Serving up an extensive menu of breakfast bites and deli fare, Coffee Pot Bistro resets clanging tummy clocks, and the café’s specialty coffee drinks provide flavorful caffeine kicks. Ante-meridiem munchers can jump-start their days with light breakfast options, such as eggs and toast ($3), or cram face crevasses with a croissant, such as the herbivore-friendly garden variety, with eggs, feta cheese, guacamole, and assorted veggies ($8). Various melts and sandwiches include Nana's chicken-salad sandwich topped with spinach, cranberries, and walnuts ($7) for a hearty meal free of Grandma’s relentless pyramid-scheme sales pitches. Coffee Pot Bistro also boasts a vast menu of specialty drinks that can be served hot, iced, or blended, such as the Laughalatté, with milk-chocolate and macadamia-nut flavors, or the white ghost, with essences of white chocolate, pistachio, and ectoplasm.
A 2010–2011 recipient of the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year award, Phoenix Rising Bakery crafts a scrumptious bounty of handmade breads, sweets, and other golden-crusted butter vessels. Each batch of artisan bread dough is kneaded to life over the course of two days using all-natural and organic ingredients, and then baked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. Accompany morning cups of coffee or tea-time chalices of mead with a fresh and flavorsome cinnamon roll ($3), or practice making kissy faces by puckering up to a lemon bar ($1.50) instead of an already slanderized milkman. Nonsweet breads are available in flavors such as sourdough, rosemary, and whole wheat, and freshly prepared 10" pizza crusts ($7 for a pack of four) make perfect canvases for homemade pies or anchovy haikus.
Within a cozy and colorful cubbyhole, the brew buffs at Sip! on the Square cater to café connoisseurs with a selection of high-quality coffee concoctions and chewable companions. Stimulate synapses sluggish from an early rising or soothe shot nerves after a night spent listening to boogey men grunting from indigestion with drip coffees such as the french roast or organic Sumatra ($1.59,12 oz.). Customers in the mood for more elaborate fare can furnish mouth caves with the thick cream of a milky mocha latte ($2.95,12 oz.) or decadent Ghirardelli chocolate frappé ($3.95,16 oz.). Like compressing Plato’s dialectics into a Bazooka Joe bubblegum comic, the quad espresso crams the vigor of a soda-sipping squirrel into one cup for a huge jolt of jack-in-the-box energy ($2.45).
The sweet-toothed masterminds of Yo So Cool chill health-conscious tongues with calcium-rich, self-serve frozen yogurt in 12 flavors du jour ($0.42/ounce). Visitors to the modern dessert lair can fill 100% recyclable cups with fruity frozen treats such as the sweet mango, tangy pomegranate, and fresh blueberry; or indulge baked-good hankerings with creamy-cheesecake and red-velvet varietals. Dessert artisans paint frozen canvases with more than 30 toppings including fresh fruit, popular cereals such as Quarterback Crunch, candy, cookies, white-chocolate-iced cake balls, and syrupy syrups. The kosher-certified sweet swirls contain live active cultures and come in gluten-free, sugar-free, and non- and low-fat varieties.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.