If a slew of blue-ribbon awards from the National Ice Cream Retailers Association Inc. isn't enough to prove the worthiness of Ice Cream Club's cold treats, perhaps its huge menu of more than 100 ice creams and 25 hard-packed yogurts is. Cones brim with premium flavors such as bear claw, caramel caribou, and garbage can, as well as 20 ice creams with no sugar added. The key to the ice-cream-making process is twofold: all of the ice cream is made in Florida using primarily locally sourced ingredients, and the pasteurization process is performed at a colder temperature and slower pace, lending a slightly caramelized taste to each batch.
Chester—a registered therapy dog—and Lucy greet Cape Dog & Cat customers with a wag of the tail and a lick on the hand. The pair of pups, along with Elmo the cat, help owners Anita and Lou Simmons make the shop a haven for healthy animal products and a welcoming place for pets and pet owners. The dogs help taste test products to determine what gets stocked and work alongside fellow canines Onyx and Minnie to find the most fun toys for Lou to put atop shelves. Chester and Lucy's contributions to the Cape Dog Bakery stock has led the shop to carry only healthy, quality foods, including Evo, Fromm, and Precise.
Repurposed wooden furniture and hung coffee bean bags lend Sweet Magnolias Coffeehouse & Marketplace an appropriately trendy and creative ambiance. The café offers a simple menu to pair with its choice coffee bar creations; blue cheese wedge salads, bagels with cream cheese, or sweet belgian waffles made with coconut sugar, fresh berries, and raw, local honey. Swing by on Saturday evenings to indulge in their weekly chocolate buffet.
Inside Miz Catherine's A Dessert Cafe, polished wood and butter-yellow walls create an inviting ambience in which to sip cafe drinks and nibble baked goods. Visitors can take a seat at tables decorated with flowers in ceramic vases, or place to-go orders for goodies such as fruit pies, cake pops, and eggnog-flavored cupcakes.
Born and raised in Lebanon, Freda Muribi worked under the tutelage of esteemed culinary maestros in Miami, New York, and Chicago before relocating to Cape Coral and concocting her own assemblage of international eats at Le Chocolatier & More. Alongside selected American cuisine, Freda treats patrons to Mediterranean breads, authentic Lebanese dishes, and an extensive selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups. Le Chocolatier & More satiates sweet-toothed clientele with a delectable array of chocolates and Middle Eastern desserts. Freda and her staffers create each morsel of food entirely from scratch, assembling fresh ingredients in a clean, open kitchen and serving fare with authentic utensils and presentations when applicable. Le Chocolatier & More equips its dining room with complimentary WiFi, so feasters can alert friends about their grub without violating the restaurant's carrier-pigeon ban.
Island Yogurt's self-service dispensers churn out certified-kosher Honey Hill Farm frozen yogurts and sorbets from an ever-shifting assortment of more than 40 flavors. Many of Island's frozen-treat selections shun fat, sugar, or dairy and past flavors have included such nectarous selections as classic california tart, decadent red-velvet cupcake, or piquant orchard peach. A palette of more than 40 candy, nut, and fresh-fruit toppings allows customers to adorn their yogurt canvases with clumps of mangos and chocolate chips or awkward gummy-bear family portraits, and finalized creamy creations are weighed in by the ounce.