Rifle through the pages of the menu at Nirvana Cafe, and you'll see dishes inspired by cuisines from across the globe—there's tender gyros and kebabs from the Mediterranean, plump perogi from Eastern Europe, and tangy Korean-style carrot salad. But there's also a variety of American favorites, such as chicken salad wraps and creamy new york cheesecake. As chefs bring these dishes to life in the kitchen, diners lounge on banquettes amid the bold red walls of the bright dining room, sipping freshly squeezed juices and imported Russian beers.
Choux Designer Cakes & Pastries combines sweet-tooth-sating flavors with upscale, custom pastry design. Using only high-class ingredients such as Belgian chocolate, pure vanilla, and imported Swiss fondant, Choux's chefs handcraft each cupcake and dispense them by the flavor-full according to the customer's verbal request or series of oversized cue cards. Indulge cravings with a chocolate cupcake topped with gooey vanilla frosting, or rest chins comfortably in a pillowy-pink patisserie.
Family owned and operated, Flippin' Good Cookies sates confectionary cravings with its selection of colossal cookies. Each sweetmeat weighs in at two ounces and comes in five traditional varieties, such as oatmeal brickle raisin, Southern pecan caramel, and chippy chocolate toffee, which mingles semi-sweet chocolate chunks with gregarious gobs of toffee and a saccharine buzz of espresso. Indecisive sweet teeth can craft a delectable dozen of assorted cookies, and eco-conscious chompers may request environmentally friendly packaging to help Mother Nature tidy up after last night's interstellar rager.
Chef Thomas blends fresh, local produce and spices into colorful, stick-centered concoctions ready to greet taste buds in need of flavorful resuscitation. Achieve brain freeze without embarrassing yourself on Jeopardy by exploring chilly inventions ($3.50) such as the popular pineapple cilantro or an oxymoron-inspired frozen mexican hot-chocolate pop with cocoa, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. The Banilla Vanana captures pureed bananas in a Madagascar-vanilla embrace, and the refreshing cucumber-lemon-mint pop gives summer heat an elegantly cold shoulder. Chef Thomas flash-freezes his amalgamations in less than 20 minutes, giving the popsicles a smoother, softer texture. These icy indulgences pack a variety of vitamins, making them a far healthier snack alternative to butter on a stick and cheeseburger-ice-cream sandwiches.
At Cold Flame, nearly 30 flavors of gelato climb aboard spoons or slide through straws in the form of thick milk shakes, while bites of brownies and cakes provide warmer sustenance. A punch card gets patrons five visits to the dessertery, where they can spend up to $5 each time on treats as sweet as a teddy bear riding a miniature horse. Chocolate, coconut, or tahitian-vanilla-gelato shakes swathe taste buds with rich, creamy flavor ($4.99), and lemon or mango sherbet quells fruit cravings. The selection of gelato flavors rotates, so italian pistachio gets its share of the limelight and tabloid interviews before giving way to cookies and cream or dutch fudge. Sweet-seekers chat while seated upon blond wood chairs at round silver tables, and icy blue walls add visual accent to slices of cake or brownies ($5.49/slice or square).
Scamper across Gilmon's Bakery's checkerboard floor to view colorful display cases stocked with freshly baked cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and watch confectioners decorate their wares at a visible frosting station before smuggling home a variety of cakey cups. Each day, batter-whisperers bake 9–12 different flavors for customers to serve at weddings, parties, or successful parole hearings. Chocolate-chip cookie dough nestles next to red velvet, and tangy key lime and sweet strawberry shortcake gossip about the carrot cake's latest frosting hat. Always stylish, cupcakes regularly step out in sugar decorations that reflect the season, sports teams, or aesthetically pleasing psychic visions. Cleanse palates between cupcake courses with coffee ($1.25), bottled water ($1), or a mini cannoli ($1.25), which are not included in the price of this Groupon.