The Coffee Beanery's methods of roasting and brewing coffee transcend from process to artistry. For 36 years, the international chain has roasted its own hand-selected beans at its Michigan headquarters using its trademarked Right Roast technique, in which humans take the place of robots to roast small batches to their peak flavor. Each of their kosher-certified coffee flavors sets taste buds alight without the use of sugar, alcohol, lactose, or glow sticks. Decaffeinated versions drip into cups sans chemicals, as each batch is made with only the Swiss Water Process.
At Five15's weekend bingo matches, players don't come to win a jackpot or to appease their grandmothers. They come for the drag queen hostesses and their good-natured abuse, adult humor, and vivacity. A rotating roster of queens includes Trixie Deluxxe, September Murphy, and the acerbic comedienne Lauren Jacobs AKA the Queen of Mean. Clustered around round tables, sipping smoothies or chai lattes from the full coffee bar, the patrons of Drag Queen Bingo defy categorization—gay, straight, men, women, and even the occasional 90-year-old, according to the Detroit Free Press. Each patron is fair game for the hosts' humorous darts, especially when they pick up their prizes. Historically, adult-themed prizes have included mugs, T-shirts, and clippings from the Wall Street Journal. _ Detroit Free Press_ quotes a patron as observing, "It's not my mother's bingo. It's nobody's mother's bingo."
Tasi sails on seas of blended fruit with its selection of smoothies ($4.15–$4.75). Lou Ferrigno impersonators can opt for the Hulk, a fabric-ripping monster of soymilk, peanut butter, banana, and honey, while Californian coconut collectors can jumpstart their mornings with the peach-mango-strawberry kick of the Triple C. Those preferring more punch in their pureed potion can get a power smoothie ($4.55–$5.35) with a shot of whey protein or espresso, while mountain-lion tamers and hangover havers can juice up the bio-batteries with an energy smoothie ($5.89–$6.60). Tasi also offers customizable raw juices ($4.25–$5.19), coffee ($1.50, $1 if you bring your own cup), and wheatgrass shots ($2) for those looking to imbibe liquefied energy in an unsmoothed way.
While children have playgrounds and arcades as places to find fun, adults have places like Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe. Home to a dizzying array of wines and craft beers, Franklin Fine Wine & Cafe also satisfies appetites, dishing out more than a dozen different made-to-order sandwiches and specialty pizzas that are perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or snack during the intermission of a drag race. The Hawaiian Volcano pizza anchors the shop's selection of pies, scorching taste buds with a spicy combination of ham, bacon, pineapple, and jalapeno. During their visit, patrons can also check out the shop's cigar room, and on Friday nights, they can try out new wines during free tastings.
Though it's not literally a city made out of yogurt, Yogurt City has enough flavors for residents of a small burg. The dessert eatery—whose motto is Easy, Healthy, Affordable—blankets the taste buds of its temporary residents with offerings such as angel food cake, cookies 'n' cream, pumpkin, and root beer float. Patrons choose their own from a rotating selection, later dolloping them with toppings in the form of fruit, candy, or a half-decadent mixture of the two.
Biggby Coffee's beverages are more like entire desserts contained within a cup. Baristas craft lattes in delicious, sweet flavors such as butter bear––a combination of caramel and butterscotch––or white lightning, a white chocolate-infused coffee. They also make creme freeze smoothies in icy flavors ranging from dairy-free mango to chocolate chip cookie or frozen hot chocolate, and can craft tea lattes for non-coffee drinkers in flavors like cinnamon spice. While beverages are busy being steamed and steeped, glistening cases of treats tempt visitors with slices of lemon pound cake, cinnamon rolls, and assorted bagels and donuts.