The People's Perk is aptly named; the cozy coffee shop not only brings people together in a comfortable, cozy atmosphere, it also showcases the local art that makes Greensboro such a vibrant community. Visitors can enjoy the rich aroma of unique artisan coffees as they survey paintings and crafts by area artists and The People's Perk co-owners Nancy and Karen themselves. But just as Greensboro isn't all about coffee and art, neither is this cafe; it also serves local donuts and gluten-free baked goods.
At The Secret Tea Room, 30-year restaurant veteran John L. Magee and his family of chefs, bakers, and waiters serve gourmet lunch fare and elegant Queen’s teas. On tabletops, pots of Jasmine Fanning green teas, peppermint herbal teas, or any selection of their 24 varieties of fresh look leaf teas imported from around the world rest beside bone china and three-tiered trays of sandwiches and English-style scones. The café’s specialty Crab Cake YaYa, served with fried green tomatoes, napa-cabbage-green-apple-bacon slaw, and housemade rémoulade sauce, headlines a menu of salads and sandwiches. In addition to its parties and luncheons for adults, The Secret Tea Room hosts tea parties for 4- to 8-year-olds, featuring kid-size servings and teacups that transform into robots.
The Cherry Pit Cafe and Pie Shop is the comfort-food creation of husband-and-wife team Brian and April. The focus here is made-from-scratch foods, ranging from omelets and quiches for breakfast to hearty dinner staples like chicken pot pie and homemade meatloaf. The bakery kicks out equally enticing desserts?lattice-top cherry, dutch apple, and coconut pies are also made from scratch, as are the selection of cookies and muffins.
Within the bright, modern shop marked by a kaleidoscopic neon stripe, patrons decorate each dish of fresh frozen yogurt with a collage of eclectic toppings. The frozen treat is available in eight daily rotating flavors, and desserters can load up on layered combination of yogurts or stick to monochrome fro-yo in its original flavor. To garnish the uncharted summits of yogurt precipices, patrons explore the toppings bar, which boasts a spread of edible ornaments such as Andes mints, brownies, and fresh fruits. The staff ensures all fruit is as fresh as possible by slicing it daily and prepping it with a neon hoodie and dope sunglasses.
Selim Oztalay had been having sweet dreams of opening his own Italian gelato shop for many years. Growing up in Germany allowed him to not only be exposed to a variety of cultures, but also a variety of artisan gelato flavors that he missed when he moved to the United States. Hoping to expose American tongues to fine Italian flavors, he opened Gnam Gnam Gelato & Bistro. Named after the Italian saying for "delicious," Gnam Gnam makes visitors say just that with a rotating selection of more than 80 inventive gelato flavors made fresh and onsite daily. Servers heap scoops of the bistro’s namesake treat disguised as eggnog, tiramisu, and Nutella, and the spaghetti gelato reimagines its savory counterpart with vanilla gelato, strawberry syrup, white-chocolate shavings, and a longing for the old country. Those with larger hankerings can be sated with entrees from the full menu which features made-to-order artisan paninis, fresh salads, and combo meals.
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks consisting of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The caf??s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic a?a? and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser-vision-inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.