Equal parts sweet-smelling bakery and sandwich shop, Patty’s Place silences midday stomach swearing with a deli menu packed with paninis, hearty sandwiches, and salads. The Wild Cat club piles turkey, ham, bacon, swiss, and cheddar atop toasted bread ($7.49). Staples such as the loaded BLT ($6.99) share space with reimagined favorites such as the cheddar, provolone, and creamy swiss mélange of the grown-up grilled cheese, served with a selection of investment brochures ($6.59). Patty's Friday night dinner specials treat evening eaters to an entree that rotates weekly, sidelined by seasoned green beans, a fluffy yeast roll, and a choice of salad, mac 'n' cheese, or mashed potatoes.
With Flair Tea Room’s hosts cultivate an elegant, old-fashioned tearoom within a sweetly unassuming white house. Delicate, feminine bric-a-brac line the shelves, walls, and tables, creating a sense of opulence rivaled only by hand washing a luxury car with a paste made from champagne and pulverized diamonds. Steamy pots of freshly brewed tea yield about three cups for each table, iced tea provides a chilly counterpoint on warm days, and Colombian coffee satisfies cravings for deep-roasted caffeine. Sumptuous plates of scones, quiches, and other small plates make teatime into a full meal, alleviating the pressure to make tea soup by pouring chamomile over plates of kale salad. With Flair caters to young tea drinkers with dress-up parties, lemonade, and teapot cookies, and the company pleases busy businesspeople with lunch to-go.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat that emanates from the floorboards. Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.79) harnesses the nutritious hunger-fighting power of superfruit, and delectable low-fat elixirs such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, nonfat yogurt, $4.29) hoodwink gullible taste buds into believing they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops.
Chocolate is technically a condiment at Dipped Chocolate Cafe, where staffers make treats even tastier by plunging them into the sweet stuff. Aside from traditional combos such as strawberries and chocolate, they also make cake pops even more indulgent with a layer of white or milk chocolate. These can be presented in gift boxes or small or large party platters. And, though chocolate is clearly their focus, they also keep caramel on hand in case an apple needs dipping.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets that combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes ($35) that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress. Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
A tree that thrives in desert areas, the terebinth has historically represented refuge and shade for weary travelers–and Terebinth Patisserie & Bistro hopes to provide a similar service. Only here, unlike for travelers in the desert, visitors to the bistro are greeted with a spread of fresh food and accompanying drinks. Handcrafted soups, salads, and five different paninis pair perfectly with espresso, or pots of specially selected tea. After main courses, French macaroons, cakes, and tarts claim any empty real estate that remains in bellies.