Red Poppy Coffee Co. brews up ambrosial coffee potions and feeds starving minds with selections from its lunch menu. While silently studying ancient Latin gossip mags, café-goers can sip a rich white-chocolate Lyrical latte ($3.09+) or gourmet coffee ($1.48+), or select a favorite leafwater from a variety of 40 tempting teas.
Dairy mavens at Zero Degrees Ice Cream handcraft more than 40 ice-cream flavors daily, and then pepper their creamy depths with fresh chunks of fruit and chocolate morsels. Scoops splash across homemade waffle cones, and cakes and cupcakes beat out ice sculptures of The Thinker as eye-nabbing frozen centerpieces.
Berry Cool Frozen Desserts charms guests with an array of frozen creations, all served under one roof. Signature banana bliss ice cream booms with bold flavor while rich vanilla custard treats tongues to a simple return to decadence. Those looking for a light take on a post-meal sweet can sample fresh mango ice or reduced-fat coconut caramel gelato. Behind the counter, friendly staff members toss a mix of fruits, ice, and juice into blenders to create fresh smoothies ideal for drinking on the go. Frozen yogurt flavors, including customer favorites cake batter and white-chocolate mousse, stand ready to be sprinkled with more than 60 available toppings, swapped seasonally to ensure the freshest ingredients.
While they've expanded their menu, the owners remain environmentally conscious, providing recycling bins for paper and plastic products, recycles most of their packaging, exclusively use recycled materials, including cup and spoons, and conserves energy with LED lights and minimum water usage in their operations. Along with customizing their sweet-of-choice, visitors can customize their tunes by plugging their own mp3 players or phones into a stereo system in the shop's music corner.
Berry Cool Frozen Desserts is committed to the Austin community, frequently partnering with local schools and charities. They also work with many vendors that share their commitment to the environment and have sustainable practices.
Nothing Bundt Cakes mixes fresh eggs, genuine butter, and real cream cheese into rounded risers worthy of slapping up on mom's fridge. Choose from nine moistened cake flavors such as ravishingly rich red velvet or swirlishly scrawled marble. Lemon bundt cake goes particularly well with tea parties attended largely by rabbits, mice, eccentric haberdashers, and confused British girls, while raging chocoholics can get a day’s worth of fixes with the moist, decadent chocolate chocolate chip. Every cake, from the pineapple-studded carrot cake to the streusel-like praline pecan, comes topped with thick petals of Nothing Bundt’s signature cream-cheese frosting. Sizes start as small as a single serving (wee bundtlets are $3.99 each, $45 per dozen) all the way up to a two-tiered cake ($65) that resembles a frosted snowman perfect for any autonomous ice monster's first birthday.