally stately local landmark: beginning in early 2013, the cafe will occupy a new spot in the historic halls of High Street's iconic Cord Camera building.

2899 N High St
Columbus,
OH
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