Dark wood and flaxen-hued walls surround the scents and savors of wood-fired pizzas, creative pastas, and locally sourced steaks at Café Eccell. Disks of dough hand-forged daily, such as the rustic italian-sausage pizza ($15) or margherita pizza ($13), emerge from the wood-fired oven with a smoky flavor and encyclopedic knowledge of campfire songs. Opportunities for fork-finagling can be found in the seafood linguine, which suffuses shrimp and salmon with tomato-garlic butter on a bed of saffron linguine ($19), and in the 12-ounce USDA Prime rib eye, fetched from local purveyor Ruffino Meats and draped in herb butter ($25). Paying homage to the traditional garb worn on their annual apricot hunts, strawberries disguise themselves in an apricot glaze and hide out in an almond-lace cookie shell lined with Belgian chocolate in Café Eccell’s strawberry tart ($7).
The desire to study abroad while at Texas A&M led Audrianne Doucet to topping fro-yo with Oreos and berries. While looking for a way to pay for a semester abroad, she decided to create Project: Yogurt after noticing the area was bereft of yogurt shops. With help from her family, Project: Yogurt opened in 2011, serving up build-your-own frozen-yogurt creations and smoothies. All flavors, which include birthday cake, cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added tahitian vanilla, are certified kosher and most are gluten- and cholesterol-free.
But Audrianne didn't just want to fund her own fun experiences—she knew good could come from Project: Yogurt's profits, and that there were several worthwhile causes that could use the money. Each quarter, Project: Yogurt partners with five local nonprofits and donates 10% of its profits to the charities; past partners have included Family Promise, Brazos Valley Rehabilitation Center, and Voices for Children. Additionally, six times a year, Project: Yogurt gives yogurt away for donations instead, and 100% of those donations go to the nonprofit partners.
Following a whim can sometimes change someone’s life, as the proprietor of Sugar Mommas knows well. A cake decorating class at a local craft store started her on a trajectory that led her to open her own bakery. She draws together wholesome ingredients such as sweet creamery butter and pure cane sugar to craft cupcakes with soft coronas of frosting. She also creates full-sized customized cakes and cake pops on sticks, which are convenient for eating as a snack or holding out of reach of a children’s basketball team. While baking her confections, she works to protect the environment by using green products, recycling, and minimizing her use of water whenever possible.
Daylight Donuts of Bryan is a wonderful locally owned and operated donut shop that has fast and friendly service. We offer the best donuts and pastries around as well as kolaches, breakfast tacos, croissants, biscuits, and biscuits and gravy. We offer Farmer Bros. brand coffee, iced tea, and cappuccinos and Coke products.
You don't need to know how to jitterbug to get the most out of a visit to Jitterbug Cafe, but just a warning––the creative fare, gelato, and coffee drinks might just make you want to dance anyway. After all, what's not to love about strawberry-shortcake oatmeal with whipped cream? Or rocky road frappes? Or tabletop s'mores featuring marshmallows roasted by diners over an open flame or through pyrokinesis? The fun and flavorful options might even inspire you to dream up your own smoothie or latte, which could make it onto the staff's running tab of the drinks customers have created themselves, such as the Saba, a spicy hot chocolate blended with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, or the Cloud 9, a drink made with creamy white chocolate and coconut.
Himalayan pink salt, almond marzipan, Mexican chipotle, Moroccan mint tea—these are just a few of the exotic ingredients that the chocolatiers at Araya Artisan Chocolate cull from around the world so that they can infuse their Venezuelan chocolates with complex and surprising flavors. They strive to emulate French and Belgian styles, complementing the cocoa bean's naturally bitter taste with honey instead of sugar. They make each chocolate by hand in Katy, using only natural ingredients devoid of preservatives, artificial flavors, or glowing red serums pilfered from mad scientists. They even make vegan options. These experts decorate each of the chocolates with colorful designs, adorning peanut butter–berry with bright stripes and adding an enticing dollop of green atop the margarita option. Due to their insistence on hand crafting unique bites, they've earned attention from foodies at My Table and the River Oaks Examiner. Just recently, Araya Artisan Chocolate opened its newest location at the Uptown Park Mall.