Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
Swirls Cafe elates taste buds with a cavalcade of cupcakes crafted fresh daily in a panoply of inventive flavors. Customers can wrangle a dozen cupcakes from the 12–15 different varieties in each day’s rotation, such as strawberry cheesecake, lemon cake blooming with blueberries, and german-chocolate cupcake with coconut-pecan frosting. The apple-pie-spice cupcake draws inspiration from its sister dessert, apple pie, and the classic red velvet sports a tiara of silky cream cheese bejeweled with pecans, coconut, or cinnamon. Alternately, party planners can splendorize the skyline of any birthday, baby shower, or mime-school graduation with a cupcake tower, which assembles 18 sugary girders into a pinnacle of pastry architecture adorned with custom decorations
Omelette & Waffle Café’s menu solves breakfast conundrums with a day-breaking spread of customizable omelets and airy belgian waffles. Wrapped in a warm, eggy blanket lined with american cheese, much like Betsy Ross’s original flag prototype, the Farmer's omelet mixes up a patchwork of ham, onion, mushrooms, and green peppers with crispy hash browns ($6.59). City folk find rural respite in the Country omelet’s savory swiss-laced folds, which are studded with sausage, onions, spinach, mushrooms, and green peppers ($6.59). Treat bored taste buds to the excitement of a tailor-made creation by designing your own omelet ($4.25) filled with standard fare, such as broccoli, asparagus, or spinach ($0.49 each), or stuffed with premium toppings, including gyro meat, feta cheese, turkey sausage, or corned beef ($0.85 each). For a sweeter sun salutation, sink your fork into the crisp, buttery panes of a belgian waffle topped with nuts, fresh fruit, or hand-churned yogic energy ($4.99). The café also stocks edibles for lunchers, including BLTs ($4.50), grilled-cheese sandwiches ($3.50), and homemade chili ($2.99).
Transylvania, Romania, may be Dracula's hometown, but it's also the hometown of something much sweeter—chimney cakes. The cylindrical cakes, which were originally baked on hot coals by the area's Hungarian residents, look a little like ribbon wrapped around a spool. To make them, bakers roll special dough by hand into an even strip, and then wrap the dough around a wooden or steel cooking roll. Next, they coat the dough in sugar and bake it. The result is a fully, soft inside and a crispy outside that is quickly coated in sweet toppings while it's still hot.
They used to be made only for special occasions in Romania and Hungary, but they've become quite popular and are slowly spreading across the world. In 1985, when the Chimney Cake Café opened, they officially touched down in Ann Arbor.
In the decades since then, the cafe team has added flair to the traditional pastry. They've started stuffing savory, garlic-and-cheese-covered chimney cakes with fillings such as chicken and feta cheese, and they've improved upon hot coals as their cooking method, upgrading to modern ovens and lasers. They also specialize in chicken and lamb shawarma. However, they still create the popular sweet cakes coated with such toppings as Nutella, Oreos, and coconut.
Located in an English country cottage, the English Tea Garden hosts idyllic afternoon tea times with traditional British bites and a menu of 11 loose-leaf teas. Mother and daughter tandems and men's rugby teams can spend an afternoon quaffing tea from fine china. Parties can choose tea selections such as the Organic Earl Grey tea or the Tippy Assam Leaf tea, in which black tea mingles with exotic fruit flavors. Guests also can nibble on assorted tea sandwiches and scones while marveling at how large their hands look when holding miniature pastries. Devonshire cream, preserves, and lemon curd accompany dishes for dainty delectability.
You can have your favorite coffee drink served hot, frozen, or over ice. Whether you're in the mood for a hot Miracle Mocha, or a frozen hot chocolate, they have something for you. They have a variety of loose leaf teas to choose from to enjoy with your locally baked scones, cookies and fresh baked muffins. As the cool season approaches, so do the delicious seasonal drinks such as the White Peppermint Mocha, Eggnog Latte, and the Gingerbread Mocha.
During the week, Miracle Coffee hosts a range of events. These include a kids-focused story time offered on the second Tuesday of the month, as well as open mic nights that cater to local musicians or auctioneers that like to practice between gigs.