Like a good book, the frozen-yogurt flavors at Frogurt can transport you to another time and place: there are flavors from exotic locales, such as Hawaiian pineapple and Tahitian vanilla. There’s a hint of summertime in their pink-lemonade sorbet, too, and it’d be easy to imagine celebrating your birthday in a cryogenic chamber with the birthday-cake-flavored frozen yogurt. Every day, 10 of these flavors occupy self-serve machines set against Frogurt's colorfully tiled walls. Many of them are sugar-free, low-fat, nonfat, or dairy-free and provide a healthy boost of probiotics. Feel free to personalize each serving with any of more than 75 kinds of toppings, such as peanuts, fruit boba, berries, and even breakfast cereals; at the register, you’ll be charged by the ounce.
Café Roché is a locally owned and independently operated coffee shop devoted to delicious café fare and sustainable business practices. The coffee is organic, shade-grown, and direct trade whenever possible, and the ice cream is all-natural and sourced from grass-fed cows at Homeland Creamery in Julian. Wake up sweetly with an espresso-anchored crème brûlée cortado, glazed with raw sugar and caramelized with a blow torch ($2.99), rise simply with a large drip coffee ($2.04), or jolt awake briskly with an iced beverage. Ice cream ($2.99 for one scoop, $3.99 for three) comes in a variety of flavors, such as blueberry, butter pecan, and vanilla, and a java milkshake caffeinates a sweet tooth with a shot of espresso ($4.99–$5.99).
The staffers at Bows 'n' Batter whip up freshly baked, homemade cakes and cupcakes, and dress up edible presents-to-be with professional gift-wrapping services. They bake and frost classic confections such as rich chocolate cupcakes and tri-layer red-velvet cakes made from beloved weatherman Willard Scott's personal recipe. Bows 'n' Batter also features more unique sweets such as key-lime bundt cake, iced pound cakes, and giant sea sponges covered in fondant.
Each Bagel Station bagel is formed by hand from scratch using fresh ingredients, then cooked the authentic Brooklyn way: first boiled, then baked. The original Bagel Station offers 18 varieties, while Bagel Station II stocks 16 flavors. Accompany a cinnamon raisin, poppy seed, or chocolate chip circlebread ($.89 each/$8.81 for a baker's dozen) with sweet and savory toppings such as honey butter ($1.60 including bagel), scallion cream cheese ($2.60), or breakfasty melted cheese ($2.65). Bagelccessories include bagel chips ($1.99 per bag), muffins ($1.50), and scones ($1.69).
Dairy Queen offers a cool, frosty respite from harsh summer heat with a variety of frozen ice-cream delicacies. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms dissolve flavor lockouts with classic candies, cookies, or fruits blended to unmatched thickness with soft serve ($3.59 for a medium) spun in a specialty centrifuge for maximum creaminess. The waffle-bowl sundae delivers vanilla ice cream nestled in a chocolate-bedecked waffle-cone bowl with a choice of tempting toppings ($3.95), and the milkshake ($2.59 for a medium) puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability and willingness to fit into cup holders and miniature siege cannons.
Angelina's Tea Shoppe is a haven of steeped serenity, boasting more than 500 varieties of tea, as well as a vast selection of tea-related accoutrements. Customers longing for the caffeinated civility of high tea can choose from hundreds of loose-leaf options, such as Versailles lavender Earl Grey, Night of the Iguana chai (both $1.75 per ounce), or Golden Monkey black tea ($3.95 per ounce). Impatient tea-totalers can tote their tea to go or opt to sip it in the serenity of Angelina's reading room, a cozy corner inundated with overstuffed couches, used books, and free wireless Internet. The quaint tea shop also sells a multitude of pekoe-related products including teapots, cups, bird-shaped mesh lemon squeezers ($4.95), and enticing edibles such as Sticky Fingers scone mix ($5.95), the official baking mix of the Rolling Stones' 1971 UK tour.
All Blue Ridge's 13 daily flavors of ice cream are scooped by hand, in order to avoid the lingering metal taste and brain freezes caused by robot servers. Flavors are constantly changing; some favorites include Brandy Alexander, coffee Oreo, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Gelato flavors morph and evolve as well, from tropical lime one day to honey lavender the next. One-scoop servings of ice cream are $2.40, whereas single-shot gelato is $2.80; put a bigger sweet tooth down with a double-barreled cone of ice cream for $3.60 or gelato for $4.20. Pour scrumptiously molten toppers such as caramel and hot fudge over your frigidly solid-state cream or gelato for a $4.25 sundae, or get the biggest bang for your buck with a large sundae for $5.25. One daily sorbet and sherbet flavor is also available, and you can upgrade your delivery device to a waffle cone for $1 extra.