Roasting and blending its coffee beans on-site, the independently owned Foggy Bottom Coffee House serves a percolating variety of rich java-inspired flavors and a host of palate-balancing sandwiches. Drink one of Foggy Bottom's coffees in the café or take home a pound to brew at home, with variations including the Killer Baboons dark roast, a spicy cup of joe with a smattering of chocolate tones ($13.13/lb.), and the Kenyan AA, with hints of mandarin orange ($14.36/lb.).
The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 16 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972?the company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012?and now shares its oven-mastery with three other Toledo-area locations as well as one in Ann Arbor, MI.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
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.
Though inspired by the northern California cafés of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan’s modern coffee drinkers—in 2012 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the third 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.