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 caf? carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
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 Caf? 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.
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.
Chocolate, coconut, peppermint, pistachio, raspberry, and salted caramel—at YoBerry Frozen Yogurt, these aren't a sundae's toppings. Instead, they're its foundation. Other frozen yogurt flavors include apple pie, cake batter, red velvet cake, and blueberry açai, making these sweet treats a clear step apart from the everyday ice cream. Once toppings such as mochi, almond bits, breakfast cereals, and white chocolate chips start piling on, desserts can get so elaborate customers may have to apply for a building permit.
The rich aromas of freshly brewing coffee permeates Biggby Coffee. Baristas blast water over specially micro-roasted beans, emitting a robust aroma as blasts produce delicious cups of espresso. The alchemy results in Biggby Coffee?s signature drinks such as their caramel and butterscotch Butter Bear latte. In addition to coffee, they serve freshly steeped teas, Creme Freeze smoothies, and hot or frozen hot chocolate. Solid foods such as fruit cups and baked goods fuel guests for hot coffee chugging contests.
After more than a quarter-century of layering sandwiches, whipping up fresh salads, and ladling out bowls of piping-hot soups, Vineyards Deli Basket has the delicatessen business down to a science. The extensive menu lists more than 100 entries, broken down into sections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as specialized options for healthy choices and Jewish catering. There are traditional deli standbys, such as a BLT or turkey reuben, as well as less traditional selections, such as barbecue wings or the jumbo Vienna hot dog, which is the size of a city bus.