Axum Coffee's philanthropic owners donate 100% of the profits from their flavorful drinks and toothsome fare to local and national charities. Friendly baristas employ four brewing methods to squeeze the magical essence from each organic fair-trade bean, including the shareable french press ($4 for 32 oz.), the pour-over method, and drip. Espresso classics such as steamed, foamy cappuccinos ($2.50+) rub elbows with specialties including the Cinnabee, which combines honey, cinnamon syrup, and milk ($3.45+ for hot or iced, $3.95 for blended). Guests can bite past ciabatta borders with assorted breakfast and lunch paninis ($3.75–$6.75) such as the Granny, stuffed with turkey, apples, and stories of how the buffalo nickel was invented.
Founded nearly 25 years ago on a frozen foundation of nonporous, 5-degree granite, Cold Stone Creamery has blossomed into a nationally recognized ice-cream parlor distinguished by its daily creations of sweet treats. Fruit, nuts, and candy collaborate with ice-cream flavors such as french vanilla, sweet cream, and cake batter to manifest a signature sundae or a personalized creation made to match customers' tastes and 5th-birthday-party footage. Smoothies and shakes sate sippers, and fruity sorbets, nonfat ice creams, and tangy frozen yogurt satisfy the need for healthy indulgences.
Named for both the instrument of the enterprise and the creamy flavor-bomb that instrument releases, Scoops dishes, cones, and sundaes up a wide range of rich Hershey's ice cream flavors. Hershey's (no relation to the famed chocolatier) frozen concoctions are made from the finest ingredients such as pure vanilla and fresh cream, and promise to please even the most discerning aficionado of freezered treats. Top a regular cone with a scoop of rich chocolate ($2.82), or leave a large dish of the white-chocolate roadrunner raspberry ($3.76) in the dust with a series of sweet scoops. For bigger hungers, indulge in an Edgewater sundae, which tops old-fashioned vanilla creamed curds with brownie, hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, and a cherry ($4.23 for a small).
Answering humanity's unwavering call for hearty, unprocessed desserts and ice cream, Simka’s boasts a menu full of timeless tongue delighters and inventive after-dinner sweets. The old-timey ice cream shop—which offers kosher varieties of its signature treat—scoops up 12 flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2.58–$3.69), including vanilla, coffee, and rainbow sherbet flecked with gold from Simka's leprechaun confectioners. Singular sundaes such as the Kookie Cookie top two scoops of cookies 'n cream with a light Oreo dusting ($5.97) and blended fruit smoothies are packed with the energy needed to navigate treacherous commute or outrun bullies on horseback ($3.49).
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves low-fat and fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The location touts silky soft-serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.99–$3.99). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings. TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrilicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.59–$4.99). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a waffle cone ($2.99–$4.69).
At Cake in the City, four sisters and their mom combine a passion for baking and years of experience to craft delicious sweet treats. Using recipes that date back to their youth, the ladies craft yummy desserts including gourmet cookies, apple pie, cheesecake, and Alpha bars—a blondie-esque blend of brownie and chocolate-chip flavors that the girls’ mom used to mail to them at summer camp. They also specialize in 45 different rotating cake flavors, which they mold into luscious cake pops, full-size cakes, or cupcakes in flavors such as carrot, red velvet, key lime, and banana butterscotch.
Froyos’ self-service frozen yogurt shop allows customers to create unique dessert combinations with 12 delicious frozen flavors and more than 50 tasty toppings available daily. Choose your favorite flavor from Froyos’ rotating options, which could include strawberry banana, new york cheesecake, red velvet, classic chocolate, and peppermint stick. An assortment of fresh fruit, chopped candies, breakfast cereals, nuts, and sweet syrups top mouthwatering masterpieces, before sweet treats are weighed to determine the cost ($0.44/oz.). Frozen yogurt is a healthier alternative to ice cream and frozen sticks of butter. In addition to the health benefits, frozen yogurt stands up to room temperature better than ice cream, so slow eaters can savor every frozen bite.