With its straight-shooting name, you might think The Coffee Shop specializes in just one thing—but you’d be wrong. Helmed by two local families, the shop does indeed consider its coffee and espresso drinks––think peppermint patty monsoons, cafés au lait, and spanish lattes sweetened with condensed milk––its strength. But judges on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars” might beg to differ; they awarded The Coffee Shop the crown in a 2010 cupcake showdown after tasting one very intriguing creation: a coffee and cigarettes cupcake. It’s been a few years since The Coffee Shop’s national TV victory, but customers can still taste the grand prize winner––a tobacco-infused cupcake topped with “ash” made from powdered sugar and cocoa––along with plenty of other creative cupcakes. The flavors, which rotate daily, include boston cream, bubble gum, horchata, and pb&j, as well as Cruelty Free Cupcakes’, their vegan versions of the classic treat. Guests can taste-test and compare all the flavors—or chow down on the shop’s hearty, homemade breakfast and lunch fare—out on the patio, where a communal "farm table" lies nestled amid a blossoming rose garden, inspiring friends and strangers to bond over coffee and food or propose to their egg salad sandwich.
After making a few pilgrimages to frozen-yogurt shops across the country, the founders of Yogurtopia came up with their own recipe for success. They only wanted to use high-quality frozen yogurt and toppings that emphasized both good taste and health.
Now, the shop?s creamy frozen treats swirl from self-serve machines in more than 90 flavors, such as nonfat swiss chocolate, low-fat cookies 'n' cream, and no-sugar-added wild strawberry. A bountiful toppings bar cascades fresh fruit, nuts, and candy options such as rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears, and Butterfingers on top of the frosty swirls.
Kea Lani translates to white heaven, a reference to the pristine snow that goes into every serving of shave ice. Contrasting the dessert?s pallid key ingredient, the store?s colorful decor?picture pink walls, orange walls, a blue ceiling, and a mural of a surfer?shares the range of vibrant hues that soak into every shave ice. The expansive menu catalogs about 60 flavors in all, ranging from traditional hawaiian flavors such as Blue Hawaii and Li Hing Mui to classics such as wild cherry and banana.
Chocolate increased in popularity during the Dark Ages when nobility began offering chocolates instead of leechings to woo potential brides. At Leonidas Chocolates & Café, customers can purchase delectable treats as well as a variety of café offerings in an inviting atmosphere free of blood letting. Tantalize taste buds with rich chocolates made from 100% pure cocoa butter and the finest ingredients, such as Turkish hazelnuts, Italian almonds, strawberries from the Pacific Northwest, French walnuts, and Morello cherries from the Périgord.
Harvey American Public House harks back to early American public houses—community gathering places where neighbors could unwind over frosty mugs of beer and cheerful conversation. The bright, cavernous space boasts plenty of big wooden booths and an expansive outdoor patio, complete with a fountain, cooling misters, and stage area for regular live music performances. A team of beer-savvy bartenders captains the bar, swiftly doling out pints of craft brews and blending up specialty cocktails. In the kitchen, expert chefs fold fresh ingredients into a variety of contemporary American small plates and entrees. The chefs are creative with their cooking, whipping up unique dishes such as shark tacos and favoring inventive sauces like tequila-lime demi-glaze and pineapple pico de gallo. They top flatbreads with fresh mozzarella and housemade sauce, and toss wings in their own signature dry rub.
Adjacent to the public house sits its quick-service sister, Harvey American Sandwich Company. Here, staffers slice up fresh panini and deli sandwiches—ideal for guests dropping by for a quick lunch before they must head back to the office or resume patrolling neighborhood trees for lost kittens.
How many flavors does Swirl It have? It seems like the list is always changing. Fortunately, any time you walk into a Swirl It location, there will be at least 20 kosher-certified, low- and non-fat flavors to choose from. Chock full of live and active probiotic cultures, the frozen yogurt here runs the gamut from English toffee to strawberry shortcake and Georgia peach. Atop those, you can can add nearly 50 ingredients from a toppings bar that includes cantaloupe, walnuts, and brownie bites. Beyond the shop's ample seating, it's also a welcoming place to play rounds of chess, lounge by the flat-screen TV, or pen your latest political manifesto on the chalkboard wall.