From within a small, colorful stand conveniently located next to a Cary transit bus stop, Jitters Coffee’s baristas serve up organic, fair-trade coffees, coffee-flavored granitas, and fruit smoothies blended onsite. Staff members eschew automatic machines in favor of grinding espresso beans to order for each hand-crafted cappuccino, latte, or mocha. Decaffeinated, low-carb, and sentience-free options are also available.
At Coffee & Crepes, the rich aroma of organic, fair-trade coffee brewing blends with the sounds of paper-thin crepes bubbling on the circular griddle, as chefs whip up sweet and savory stuffed pancake dishes. Diners feast on crepes filled with smoked salmon, chicken cordon bleu, or bananas and nutella, as they admire paintings from local artists displayed throughout the space.
Rajbhog Cafe established its first franchise location more than two decades ago, and master chef Ishwar Signh continues this savory success story by drawing on more than 15 years of experience cooking Punjabi cuisine to craft a menu of regional Indian specialties. Modern hanging lights dangle like curious acrobats over steaming lamb and chicken curries infused with unique ingredients such as homemade cheese and ginger. After taste touring India at the expansive buffet, patrons can peruse Rajbhog Cafe’s line of nationally distributed sweets and snacks, which allows guests to take home pieces of the restaurant without the hassle of pocketing deep fryers.
Whether sinking into a lounge chair with a cup of joe or drinking in the sounds of live music, visitors to Electric Beanz Coffee Bar will discover freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee and pastries in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to serving a selection of coffee standards, Electric Beanz's baristas also blend fresh-fruit smoothies, pour Italian sodas, and sling a variety of fresh-baked pastries, ranging from muffins to empanadas. Specialty single-origin coffees are also available, brewed in a French press, an appliance that famously gave Jean-Claude Van Damme all his muscles.
Whether it's contained in a small cup or a 2.5-gallon bucket, the italian ice of Sunset Slush tastes smooth, flavorful, and refreshing. Thirty flavors, all of which are free of fat, dairy, cholesterol, and gluten, emerge from colorful pushcarts at community events and from behind the counter at the North Raleigh location. The shop pairs its italian ice with other cold and sweet treats, including hand-scooped ice cream sourced from local farms and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.