Cannon Coffee Shop serves hot mugs of freshly brewed coffee and a variety of tasty treats. Energize with one of the myriad bean-infused drinks available, such as an iced coffee ($2), a brain-jolting double espresso ($1.50), a creamy mocha ($3.75/16 oz.), or a latte ($2.50/12 oz.) decorated with florally patterned milk-froth. Grilled sandwiches, such as the zucchini panini ($4.25) or turkey florentine panini, made with basil aioli, fresh spinach, and melted cheese ($5.25), muffle the grumbles of newly caffeinated hunger pangs. Cannon Coffee Shop also offers coffee beans and loose tea for purchase in bulk, perfect for brewing at home or aboard the international space station.
Sugar Cafe owner Kelly James, a fixture in Pittsburgh's gourmet-pastry scene, opened the doors in February 2011 to reveal a menu of delectable sweets and savories crafted in-house by a team of dedicated chefs. Visitors can dine on specialties such as a black forest ham sandwich with sliced granny smith apples, gouda, and spicy mustard on a french baguette, or a sandwich with eggplant and tomato roasted by the heat of food-grade fireworks and topped with parmesan cheese and toasted garlic mayonnaise on ciabatta bread. An elevated bakery exhibits the mouthwatering work of prodigious bakers and sous chefs, who converge each morning to whip up desserts such as Grand Marnier cheesecake, vanilla-chai cupcakes, and lemon pound cakes. Complimentary WiFi keeps patrons comfortably connected, and a BYOB policy allows guests to bring along a bottle of wine to accompany meals or christen a ship on the way home.
The sugar-savvy staff of The Gingerbread Shop guides guests to furnish four types of festively shaped sugar cookies during 60-minute Valentine's Day–themed confectionary workshops. During the decorating festivities, aficionados share aesthetic tips and techniques, such as finding complimentary colors and how to fit an entire love sonnet onto one side of a cookie. Participants dress up their two-dimensional works in warm, festive fashion using varied confections from a candy buffet as well as a plethora of other colorful decorating supplies. When done designing their sweet holiday themes, guests can surround a card-decorating station to design custom love notes, well wishes, and illustrations of Michael Bolton's likeness using a range of provided craft supplies.
Operated by the same family for nearly 90 years, the ovens at Keystone Bakery fire up fresh, preservative-free treats every day according to a catalog of more 1,000 family recipes for breads, pies, and cakes. Blackberry pies pack in bushels of berries from Oregon and Washington ($7.99), and each caramel-apple-walnut pie ($7.50) mixes White House apples with nuts cracked by reliable Secret Service interrogation tactics. Other sweets such as the toasted-almond-whipped-cream cake ($12.09) or mini cream rolls ($10.49/24) close out holiday meals on a decadent note. The powerful aroma of fresh-baked french or marble-rye bread ($2.59+/loaf) drifts throughout both bakeries, triggering nostalgic sense memories of peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and chalk circles etched on sidewalks. Those ordering pies should call the bakery at least 24 hours in advance to make sure crusted pastries are armed for spontaneous food fights.
Hookah Bookah wafts the gentle aromas of its tobacco arsenal, allowing patrons to customize their hookahs with various flavors, a number of bowls and hoses, and an appetizing menu of munchables. A single bowl ($9.95) can brim with one of 22 premium, flavored tobaccos, such as mango, jasmine, or honey ($1 for single flavor), or with a heaping of 1 of 14 exotic tobaccos from a list that includes banana split and pomegranate ($3 for single flavor). Lung-powered fog machines can arrive sporting up to three distinct hoses ($4), although Hookah Bookah's policies foster sanitary smoke-ring creation by mandating that no more than three guests may share a multihose hookah and only one person may use a single-hose hookah. Patrons can accessorize their mini-cloud generators with natural coals, ice in the base, or political bumper stickers for additional fees.
Sweet Tammy’s has thrived as a friendly neighborhood bakery, offering artfully crafted cupcakes from fresh ingredients. Today, the bakery is also participating in National Just Desserts Day in honor of the premiere of Bravo's Top Chef: Just Desserts. Check the website for details on how to score a free dessert, today only (you can redeem your Groupon starting tomorrow).