A cozy, red-brick neighborhood hotspot, Grant Park Coffeehouse serves up piping-hot or frosty iced cups of java alongside a packed menu of savory breakfast turnovers, healthy wraps, and freshly baked pastries. Stamp taste-bud passports with the piquant punch of European-inspired brews such as the espresso ($1.95–$2.25), or perform daring high dives into a frothy cappuccino ($2.75–$4.50). The homebrew ($1.50–$3.50) brims with classic flavors, and the pumpkin-spice latte ($3.50–$4.50) puts palates in mind of autumnal romps through raked leaves. Turn punches into lunch fare like a wizard during a boxing match with the three-cheese grilled-cheese sandwich ($4), welling with cheddar, swiss, and provolone, or keep lunch fare company with a chips and large drink combo for $2.
Decorated like a float that just escaped the Mardi Gras parade, Just Loaf'n Food Truck is the mobile sibling of the brick-and-mortar restaurant Just Loaf'n. The food truck bops around to locations that include food festivals, farmers' markets, and late-night drag races, stopping in to serve up New Orleans–style po' boys, jambalaya, and 25 flavors of sno balls. The chefs stay true to their theme by using authentic NoLa ingredients such as Patton's hot sausage, Leidenheimer french bread, and Gulf Coast shrimp.
Inside Mister & Miss Einstein’s pink and brown storefront, ice cream shares table space with cups of coffee and rich fruit smoothies. The shop’s homemade desserts include ice cream sandwiches, shakes such as the Georgia peach with peach pie and vanilla ice cream, and cherry-topped banana splits. An ice cream club held throughout the week entertains kids with treat-making lessons that teach them to craft their own ice cream and sorbets, better preparing them for the impending snowman apocalypse.
After a career teaching children in the local school system, the ladies behind Endulge Cupcake Boutique traded their No. 2 pencils and answer keys for mixing bowls and muffin tins. Refining their methods together, the pair uses natural and organic ingredients to create ornate cupcakes that mirror the change in the seasons. White-chocolate-peppermint cupcakes welcome the winter chill of January, and strawberry-lemonade, piña-colada, and Carribean-pound-cake flavors herald the arrival of spring and summer. Caramel-apple and pumpkin-pie treats signal the ascent of autumn, and gingerbread cupcakes dance through your dreams in December, only to fall down and get icing on the back of your eyelids.
Since 1986, JD Rothschild Gourmet Chocolate has warmed bellies with its instant, all-natural hot chocolates. The company's decadent blends greet lips with familiar flavors, such as premium chocolate and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, plus a few unorthodox ones, such as candy cane, salted caramel, and malted. The blends, which are packaged in decorative, reusable tins, are simple to prepare: customers just need to add hot water and stir, counter-clockwise if they're Australian.
JD Rothschild Gourmet Chocolate's chocolatiers also lead chocolate-making classes, which introduce students to different types of chocolate, including Valrhona and Callebaut. The classes go on to teach participants how to whip up a chocolate mousse, craft fine truffles, and create tasty cocoa rubs.
Most know that way to an iguana's heart is through its stomach, but it is useful to remember that human stomachs can be reached through the mouth, nose, eyes, and—if it's an emergency—the number written on the refrigerator's dry-erase board. Today's Groupon stimulates your gentle iguana heart with a sensational feast of sweet tastes, smells, and sights at Sweet Auburn Bread Company. For $15, you get $35 worth of old-fashioned baked goods and breakfast at the charming Auburn Avenue bakery.