The Greenville News named Coffee & Crema the Best Coffee Shop in 2010. While there aren't many reviews for the Haywood Mall location, eight Yelpers award the Forest Park Shopping Center location an average of 4.5-stars, and three Google Mappers give it a five-star average:
If tea was a person, she'd welcome you in, wrap you in a blanket, and invite you to sit by the fire. The staff at Tealoha know how comforting tea can be, and so created a space where guests are invited to lounge. Customers order their drinks?whether they be hot and blended with steamed milk, cold and stirred with fruit juice, or simply straight up?at a reclaimed-wood counter, with the bark still clinging to the edges. Then they unwind in comfortable chairs set atop a glossy stained-concrete floor, perhaps sharing bites of a fresh, hot panini as they use the wireless Internet to look up how to say, I love tea, in all of the Romance languages.
The food at The Moose Cafe couldn't be fresher if it was served off the back of a tractor. That's because the caf? perches amid the bustling vendors of the Asheville and Greensboro farmers? markets, affording its chefs a never-ending selection of seasonal ingredients. These bushels of corn, squash, and okra lend vibrant, farm-fresh flavors to the ever-changing menus of homey comfort foods, which stock tables at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In addition to frying pieces of buttermilk-soaked chicken and hand forming burger patties with Angus beef, the chefs also churn fresh apple butter to accompany piping-hot biscuits. The caf??s specials rotate daily, which allows the chefs to incorporate the markets? freshest deliveries of produce.
The confectionists at Cookies & Cream create sweet treats for birthday parties, special events, or everyday enjoyment. Patrons can customize vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cupcakes to their liking, adding frosting and more than a dozen kinds of candy pieces. Visitors can also add candy to milkshakes, or, experimentally, to an array of coffee and tea drinks. Not just a purveyor of sweets, Cookies & Cream cooks up a full spectrum of American favorites such as cheeseburgers, chilidog, and pizza, and uses radio waves from the electromagnetic spectrum to make WiFi available. The team also hosts fundraisers at its facility and helps locals design fundraising campaigns.
The Hop’s dairy mavens look no further than their own stomping grounds when culling the fresh, local ingredients they use to concoct their gourmet ice cream. Since it’s illegal to scream for ice cream in a crowded building, servers sate fierce cravings for the glacial delight by plunging creamy scoops into organic sodas, piling them into housemade waffle cones, and drizzling them with the shop’s own hot fudge and chocolate syrup. In addition to indulgent confections, The Hop caters to health-conscious gourmands with vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free ice creams made from scratch, as well as fresh-fruit sorbets and fair-trade coffee.
In addition to appeasing sweet teeth, The Hop also serves as a welcoming hangout spot where guests can enjoy free, family-friendly events, including live music, magicians, and jugglers scheduled every Tuesday. The cheerful, carefree setting also hosts birthday parties replete with a build-your-own-sundae bar and face painting.
The Asheville International Children's Film Festival entertains all-ages audiences with a tightly packed schedule of 70 cinematic works from artists in 25 countries, divided into seven blocks of short films and one feature-length movie. On Saturday, families gather in Asheville Pizza & Brewing's colorful theater to witness Round the World and Home Again, a live-action flight through the lives, dreams, and playground treaty negotiations of children in seven countries. Wee ones release exhilarated squeals at 13 shorts in Once Upon an Adventure, which fills the screen with animated and live-action feats that delight juniors without the stress of adopting a litter of knights.