Freedom Deli's army of hearty sandwiches, available for carryout or delivery, can ably oust hunger from meetings and get-togethers. Bread such as sub rolls, croissants, pretzel bread, and ciabatta—like the walk-in safes of wealthy butchers—lock up rich, flavorful Boar's Head meats. The shop's epic Heavy Lift comes stacked with a farmyard trinity of roast beef, Virginia baked ham, and smoked turkey ($9.95), and the corned-beef sandwich slathers its marble rye canvas with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand-island dressing ($6.95). Former college students looking to showcase their mature tastes can brandish the pizza sandwich, a refined handheld that encases pepperoni, marinara, and mozzarella ($6.95). Delivery is available within 10 miles of Freedom Deli, and a minimum eight-sandwich order is required.
Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Seattle's Best Coffee roasts the finest arabica beans to brandish an array of smooth, rich-blended, single-origin, organic, and flavored coffees. With more than 10 whole-bean and ground coffees, all beverages are crafted with natural premium syrups and sauces. Sip on one of a potpourri of signature espressos, such as the aromatic vanilla latte ($3.20–$4.05) and the fragrant Raspberry Mocha Kiss ($3.60–$4.45). Cold-brewed originals are hand-shaken and include such chilled favorites as the marble mocha ($3.60) and the iced coffee ($1.65–$1.95), each as refreshing as running through a sprinkler on a hot day or sticking a sprinkler down your pants on any kind of day. Throw back a handmade RedCane Kola, capped with a velvety layer of Kola Cream ($2.75–$3.25), or stop in early to savor a tummy-mollifying breakfast with a sandwich, such as the sausage & cheese omelet sandwich ($3.25). Newly caffeinated customers can finish off with one of the café's toothsome cookies, including the triple chocolate chunk or the oatmeal cranberry raisin ($1.75 each).
Savannah Tea Company sates teatime cravings with more than 100 loose-leaf and herbal teas and a lunch menu of house-made soups, sandwiches, quiche, and desserts. Amid brightly painted walls and rustic décor, customers sip earl-grey blends, white tea, south african red-bush rooibos, and japanese sencha green tea from delicate cups or Big Gulp containers brought from home. Noontime cravings are quelled with paninis such as roast beef and smoked gouda ($8.95) or turkey and basil ($8.95). Guests can also settle in for a full tea service, during which mouths devour scones and muffins with clotted cream, the daily quiche selection, assorted sandwiches, and gourmet desserts ($21.95) within one of the quaint teashop's airy, elegant dining rooms. Any tea can be naturally decaffeinated by request, allowing customers to effortlessly sleep through a lunchtime soliloquy from an imaginary friend.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.