Guests line up at the self-serve machines that stretch across Top City Frozen Yogurt Cafe’s lime-green wall, clutching their spoon in anticipation as they wait to fill their cups with swirls of YoCream frozen yogurt. After choosing from 12 rotating flavors—including no-sugar-added and sorbet options—they head over to the topping bar in the center of the room and cap their creations with crunchy cereal or candy.
Over at the serving counter, blenders whirr as they mix whole berries, peaches, and pineapples with yogurt or sorbet in smoothies. Frappes bring the buzz as they sub out the smoothie’s fruit for freshly roasted brews from Sisters Coffee Company. Guests can enjoy their frozen treats while sitting on a plush leather couch or taking advantage of free WiFi to search phrases such as “where does yogurt come from?” and “will brain freeze kill me?”.
Baristas brew up coffee, espresso, tea, and blended drinks at Global Delights, a quaint, locally owned drive thru that infuses its drinks with worldly flavors. The shop recently began roasting its own, certified organic coffee, adding to a menu that already includes pastries as well as gluten-free and vegan options from Cookie Conscious. More than just an energy boost for its customers, Global Delights also demonstrates a passion for improving the community, both by supporting other local businesses and working with Eugene charities.
A Craigslist ad for vegan entrepreneurs first connected Sheree and Kristy, which led to them launching a vegan food cart in January 2010. After a successful year with the food cart, the duo focused on creating their own restaurant. Sheree and Kristy opened the critically acclaimed Cornbread Cafe in 2011, and with it came even more delectable vegan spins on classic comfort foods. In lieu of pulled pork, for instance, they toss shredded seitan into sandwiches with slaw and barbecue sauce, and a cashew-based ?unCheese? sauce smothers their mac and cheese. Along with making 95% of their menu in-house with organic fixings, the caf??s cooks remain committed to local ingredients, as well as whipping up myriad gluten-free options.
With produce, meat, and bread culled from local vendors, the culinary team at Food Love crafts a variety of sandwiches and salads within a cozy food truck. Between slices of buttered bread, chefs sandwich ingredients such as green apples, raspberry jam, and melted munster cheese. Along with salads and tomato soup, the menu includes numerous vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Through its sister company, Angie Cakes, Food Love also sells post-meal cupcakes and pastries. Visitors can take their grub to go or feast at the outdoor seating area equipped with real plates and silverware, taunting passersby with the sights, smells, and if they're lucky, feels of the tasty nibbles.
Juicy Berry's bounty of frozen-yogurt flavors changes frequently, tempting taste buds with yogurts that include vegan, organic, and nondairy options. At any given time, the selection may include flavors such as signature Asian tart, cake batter, pomegranate raspberry, and caramel, customizable with candy toppings and fresh fruit.
For nearly 20 years, chef Ib Hamide has put his distinct spin on Mediterranean cuisine at Cafe Soriah. He fuses Old World and New World flavors by using local ingredients, such as wild-caught salmon and Pacific Northwest clams, in classic recipes culled everywhere from Cairo to Athens.
With those fixings, he crafts starters such as bruschetta crowned with grilled lamb and feta relish, plus mains such as chicken breast wrapped in pastry and served with goat cheese-flavored brown sauce. He caters to vegetarians with options such as local tofu and stir-fried veggies doused in coconut-milk curry sauce.
Locally made wine and beer complement feasts, which unfold amid local artwork inside the cafe?s spacious 110-seat dining room. When the weather?s nice and the sun isn't shooting laser beams from its eyes, guests can dine out on a cozy outdoor patio.