It's not often that following one's sweet tooth leads to a healthy snack, but Polar Beary's frozen yogurts break the mold. Healthy probiotics, vitamins, and proteins congregate within the shop's custom flavors, made onsite from scratch. The yogurt chefs eschew the aid of artificial ingredients like corn syrup and preservatives, relying instead on the flavors of organic fruits and natural oils. Specialty toppings such as mochi ice-cream balls and popping boba add exciting twists to favorite flavors or particularly sticky ammunition to protracted food skirmishes.
Yogur-Le-Hee's dessert artisans craft an array of chilled treats from house-made frozen yogurt within a modern space accented with lime-green and cherry-red walls. Patrons can sink spoons into flavors such as pomegranate, honeydew, blueberry, milk chocolate, and pistachio from a menu ($3.50 for a small, $6.15 for a large) that rotates like a dessert-slinging tilt-o-whirl. They can also pile unlimited toppings upon fresh parfaits ($5.75). Infused with real fruit, antioxidant-rich raspberry-delight, peach-pizzazz, and mango-madness smoothies ($5.50 each) make for sweet snacks that are healthier than the high priests of the food pyramid.
The Patio's casual menu of from-scratch soups, vertically impressive sandwiches, and fresh-baked goods has earned a place in locals' hearts and has even caught the printed eye of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sandwiches such as the pastrami Reuben on marbled rye or the chicken salad snuggle with potato chips and a mini muffin, whose small stature masks a desire for world domination. Diners can marvel at the bistro salad's symphony of flavor, with roasted pecans, dried cranberries, and the baritone rumblings of oven-roasted turkey drizzled with citrus vinaigrette. Café cups house hearty ladles of daily soup specials, including the popular creamy chicken and wild rice, and freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, and bars decorated with sinful toppings or adorable icings add a sweet exclamation point to the end of a casual lunch or dinner. Those opting for the catered box lunches can order any of 11 types of sandwiches, with vegetarian options available, for pickup, delivery, or teletransportation within three miles of the café.
Hot. Cold. At World of Coffee and Tea, these polar opposites exist in perfect harmony, filling out either side of the menu with more than a dozen different concoctions each. On the hot side, potable doses of energy come in the form of coffee and steamy espresso drinks such as chai lattes and apple cider. Likewise, chilled elixirs include everything from iced tea and frappuccinos to fruit smoothies. Homemade muffins, pastries, and sandwiches complement the drinks, and visitors can retreat to a cozy lounge area with a newspaper to read the day's wacky anagrams from the president.
Armed with expert baking techniques gleaned from her grandmother, Lee Staten crafts scrumptious baked goods in 18 gourmet flavors at her new cupcakery, Simply Cupcakelicious. Celebrate a birthday, retirement, or a personal assistant’s vastly improved alphabetizing skills with 50 two- to three-bite miniature cupcakes in two premium flavors or one dozen gourmet cupcakes in a single selected flavor. Cake lovers can sate cravings with varieties such as a sweet-and-salty vanilla cupcake with buttercream topping, which is drizzled in caramel and sea salt and crowned by a regal pretzel. Revelers may also pick jelly cups oozing with real peanut-butter and raspberry flavors or strawberry delights packed with fresh berry and vanilla and then iced with a cream-cheese topping. Simply Cupcakelicious supplies vegan and gluten-free treats as well, which have never been milked out of captive, oversize wedding cakes. Call ahead to place an order or to debate the ancient question of whether icing or cake came first. Groupon customers in the Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, and Woodstock area can also purchase a delivery for $5 (a $10 value) or schedule a free pickup time.