Amid cheery avocado-green walls illuminated by wrought-iron chandeliers, cooks at Off the Vine awaken gourmet appetites with innovative breakfast items and savory bistro fare. Greet the morning with a firm handshake and a hearty frittata, which merges sautéed spinach and caramelized onion with feta and fresh eggs to create a flavorful open-faced omelet. Belgian waffles wear a variety of toppings, simply adorned with sweet butter, fresh fruit, and syrup, or dressed to the nines in brown sugar, toasted walnuts, and a swirl of whipped cream. Thanks to the repeal of the omelet lobby's strict breakfast-only legislation, brunchers have the freedom to eschew morning fare for more lunch-centric spreads from the restaurant's array of small plates, salads, and sandwiches. No matter the entree selection, the waitstaff keeps bubbly mimosas filled ad infinitum.
Local cows yield local milk, which yields the local yogurt found at Yogurt Shack. Their all-natural flavors include tastes such as coconut, peanut butter, and tart, all of which are loaded with live and active cultures, protein, and other vitamins and nutrients. More than 40 toppings that range from Fruity Pebbles and M&Ms to cherries, banana chips, and cookie-dough pieces help to craft customized treat combinations.
Boasting concern for the environment and for patrons' health, Yogo Mojo serves all natural frozen yogurt made with milk from Colorado cows. Visitors can top tangy and tart frozen treats with more than 50 toppings and doodle on dry-erase tables while eating.
A USDA-certified organic bakery, Beautiful Sweets has garnered praise throughout the foodie blogosphere, in numerous publications, and on TV—including a Food Network feature—for its tummy-tingling trove of more than 500 hand-baked cookie varieties. Pastel-hued snowflake cookies fall from confectionery clouds onto outstretched tongues (16 cookies for $45), while deliciously decorated St. Patrick's Day cookies coax ornery leprechauns into finishing their brussels sprouts (16 cookies for $45). Skilled bakers invoke the flavorsome formulas of the Alternative Cook to craft gluten-free cookies, satisfying discerning dessertophiles and satiating sensitive stomachs.
A lifetime proponent of good health and nutrition practices, Julie Pech heard a knock of opportunity the moment she heard of the health benefits of dark chocolate. She decided to approach her long-ignored dream of becoming a published author head on, and she quickly penned The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate. Motivated to further share the healthy way to enjoy great chocolate, Pech then opened a storefront in 2008 where expert chocolatiers craft a host of healthy sweets each day from all-natural ingredients. While Julie has turned her attention to expanding the brand and opening new stores, new owners Jeff and Libby Nordeen are committed to continuing the mission of offering high-quality, hand-made chocolates. They have also expanded into gourmet beverages and now the staff also mix up hot lattes and cappuccinos from fresh-roasted coffee and farm-fresh, hormone-free milk, and pour cups of rich sipping chocolate that offer a liquid alternative to inhaling chocolate from your at-home vaporizer.