Le Peep's focus on breakfast and lunch stems from a decision made more than 40 years ago, when Buddy and Rhoda Waldman opened The Village Pantry in Aspen, Colorado, and—not wanting to miss a half day of skiing—would close the kitchen each day before noon. The duo would continue to tinker with their concept, stare at it through a novelty-sized microscope, and change its name before it eventually migrated to Texas. Nowadays, the kitchen staff perpetuates the breakfast-crafting tradition by offering omelets, eggs benedict, skillets, and build-your-own pancake options that use ingredients such as walnuts, bacon, pineapple, and chocolate chips. Traditional dishes are augmented with unique twists, such as the Gooey Buns, english muffins broiled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds and served with a signature side of Mom's Sassy Apples. During midday hours, a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches parades out of the kitchen accompanied by smoothies, juices, or Mother Parkers coffee. Le Peep's catering service delivers breakfast and lunch fare to homes, events, or filibustered neighborhood-watch meetings.
In Italy, l’aperitivo is time for socializing with friends over drinks and light snacks. Aperitivos Coffee & Wine Bar supplies this exact respite amid old-country surrounds of dark woods, brick, and stucco walls. Here, baristas add splashes of flavoring, such as sugar-free hazelnut, to Segafredo Coffee, or use it to craft caffeinated favorites like chai lattes. Bartenders, meanwhile, pour reds and white from an extensive list with selections that span everywhere from Argentina to Washington State.
All beverages complement upscale bistro fare, including six-ounce marinated steaks finished with blue cheese butter or flatbread pizzas topped with roasted chicken and a creamy garlic-and-onion sauce. On most weekends, feasts unfold as local musicians grace the Aperitivos stage with soothing tunes.
Ever since Baskin Robbins first began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic-flavor single scoop of rocky road ($2.49) or a seasonal double scoop of Love Potion #31 (white-chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts) ($3.99). Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts, such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4–$6). Tongue-pleasing tortoises donate their praline-lined shells to coffee- and caramel-swirled science in the Turtle Cappuccino Blast, and custom floats let treatsters plunge scoops of their favorite ice cream into a fizzy soda-pop bath.
A family-owned-and-operated shop, 8th Wonder Cupcakes bakes moist, handheld morsels every morning to provide customers with fresh, elegantly iced treats crafted from family recipes that have been passed down a long line of bakers. Customers can browse the menu and sample everyday flavors such as chocolate or red velvet, or taste featured flavors that include root-beer float, honey maple, zucchini chocolate, dark-chocolate bacon, and cotton candy. The shop even takes suggestions for new flavor combinations.