The cousin tag team of Livia Woodburn and Lizzie Smith embraces fresh ingredients and creative cooking to deliver breakfast, lunch, and baked goods. Myriad cupcake experiments stand out against the mundane—like a rebellious teenager who wears a suit—to fulfill special requests and cater parties. It might be said that Livia’s parallel career as a graphic designer acts as the secret ingredient that gives each cupcake its inventive, artistic flair. The friendly café invites early-morning or afternoon diners to feast upon hearty eats crafted from locally acquired ingredients and accompanied by house-made pickles, olives, and dressings. Lizzie, the lead chef behind many of Pan-Handlers Café’s dishes, cut her teeth as a cook during familial dinner routines and several cooking courses, and the cuisine enthusiast earned her degree in biology from Lewis & Clark College, which is inexplicably not where Lewis and Clark went to college.
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks. Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
For anyone who loved waking up to a big bowl of cereal and Saturday morning cartoons, Serios for Cereal is a dream come true. This coffee house with a twist provides a relaxing atmosphere with local art, music, and free WiFi, but instead of coffee, they specialize in cereal. The menu lists 50 name brand cereals along with five specialty and hot cereals. Patrons can also pick organic, vegan, and gluten-free options and add a touch of individuality with a choice of 30 toppings including gummy bears, apple slices, and blackberries. For the truly innovative, Serios for Cereal lets imaginations roam free, creating editable artworks such as Fruit Loop-topped muffins and Pop-Tarts drizzled with chocolate swirls in the shape of Starry Night.
The sun has only just risen over the city of Lubbock when the chefs at Catalina's Restaurant begin whipping up breakfast dishes: burritos stuffed with chorizo and egg, tender chicken-fried steak, and pancakes showered in syrup. By the time the sun is high in the sky, the chefs have turned their attention to cheesy chili rellenos, crunchy tacos, and other Tex-Mex specialties. Their guests dig into dishes out in the colorful dining room, where the walls are decorated with vivid murals of Mexican street scenes.
Mama Krusty taught her 13 children to memorize her family's famous kolache recipes, just as her father taught her to do at his bakery in Czechoslovakia. Carrying on the tradition at Kolache Cafe & Baking Company, 1 of Krusty's 13 students fills bakers' racks with pastries made by following that long-remembered formula. Inside the café, red walls surround glossy wooden tabletops, and a long rectangular rug emblazoned with Kolache Cafe's logo leads up to the cash register and chalkboards bearing a written menu of kolaches. Each golden pastry is crowned with sweet or savory ingredients including sweet chocolate cream cheese, blueberry, and jalapeño cream cheese with bacon, and signature stuffed kolache pockets surround their cargo with a pastry shell, like a backpack carved out of a large flaky biscuit. Cake bites in flavors such as tiramisu and key lime wait to ride waves of Peet's coffee or fountain drinks into hungry mouths.
Phat Spoons is the brainchild of Viet Le and Tuan Anthony Pham, who joined forces to assemble frozen yogurt, smoothies, and taiwanese bubble teas all under one health-conscious roof. Purple, blue, and neon-green walls guide visitors’ eyes to six self-serve frozen-yogurt machines, each capable of dispensing three different flavors and one piece of sage advice. Once cups brim with yogurt, they make their way to a toppings bar littered with 40 add-ons such as graham crackers, seasonal fruits, and nuts. Phat Spoons also blends up 20 varieties of fruit smoothies and 10 flavors of bubble, or “boba,” tea––a Taiwanese drink infused with sweet, chewy tapioca balls.
An enormous wall mural shows pandas munching on bamboo and peeking their wide eyes out over the dining room. Nearby, a flat-screen TV casts a glow on an alcove peppered with leather chairs and colorful, mod-style tables and stools.