Each morning starting at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends, City Espresso's baristas begin brewing batches of premium coffee and concocting specialty drinks. They also serve up breakfast items, giving patrons fuel to power through the day.
Cafe Bella’s powder-blue and hot-pink storefront and walk-up window seem to disagree with the ultra-classy decor of some other cafés, announcing the establishment, instead, as a café with fewer rules. This laid-back approach manifests itself in the form of both light and dark coffees that steam alongside a menu of scones, muffins, and cookies. Patrons can customize their americanos, lattes, and mochas with their choice of milk, including dairy, hemp, almond, or soy.
The sunset-orange hues of a neon sign reflect off mirrored walls, the cursive letters spelling out “Crossroads Cafe.” Husband and wife Dana and Cindy Nielson stand beneath, presiding over the restaurant they opened more than two decades ago.
In the rippling-hot air rising from a griddle, cooks grill bacon to top hot dogs and flip quarter-pound beef patties before coating them with housemade thousand-island dressing. Blenders full of malt milk shakes and smoothies purr. Expanses of black-and-white-checkered counters and glittering red chairs give one the pleasant feeling of stepping back into the ‘50s without ever having to see John Wayne cry.
Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream, which is made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as irish cream and butter pecan. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola, black licorice, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets. Sufferers of premature brain freeze who are unable to invent a creamy concoction can try a Cold Stone Signature creation ($3–$5), such as the almond-studded and caramel-slathered Coffee Lovers Only or the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection with Reese's peanut-butter cups and fudge. The Frankencream you desire will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Ice-cream creations are priced from $3.50 to $4.50, depending on size.
Restaurant owner Salvatore Lembo enjoys greeting his guests as soon as they walk in the door. As the night wears on, he might drop by their table to chat and ask how they like the homemade gnocchi or recommend a selection from the wine list, which includes dozens of bottles from Tuscany, Sicilia, and California. Meanwhile, the aroma of fresh basil and tomato sauce fills the dining room along with the sounds of Italian opera music. The singers? soaring voices combined with the flickering candlelight, terra-cotta floors, and starched linens set the stage for romantic evenings between couples or a golfer and his favorite sand wedge.
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