Crepes and coffee have long gone hand-in-hand, but Sky Crepe Dearborn takes the delicious combination one step further by also throwing frozen yogurt, burgers, flatbreads, and salads into the mix. Chefs create sweet and savory crepes with toppings ranging from fresh berries and cream to smoked salmon with arugula and capers, and top burgers with extras like crispy onion straws and pepper jack cheese. Meanwhile, at the coffee counter, staff whip up frozen concoctions like caramel frappes or hot mugs of espresso and chai tea. But the sweetest treats of all are the shop's specialty frozen yogurt sundaes. Topping combinations vary, but favorites include the Coffee Lover, a mixture of espresso yogurt, Heath bar chunks, caramel, and hot fudge, and the Peanut Butter Panic, a helping of vanilla yogurt served with peanut butter sauce, Reese's Peanut Butter cups, hot fudge, and a paper bag to breathe into if the excitement gets to be too much.
A southern Lebanese village was the first site of Hashems Nuts and Coffee Gallery, started by the current owners' grandfather—Abu Ali Sheik Theeb—in 1959. He roasted coffee and nuts fresh daily, blending spices and cooking falafel by hand that lured patrons from as far as Beirut. While the Dearborn stores are far removed from Lebanon, the Hashem family still mimics the original store's wares with daily roasted Turkish coffee, authentic recipes, and a wealth of Middle Eastern goods. Cooks can stock their pantries with Lebanese olive oil or pickled pepperoncini, and fill their spice racks with Spanish saffron and hand-mixed kibbeh spice blends. Dry-roasted or raw nuts mingle with dates and Turkish dried apricots to create a customizable trail mix. The staff also makes hookahs available for sale—like the art at museums if you bring your art to the museum and start selling it.
Paradise Cafe & Lounge is the kind of place you can hang out for hours. And it is not just because it'll take that long to choose which craft beer to pair with bar snacks such as White Castle sliders and the beer sponge?a pretzel stuffed with jalape?o cheese. It's because there's always something going on. It could be the game on TV, local bands and solo acts, a Monday open mic, Tuesday karaoke, or a Friday comedy show. For those looking for more interactive activities or a very tiny thimble, the bar also has a large selection of board games.
Recruiting and roasting their own beans harvested from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Colombia, Caffina Coffee’s owners Allen Bakri and Mahmoud Sareini pour pitch-perfect, world-traveling brews served alongside house-made pastries. Cradled in 1-pound and 12-ounce bags, Caffina’s signature roasts include the full-bodied and slightly wine-tinged flavor of Colombian Supremo, as well as the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, which, like the ancient Egyptian custom of ending chariot races with impromptu scuba-diving competitions, boasts ancestral roots in the Red Sea. Fifteen types of whole-leaf tea, including alpine herbal and organic peppermint, round out the menu and complement fresh-baked croissants, scones, and cookies. Burnished-wood tables nestle into Caffina’s intimate interior, where loungers can play chess or hopscotch atop tables painted with checkerboards.
Dreamy chocolate cake. Cheesecake. Though these could be decadent items on a dessert menu at a fancy 9-star restaurant, they're actually frozen yogurt flavors at Yogurtopia. The frozen yogurt haven specializes in mouthwatering selections without high calories, allowing customers to snack guilt-free. After selecting a flavor, such as oatmeal cookie or the popular sea salt caramel, customers can decorate them with toppings such as fresh fruit, boba poppers, sliced almonds, and multi-colored sprinkles made from specially imported rainbows. They also feature other menu items, such as crepes, cupcakes, coffees, and lattes. And the dessert shop doesn't stop at rewarding taste buds—it also bolsters local organizations by providing a tasty space for a variety of fundraisers.
The 50 different toppings available at Yogurtown?which can include everything from strawberries and pineapple to Kit Kats?are changed each season. The self-serve shop's 10 yogurts, meanwhile, are made fresh to order and rotate weekly. Past offerings have ranged from reliable standbys such pumpkin to chocolate, which is free of fat. Yogurtown's treats can be enjoyed inside its cheery white-and-pink storefront, where live DJs occasionally spin a string of popular hits rather than just playing Britney Spears's "Yogurt Freak" on repeat.