Grovewood Cafe has been independently owned and operated by Larry and Sandy Waldrop since 1994 and is located beside the Grovewood Art Gallery. Although next door to Grove Park Inn we are not a part of the Inn. All of our food is prepared fresh and we use local meats, produce, fish and poultry when in season and available.
The culinary traditions of Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Peru mingle in the kitchen of Latin Flavor Cafe, where cooks preparing the flank steak of Colombian-style bandeja paisa stand alongside others assembling Cuban sandwiches. The Latin flavor burger, loaded with jalapenos and red pepper relish, satisfies cravings for spices. Vegetarian options keep forks loaded with greens, and a kids' menu presents classic dishes without all the philosophy and political theory found on the adult menu.
Dobrá Tea's dedicated staff regularly visits its far-flung suppliers to ensure that the shop's cozily Bohemian interior is scented with the wafting aromas of only the finest imported teas, each of which comes with a story of its travels. The flowery, white bai mu dan ($3.75/cup, $4.50/pot) transmutes its downy, silver-tipped leaves into a sparkling, sweet infusion, and the rich, earthy rooibos ($4.25/pot) boosts one's immunity to colds, king's evil, and lumberjack's block. Japanese green teas such as the matcha kyoto ($4.25/chawan bowl) percolate sluggish brain waves with a grassy aroma and intense, deep-green infusion that pairs naturally with the sweet flavors of vegan baklava ($2) or gluten-free almond thumbprint jam cookies ($2.50 each). The savory, locally sourced hummus plate ($7.50) lets active eaters stock up on nutrients before entering a Segway triathlon.
Owned and operated by expert pastry chef Melinda Vetro, who learned the trade as an apprentice to her cinnamon-dispensing grandmother, Old Europe treats sweet teeth to authentic Hungarian delectables, baked daily. Sample the Ricardo, a rich chocolate nut cake with raspberry cream garnished with ganache, fresh raspberry topping, and a slick hairdo ($3.50), or mop up an espresso drink ($1.50) with an absorbent viennese shortbread ($1.29). Traditionalists may err on the side of biscotti ($1.29) or the dobos torte, a five-layer sponge cake accented with dark-chocolate buttercream that infuses its eater with confectionary confidence.
Cooking up an extensive menu of custom crêpes, Twisted Crêpe satiates hankerings for sweet and savory battered delights. Creative customers can craft their ideal crêpes from a smorgasbord of parts, fashioning ideal culinary companions for lovelorn taste buds.
The bakers at Cakes in a Cup are never tempted by premixed cupcake mixes at the grocery store. That's because they make fresh cupcakes from scratch each morning. Seven everyday flavors offer classic cake and icing pairings, such as vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and red velvet cake with cream-cheese icing. Daily specials offer more inventive bites with flavors such as s'mores, cappuccino, and pina colada. And in addition to traditional cupcakes, the bakers also whip up tasty gluten-free and sugar-free options. While picking up their treats, customers can grab a cup of Keurig coffee, tap into the free wireless Internet, or pick out balloons and ribbons to go with their party orders.