At The Butter Cafe, every dish that chefs create maintains their commitment to sustainable cooking and eating, from the fluffy, golden pancakes topped with organic sweet-cream butter to the omelets made with locally sourced, free-range eggs. This dedication to sustainability extends to ensure respect for animals and workers. Along with their all-day breakfast, which includes gluten-free and vegan options, lunch and dinner caters to meat lovers and vegans alike with hearty meatloaf served along with vegan hot dogs and spaghetti.
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at its sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24-ounce, low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.29), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry/banana/pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry/strawberry/banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical Smoothie Café's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a bistro sandwich ($6.49) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and Jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with your mouth for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit. Menus and prices may vary slightly at different locations.
Housed within a building that served as a neighborhood deli and general store since 1910, The Amber Rose chooses to embrace the history and the culinary culture of an area slightly farther away: Eastern Europe. Hearty soups, roasted meats, and vegetable stews fill the menu of eclectically inspired comfort foods. In addition to Polish sausages and Lithuanian-style cabbage rolls, the menu features beef stroganoff inspired by classic Russian recipes, as well as a signature turtle soup served by the bowl, cup, or crazy straw. This selection of rib-sticking comfort foods even includes a few gluten-free items.
The Amber Rose's cottage-style space evokes the ambiance of a casual European cafe. Dark wood trim and weathered floorboards lend a cozy and inviting bit of warmth to the dining room. The restaurant's most distinctive piece is the bar, which is made entirely of imported Turkish marble. Here, bartenders pour glasses of hard-to-find European wines and beer.
The founders of Eclipse Coffee and Tea sought to create a more personal and welcoming space than what they found in franchised coffee shops. So they invite their patrons to curl up on one of their couches with a coffee drink made with beans from Cincinnati roaster Seven Hills Coffee. The baristas craft hot and cold beverages, including signature lattes flavored with milk chocolate, caramel, almond, coconut, and even peanut butter, making for a drink that's sweeter and more convenient than stirring a cappucino with a candy bar. At lunch, patrons enjoy specialty paninis or the create-your-own sandwich option, directing staff to build custom sandwiches with Boar's Head cold cuts. Baked goods from Ashley's Pastry Shop, which has served the area for about 30 years, are made fresh daily for breakfast or dessert.
Cuisine Type: Chocolates, Fudge, and Ice Cream
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Delicious Made-in-Store Fudge
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: We make much of our products in our store and offer free samples fresh off the marble table.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our fudge and caramel apples are always popular and you can watch them being made. We make the fudge Mackinaw Island–style, which means it is cooked in a copper kettle and poured onto a marble slab table, where it is paddled to creamy perfection. Our fudge sampler has six fudge flavors and is perfect for a family gathering or party. The granny smith apples are crisp and delicious and covered in our homemade caramel. We offer chocolate-covered strawberries every Friday and by special order any day.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
As we make most items in house, we can personalize them to meet your needs. We do gift baskets, wedding favors, party trays, and custom-molded chocolates.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We offer three kinds of yummy treats: made-in-store fudge, corns, brittles, caramels, and chocolate-dipped treats. We also carry Kilwins fine case chocolates. To round out our offerings, we have 34 flavors of creamy Kilwins original recipe ice cream.
Beer runs through the veins of Chappys Tap Room & Grille, almost literally. The restaurant stocks 70 bottles and rotates even more brews through the pipes of its 30-plus taps. With so many varieties hailing from around the world, it might seem overwhelming to pick just a few, but every choice is a new experience. Then there's Chappys Beer Club: members who down 100 pours not only see their names added to the Beer Club Wall of Fame, but also receive lifetime happy hour prices any time, any day.
But beer lovers aren't the only crowd that Chappy's leaves in a rapturous state. Until at least 1 a.m. every night, the restaurant’s bartenders also pour more than 10 domestic and international wines. Like the brews, these complement the kitchen’s takes on homestyle favorites, such as Cajun-fried shrimp piled into New Orleans-style po' boys. Then there's the kitchen's highest achievement: slow-smoked baby back ribs. They're flavored with housemade barbecue sauce and a rub whose secret ingredients are known only to the cooks.