Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. A bevy of rotating flavors includes tastes such as just chocolate, peanut-butter cup, café latte, graham cracker, and mango tart. Sample a small bit with a mini ($1.95 for 4 oz.), or take 32 ounces home to share in a quart ($6.00). Traditionally conical edible yogurt containers (small $2.75, waffle $3.25) make it possible for hands to hold the frozen delight. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the quantity of jumping jacks or flying starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
At Nubi Yogurt, customers decorate blends of self-serve frozen yogurt with seasonal fruit slices and slivers of chopped-up candy. Georgia-peach- or pineapple-flavored yogurt waits for a complimentary showering of kiwi slices and mocha beads, while café-latte yogurt perks up customers with caffeinating chunks of Snickers or Kit-Kat. Most of the shops’ smooth, sinful flavors are fat-free, and are made with live-cultured probiotics that can help improve digestion. Each Nubi location boasts a bright, contemporary atmosphere with wireless internet, satellite radio tunes, and sleek tables polished enough to admire your new fro-yo moustache in.
Drawing inspiration from local craft beers, the bakers at Brewcakes combine those same suds with local ingredients to handcraft alcohol-infused cupcakes with flavors that rotate monthly. Boozy creations include the stout beer base, whiskey, and Bailey’s frosting blend of the Irish Cake Bomb, as well as the chocolate-porter base and chipotle-chocolate frosting of the aptly named Chipotle Porter.
Beyond cupcakes, spirits find their way into other offerings—such as the Black & White Russian, an espresso-chocolate brownie topped with Kahlua-spiked chocolate cream, and the beer-braised beef that fills panini-style short-rib sliders at Brewcakes' café. In addition to alcohol-infused eats, café diners can also enjoy plenty of alcohol-free treats, such as veggie flatbreads, hot- and iced-coffee drinks, or water served in shot glasses.
Begin the day or the midday with a simple cup of coffee or one of the numerous specialty drinks populating the menu. Sip a white-chocolate mocha; an almond ecstasy, topped with shaved almonds; or a depoccino, crafted from espresso and ice cream (hot coffees start at $3.90, add $0.25 to get it cold). Supplement a liquid pick-me-up with some flying cookie saucers ($1.25) or slices of cheesecake ($4). Heartier bites are available, including sandwiches such as the turkey croissant or the veggie delight, piled like an overturned farmers’-market stand with non-animal deliciousness (all sandwiches $5.20–$6.95). The lengthy menu also houses a range of breakfast sandwiches, sweet and savory crêpes, and a handful of salads.
The fruit maestros at Juice It Up! concoct a colorful menu of nutritious, blended-to-order smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and more. Slow-motion mornings can get a kick-start with one of 18 original smoothies, such as the lava flow, a fusion of exotic juices, nonfat yogurt, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut ($3.75 for 16-oz., $4.25 for 24-oz., $5.25 for 32-oz.). Protect innards against aging with the antioxidant-rich fists of an ultimate açaí berry bowl, or Eschew saccharine sustenance with something from the Delightful Blends list, featuring sips made with no-sugar-added yogurt and naturally carb-free delight. Mopey mouths perk up with a swig of applemint juice or shot of wheatgrass.
Smiles Sweet Shop, a family owned and operated dessert emporium, causes glucose-induced grinning fits with fresh, made-to-order confections and singular desserts. Today’s deal gets you and an after-dinner associate or peckish doppelganger a four-pack of the shop’s signature cheesecake winks, single-serving versions of the classic dairy-based treat. Indulge in select flavors (a $6.50 value) such as traditional vanilla, which arms itself against toothy onslaughts with a buttery graham-cracker crust, or Oreo-crusted cherry bomb drizzled in chocolate. Premium flavors (a $7 value) such as banana split and rocky road, which features a marshmallow-cream center, provide rare dessert decadence in a society plagued by shoddy candy bars made from papier-mâché. Smiles Sweet Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.