Scamper across Gilmon's Bakery's checkerboard floor to view colorful display cases stocked with freshly baked cakes, cookies, and cupcakes, and watch confectioners decorate their wares at a visible frosting station before smuggling home a variety of cakey cups. Each day, batter-whisperers bake 9–12 different flavors for customers to serve at weddings, parties, or successful parole hearings. Chocolate-chip cookie dough nestles next to red velvet, and tangy key lime and sweet strawberry shortcake gossip about the carrot cake's latest frosting hat. Always stylish, cupcakes regularly step out in sugar decorations that reflect the season, sports teams, or aesthetically pleasing psychic visions. Cleanse palates between cupcake courses with coffee ($1.25), bottled water ($1), or a mini cannoli ($1.25), which are not included in the price of this Groupon.
When the founders of 3 Sisters Chocolate & Bakery sought the perfect inspiration for their chocolate shop, they looked no further than three sisters they knew—one really creative, one really sweet, and one a perfectionist. When they founded 3 Sisters Chocolate & Bakery more than a decade ago, they combined these ideals to craft creative, sweet treats from family recipes with supreme attention to detail. Today, the 3 Sisters repertoire includes gourmet cupcakes, brownies, and decadent truffles. It also features the unexpected, such as chocolate pizzas and shoes, adding to the shop's mantra that chocolate is an experience, not just something to eat or pump through an IV.
Substituting fat for more healthful probiotics, Yobe refreshes taste buds with guilt-free spoonfuls of all-natural self-serve yogurt. Made with organic milk, real fruit, and no artificial sweeteners, each ounce of yogurt packs just 25 calories, letting diet-conscious taste-testers engorge stomachs while tightening belts. The shops' soft-serve machines dish out 31 classic and exotic flavors such as açaí berry, passion fruit, lychee, and vanilla ($0.49/oz). After piling bowls high with toppings, such as fresh banana, kiwi, pineapple, or m&ms, cookie dough, or peanut-butter cups, tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
Rifle through the pages of the menu at Nirvana Cafe, and you'll see dishes inspired by cuisines from across the globe—there's tender gyros and kebabs from the Mediterranean, plump perogi from Eastern Europe, and tangy Korean-style carrot salad. But there's also a variety of American favorites, such as chicken salad wraps and creamy new york cheesecake. As chefs bring these dishes to life in the kitchen, diners lounge on banquettes amid the bold red walls of the bright dining room, sipping freshly squeezed juices and imported Russian beers.
Sippers Coffeehouse's friendly baristas brew hot, iced, and blended concoctions with locally roasted arabica coffee. Steamed milk or soymilk and espresso whirl together to create macchiatos as well as hot or iced lattes in flavors such as almond, raspberry cheesecake, and white-chocolate peppermint topped with snowcaps of whipped cream. Blended drinks send energizing chills down guests' spines, while guests limiting caffeine intake may opt for chai lattes and hot chocolate to keep insides as warm and tranquil as a slumbering bunsen burner. Coffee lovers can keep it simple with a medium-size freshly brewed Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee or enliven their taste buds with the rotating flavor of the day. Posters and local art cling to turquoise, cobalt, and warm violet walls as guests surf free WiFi and lounge on a hodgepodge of bright pink club chairs, plush couches, and tables. Natural light streams into the coffee shop as drink orders are taken through a drive-thru window for tired mine carts on the go.
At Hala Cafe and Bakery, chefs whip up a selection of Turkish and Middle Eastern eats, including falafel plates, kabobs, and a number of hummus-based dishes. The menu features buffet options, as well as house specialties, such as the shawarma plate–sliced and marinated lamb or chicken, served on a bed of fresh parsley and onion and topped with tahini sauce.
A mouth-watering display of delectable delights strut their sugary stuff behind the glass encasements at Kilwin's, where all corn is freshly popped on-site. Charming storefront displays and friendly staff members welcome patrons to the shop, which has exuded the warm charm of a neighborhood confectioner since 1947. There's no purchase limit on today's Groupon, making it an infinitely rewarding gift for holiday hosts, growing kids whose sweet teeth will fall out anyway, and ravenous black holes.