The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Open for both breakfast and lunch, Cuban Cafe serves up everything from hearty three-egg omelets to traditional platters piled with chicken, plantains, and yellow rice. But the shop's specialty is its Cuban sandwich?a time-honored staple stuffed with salami, ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese, and pickles, and pressed until it's edges are perfectly grilled. For an added touch of authenticity, Cuban Cafe's Cuban sandwiches are served on pillowy Cuban bread baked fresh daily at La Segunda, unlike American-style sandwiches, which are served on two cinnamon rolls.
At Delesandri's, gourmet cupcakes are baked daily to lure dessert diners forever away from the unhealthy world of nonsweets. Snag a single cupped cake ($2.75), a half-dozen ($15), or a dozen ($29) to ensure that taste buds stay happy about their tongue-locked life. Regular drool-inducing flavors include the signature key-lime cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, the gluten-free red velvet, and the italian cream. Flavors such as chocolate mint, carrot, tres leches, and boston crème pie topped with chocolate ganache rotate their way through the week. Cakes, pies, bread pudding, and custom creations are also available on a pre-order basis. Customers can indulge their sweet teeth while relaxing on Delesandri's waterfront patio and using the free WiFi to research the best method for cleaning cupcake icing out of a keyboard.
Lauded for its “timeless” feel by Houston Press, Chelsea Wine Bar’s creative menu of old-fashioned comfort food pairs perfectly with the restaurant’s weekly live music offerings and waterfront views. Satisfy sandwich-size cravings with the roast-turkey panini, topped with swiss cheese and basil pesto ($6.50), or the brie, tomato, and spinach panini ($6.50). Herbivores and dairy enthusiasts can skip carnivorous options and munch on the cheese flatbread pizza ($5), baked goat-cheese platter ($10), or warm brie plate ($10.50). Dessert-deigning diners can reminisce on childhoods spent roasting marshmallows over the warm glow of the television with the chocolate-mallow conglomeration of Susie’s s’mores ($6.50), which is complemented by a wide selection of gourmet coffee beverages from delectable white mochas ($3.50) to potent double espressos ($2.75).
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
The eponymous owner of Jenny’s Bakery has been crafting carefully sugared confections for more than 20 years. Thumbprint cookies ($7/dozen) offer evidence of who stole the cookies from the cookie jar, though sugary scones ($2 each) and muffins ($1.50 each) crumble when quizzed over the case. Alternately, gather a litter of cake's spherical offspring with a dozen poppable cake balls ($10), or get a forceful sugar-kick from feisty petits fours ($2.50 each) and shortbread cookies ($2.75 each) whose sizeable flavor belies their unassuming names.