Coffee can be bitter and bracing or sweet and comforting at Java Bliss. That's because baristas make their gourmet coffee in dozens of styles, from standard cups of black coffee to lattes to blended drinks pumped full of flavorful syrups. They make both steaming hot and iced drinks, and both come with an optional dollop of the shop's homemade whipped cream. Customers can pair these drinks with breakfast staples such as bagels, muffins, and egg sandwiches, which help get the morning off to a good start, like an alarm clock that only whispers compliments.
Using free trade, organic coffee, the baristas at the drive through Hot Java Café create piping-hot and refreshingly cold iced drinks. Along with the standard mochas and cappuccinos, the drink menu also includes specialties such as the Nutty Irishman, a latte with hazelnut and Irish cream, plus peanut butter blended iced coffees. Hot chocolate, strawberry milk, and Italian sodas take care of the kids, and depending on the season, guests can also enjoy eggnog lattes, apple ciders, or multiple Santas standing in line.
Bollywood Chat & Sweets specializes in chaat—flavorful street foods popular in India. The eatery's cooks prepare snack wraps and dishes such as tandoori chicken and paneer pakora, a dish of battered, deep-fried paneer cheese that's crispy and creamy at the same time. Photographs of Bollywood stars decorate the restaurant's walls, celebrating India's vibrant entertainment culture as well as its cuisine.
The bakers at Rose Marie Custom Cakes carry a firm belief that cakes are for more than just eating, proffering double-take-worthy confections disguised as Coach purses, open books, or footballs. The bakers start their masterpieces with a base of one of more than 40 cake flavors—including butterscotch rum and margarita—within which hide fillings, such as raspberry buttercream and vanilla-coffee mousse. Next, the cake designers choose from one of 25 colorful icings or assemble fondant and candy pieces to emphasize any event's theme, from Sponge Bob birthdays to Emily Dickinson bachelorette parties. Rose Marie's bakers also whip up decadent pies and prepackaged sweet treats for fundraisers, including chocolate-covered pretzels and loaded caramel apples.
Opening a closet at a restaurant typically means finding a mop bucket, but opening A Dash of Panache’s vanity closet means entering a costume wonderland. Stocked with jewelry, boas, and pastel-hued sunglasses, the lilac-walled closet brims with costumes clients can don for tea in the French-deco tea room, named “Best Tea House” by the A-List—among many accolades. The eatery serves more than 50 flavors of tea to tables draped in black tablecloths and white doilies, complementing their brews with petite sandwiches, scones and pastries on crystal plates. The 1920’s-era building also houses a family café, where visitors can nosh on sandwiches, salads and soups, and ice cream, rather than the typical family meal—the contents of a minivan glovebox. Beyond the family cafe, the back of the building has been converted into a party room, ideal for themed kid’s birthday parties.
In the early '40s, Marie Callender was baking pies for her neighbors. Her tasty dessert grew in fame, and gradually she added on coffee and snacks to complement the 200 pies she made daily. By the end of the '60s, the little pie and coffee shop had turned into Marie Callender's, a full-service American eatery now serving its famous pies throughout the country.
Chefs cook up everything from comfort food such as homestyle meatloaf and chicken pot pie to burgers so smothered in chili and cheese it requires a knife and fork to consume. They even have a full menu of healthy options, with rosemary chicken, fresh avocado and shrimp, and Cajun Atlantic salmon with broccoli all clocking in at under 600 calories. Like a clown's makeover, no meal is complete without a pie, so the bakers craft classics such as key lime as well as sour cream apple and seasonal fruit varieties.