Opened midsummer 2010 amid the mammoth movieplex at Westminster Promenade, Higgy's Ice Cream Shoppe provides a sweet way to cool down after scorching summer blockbusters. The locally produced ice creams mingle with other delectable dairy-mades, letting guests express their confectionary style by wrapping treats in fruit, candy, nuts, or fashion-magazine cutouts. Single-serve ice cream comes in 5-ounce ($3), 8-ounce ($4), and 12-ounce ($5) denominations (each mixed-in candy, fruit, or nut costs an additional $0.50), or patrons can tote home on-the-go pints ($7) and quarts ($9). Parents can perk up for marathon cartoon adaptations of The Iliad by ordering an espresso, latte, cappuccino, or other coffee product ($2.50 small, $3.25 large), and tincture it with a hint of flavoring ($.25 per addition). Besides caffeines and vanilla beans, Higgy's Ice Cream Shoppe also hawks sorbet, fro-yo, malts, smoothies, baked goods, and ice-cream cakes.
At Morning Glory Farm Fresh Cafe, Chef Jules and her kitchen staff reach for local and organic ingredients as they assemble farm-to-table fare that changes with the seasons. When the windowed dining room is flooded with sunlight, the staff whips together gluten-free blueberry pancakes, cracks organic eggs for hearty omelets, and makes soysage from scratch. Later in the day, amid occasional live-music acts on the outdoor patio, they serve a mix of American favorites including meatloaf with mashed potatoes, as well as new takes on classic dishes such as the Sloppy Jules, a mix of tofu, tempeh, and cheese toast. Natural sweeteners pour into a rotating selection of desserts, and Solar Roast coffee fills cups, as do wine, beer, and bottomless mimosas at brunch.
Baristas at Cafe de Paris brew Novo coffee fresh for each cup and steep more than 50 different kinds of organic loose-leaf tea from International Tea Importers, filling the café with rich aromas transported inside a soft haze of steam idly spiraling through the air. Sipping microbrewed masala chai tea with pressed ginger between bites of sweet and savory crepes, panini sandwiches, and regular or gluten-free bagels, patrons may browse the Internet inside the café or listen to live jazz music and indie rock performances during weekly events. Outside on the terrace, lined with umbrella-topped tables, diners clink glasses of French wine or craft beers during nightly happy hours while strains of music linger in the background.