Eyes widen and noses take a big whiff as guests enter I Heart Cafe and are greeted by leaf-green walls, pink cartoon cupcakes, and an Asian fusion menu of French-inspired pastries and creamy Vietnamese coffee. Made-to-order beignets can be topped with cinnamon sugar or used as pillows until espresso drinks open sleepy eyelids. Nearly a dozen Asian teas, including jasmine, lychee, and mango varieties, pair nicely with weekend dim sum or hearty bánh mi sandwiches.
Paw Paw's is a quaint little 50's style soda shoppe with old fashioned ice cream desserts, and a more modern day menu. We pride ourselves on using the best ingredients we can find to make your meal or Dessert a delight to the palate. All of our soups, salads and daily desserts are homemade. Famous for our chicken salad.
At Ace's Gourmet Paninis, culinary-school grad Chef Van presides over an unlikely marriage between the Italian-born panini and the flavors of Southern comfort fare. He presses only quality ingredients into his sandwiches, including three signature paninis loaded with chicken, beef brisket, or pulled pork slathered in house barbecue sauce. His menu also flaunts a separate breakfast section that highlights paninis and burritos stuffed with more eggs and meats than a vending machine for bodybuilders. His renditions of childhood favorites, such as peanut butter and jelly, even please pintsize palates. Patrons can settle in to surf free WiFi in the eatery or grab a takeout container to feast at home.:
When Carlene Saelg and Rita Davis moved from Austin to Dallas in 2007, they immediately began their search for their new favorite coffee joint. They didn't find it. Instead of despairing, the duo took matters into their own hands and created their idea of the perfect coffee shop, which they decided had to include a cozy space, a vibrant community of regulars, and a menu of delicious beverages. A mere six months after opening, The Pearl Cup had become a Henderson Avenue hit and its signature drink, The Pearl Latte, had been named the best latte in town by D Magazine. The Pearl Latte, just like the rest of The Pearl Cup’s decadent coffee drinks, starts with direct-source beans purchased at above fair-trade prices and roasted by local Texas roasters. From there, skilled baristas craft shots of straight espresso, carafes of French press, or robust drip coffee made from custom bean blends. Those who opt for a dressed-up drink, such as a cappuccino or latte, will notice that The Pearl Cup's sizes are a bit smaller than those of big-name chains; this is all in a well planned effort to maintain the integrity of the coffee profile, rather than overwhelming it with milk or a cup it can't climb out of. No matter the size, customers will likely want to match their drink with what D Magazine called “first-rate” paninis and hummus.
Palio?s Pizza Caf? may boast multiple locations, but the cuisine is unique to each kitchen. The restaurant?s chefs commit to serving specialty pizzas on handmade dough, crafted from high-protein, red-bran wheat. They top this crust with all-natural marinara and pizza sauces, real mozzarella cheese, and farm-fresh produce. The blending of fine ingredients produces some classic and more unusual pies, ranging from a meat lover?s with four staple pizza proteins to a pie that combines roasted flavors of poultry and cashews.
Of course, the restaurant?s commitment to quality doesn?t end with their food. They also invest time in making community events special. They regularly participate in fundraisers for high-school bands, charities such as the Arthritis Foundation, and local Scout troupes and chicken coops.
Fat Straws isn't making fun of its drinking implements—its straws have to be wide in order to suck out the large tapioca pearls resting at the bottom of the café's bubble teas. The traditional beverage made from Chinese black tea, creamer, and sugar teems with firm, never sticky tapioca balls that infuse each sip with a chewy surprise. For those who prefer a smooth texture, the café creates a slew of artisan teas available hot or iced, along with smoothies, slushes, and shakes, such as the Green Tea milkshake's blend of Japanese green tea and green-tea ice cream.