Fire-engine-red chairs and textured white walls speckled with colorful pictures of fruit create a whimsical backdrop at Fruit Froyo, a self-serve yogurt shop. The shop not only specializes in fruity frozen-yogurt flavors, including the always-popular mango and strawberry, but also serves up classic dessert flavors, such as chocolate and cheesecake. After swirling yogurt into cardboard cups or an overly friendly stranger’s hands, customers can pile on fresh fruit, granola, and chopped candy at the self-serve toppings bar.
With decadent flavors such as mango, vanilla bean, and taro packing as few as 80 calories per half-cup, the self-serve frozen yogurt at Sugar Berry is as healthy as it is delicious. Customers pump their own swirls of yogurt and sprinkle them with their choice of toppings; a staff member then weighs their creations to price them and determine whether they can be smuggled home in airline carry-on baggage. Sugar Berry also serves sippable treats: bubble teas come in flavors such as chai tea, peach, papaya, and honeydew.
Though inspired by the northern California cafés of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan’s modern coffee drinkers—in 2014 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the fifth year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a seasonally appropriate autumn spice blend and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
Hobie's Café's menu details a hearty listing of staple American entrees. Bowls of new england clam chowder ($5.75) warm palates with succulent seafood morsels in milky broth, quenching appetites. Freshly baked breads squeeze sandwich ingredients into convenient handheld packages such as the original Hobie ($5.66), whose ham and genoa salami arrive adorned in monterey jack cheese and a secret sauce blend. Meats and cheeses test their mettles in stuffed baked potatoes ($4.66), and raspberry-chicken salads ($5.66) satisfy sweet and savory hankerings as diners gaze over a collection of more than 200 baseball hats and eat upon tables made of authentic basketball court and dragon scales of questionable authenticity. Hobie's Café sits conveniently only a short walk away from Michigan State's athletic facilities.
Bruegger's bagels are created using fresh, wholesome ingredients and then kettle-boiled in the New York tradition, resulting in chewy centers with crisp outer crusts. Awaken your taste buds with a savory combination such as the rosemary olive oil bagel smothered with onion and chive cream cheese ($2.39). Or, prove yourself to be a sweetie by adopting a family of 13 bagels and washing them up and behind the ears in the two tubs of garden-veggie cream cheese in the Big Bagel Bundle ($13.99). Bruegger's deli menu is flanked by an array of breakfast sandwiches and lunch fare. Bury thoughts of the snarky snooze button with the breakfast bagel bearing an egg, melted cheese, and a choice of bacon, sausage, or ham ($3.99), or wrap your mitts around the Leonardo da Veggie lunchtime sandwich and bite into tomatoes, roasted red peppers, red onions, and muenster cheese on an asiago Softwich ($5.49).
With one offering creamy frozen yogurt and the other baking up warm, fluffy buns, Tutti Frutti and O' My Buns may seem like opposite entities. They do have one thing in common, however: sweet, endlessly customizable treats. Tutti Frutti's array of flavors includes coconut, taro, pomegranate, and many others, which holds as much allure as the frozen yogurt's health benefits—it's brimming with helpful microorganisms. In addition, several of the yogurts at Tutti Frutti are made with soy beans, which makes them lower in fat and ideal for vegans and those who can't stomach lactose. Alongside the chilly silver dispensers, there are tubs of kiwi, sprinkles, granola, and the other toppings ideal for sprinkling on cups of yogurt or luring ducks away from people who only brought bread to the park.
The simple, subtly sweet coffee buns that O' My Buns bakes fresh every day were a hit in Asia long before they graced palates in other continents. O' My Buns spurred that global expansion, allowing customers all over the world to sink their teeth into the soft pastry's crispy outer layer after customizing it with vanilla glazes, cream-cheese fillings, sesame-seed toppings, and a range of other additions.