At Cafe Creme Coffee Shop and Bakery, baristas pour fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks as the kitchen staff prepares crisp salads, hearty sandwiches, and house-made baked goods. Elegantly presented cupcakes accompany a selection of pies, cheesecakes, and custom-made cakes for birthdays and showers. Diners cross the checkered floor and settle at wooden tables, which are illuminated by studio lighting in a cozy environment permeated by WiFi and the comforting whispers of invisible fairy godmothers.
Sizzling fajitas, grilled shrimp, and overstuffed burritos emerge steaming from the kitchen at El Patron Mexican Restaurant. Those who can’t settle on just one dish can pick 1 of 25 combination plates that brim with tacos, enchiladas, chili rellenos, and other south-of-the-border favorites. They can bolster their spicy feasts with lime, mango, strawberry, or peach margaritas, which they can enjoy frozen, on the rocks, or through the bell of a mariachi player’s trumpet.
Seven robust flavors coat the wings at Woody's Pub and Grub, which has been filling the bellies of diners with hearty pub food for over a decade. After sampling the buffalo, mesquite, or raspberry hot wings, the menu's make-your-own salads, walking tacos, and pub burgers appear at the table, ready to be devoured and washed down with an cold, frothy beer.
Ashland Pizza and Pub's unassuming redbrick building holds in bold aromas of bubbling cheese, garlic, tomato sauce, and crisping dough. Chefs can stretch their thin-crust pies to diameters of 8 inches, 12 inches, and 16 inches, although a bounty of topping options—including pepperoni, mushrooms, ground beef, black olives, bacon, and pineapple—enables patrons to control the exact height of their pizza. Specialty pizzas include The Eagle Supreme, a hearty creation that incorporates four styles of meat, and are served alongside customizable subs. The pizzeria also makes life a little easier for the busy lunch crowd by having hot slices ready to go from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For diners with time to spare or a physics of baseball exam to study for, Ashland Pizza and Pub hypes a 150-inch projection screen, as well as many other large-screen TVs in the casual sports bar area. Live music is also offered every Friday night starting at 8 p.m.
The Copper Kettle’s menu is a throwback to simpler times. Country-fried steak, fried chicken, and beef pot roast are just three of the kitchen’s dinner specialties. Each comes with macaroni and cheese or potatoes, plus a trip to the salad bar. If they still have room, diners can finish the meal with one of six homemade pies, including apple, lemon, and sugar-free banana crème. Breakfast—from biscuits and gravy to fluffy flapjacks—is served morning or night. The Copper Kettle also has a kid’s menu, featuring chicken strips and grilled cheese to keep tykes from stealing bites off their parent’s plates or chewing off their own arm.
The donut-makers at Donut D-Light roll, shape, and bake their sweet pastries by hand each day, filling the small café's glass display cases with colorful rounds and rolls. They fashion 12 styles of cake and glazed donuts, infusing them with rich chocolate or more eclectic varieties such as banana chocolate chip and apple spice. Bakers also assemble 20 types of specialty donuts and pastries, such as cookies and cream, bacon-maple bars, and cinnamon rolls the size of an attractive man's face, allegedly. Baristas dole out soft drinks and pour brewed coffee by Lakota Coffee Company to help wash down bites.
As Quiznos toasted subs emerge slowly from the oven, guests first sense a toasty aroma, followed by a glimpse of artisan bread crisped to a golden brown, with cheese bubbling over meat such as all-natural chicken, tender prime rib, and italian meatballs. Next, sandwich-smiths layer on fresh veggies and top culinary creations with pestos, sauces, and premium spreads.The menu's first-rate ingredients form a fleet of classic and signature subs, including the baja chicken, which comes adorned with bacon, cheddar, onions, and a drizzle of sweet and spicy sauces. Savory grilled flatbreads and sub sliders extend options beyond the standard sub, and vegetable and meat combinations form fresh salads, which staffers can easily metamorphose into wraps by cocooning them inside Italian-herb tortillas. Customers can stop in for lunch, dash in and out to enjoy a park-bench dinner, or bring their unicycle to juggle their meal home.