Coffee & Treats in Aurora

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Each day, the diligent staff at NY Bagel Cafe & Deli fill their shop with scents of freshly brewed coffee and warm bagels straight from the oven. Seventeen varieties of the baked circles anchor an all-day breakfast menu, causing tongues to smack in approval of flavors such as plain, asiago cheese, and cinnamon raisin. Additions of meats, eggs, and cheeses transform the bagels into breakfast sandwiches, which complement stacks of pancakes drenched in sweet maple syrup. Alternatively, customers can sidestep breakfast fare and sink into a selection of salads and deli sandwiches, including turkey melts and cubans. Gooey swiss cheese melts over classic reubens, which pile sauerkraut atop either hot turkey or pastrami. NY Bagel Cafe & Deli can also cater events or deliver their eats directly to their customers' human-size terrarium.

14605 E Arapahoe Rd
Aurora,
CO
US

For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.

16873 East Iliff Avenue
Aurora,
CO
US

With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.

For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.

14151 E Cedar Ave
Aurora,
CO
US

Savory and sugary scents envelop customers when they walk inside Winchell's Donut House. That's because the shop specializes in 70 varieties of fresh cakey donuts and breakfast baked goods. Inside every dozen, staff sneak in 14 jelly donuts, crullers, long johns, and twists, with each available in a range of flavors and icings. Just as they pack their "dozen" with 14 donuts, they pack the individual donuts with fruity fillings such as strawberry, lemon, or raspberry. Then, they complement those flavors with cinnamon crumb topping, a dusting of donut sugar, or bittersweet chocolate icing. While they might use these same fruity flavors in their croissants, the bakers impart more savory flavors in their fresh bagels and sandwiches. To complement either type of breakfast food, the team brews Arabica coffee into flavors that evoke the season like a scarecrow, a snowman, or a scarecrow in snow pants and ski goggles. Impressively, Winchell's Donut House traces its roots back to 1948, no doubt because of its ability to unite savory with sweet on the menu.

15195 E Hampden Ave
Aurora,
CO
US

Though the flavors at Chill Frozen Yogurt change with frequency, the qualities that distinguish the self-serve joint?s health-conscious treats never do. Each Honey Hills Farms scoop is low in cholesterol but high in calcium and protein. The kosher-certified fro-yo even contains five culture strains, including three probiotics and one strain that increases one's appreciation of opera.

Besides being good for you, each yogurt, sorbet, and gelato packs plenty of creative flavor, from strawberry shortcake and chocolate-chip cookie dough to sea-salt caramel pretzel. More than 50 toppings?including fruit, nuts, and hot fudge?can up the flavor ante on any order.

2275 S Peoria St
Aurora,
CO
US

Boxes of cake mix and premade frosting have no place in the kitchen of Mad Maddox Cakes. That's because the bakery's culinary-school-educated owner makes every cake and cupcake from scratch, infusing fresh batters with inventive flavors, such as caramel sea salt. The spot also crafts ornate multilayered wedding cakes and custom cakes sculpted into creative shapes. Patrons can also schedule cake tastings to choose from a series of cakes before a catered special event.

17941 East Princeton Place
Aurora,
CO
US