If you're not careful, a visit to Cafe Nova in the morning for a cup of espresso or frothy cappuccino could go for hours, which is perfectly acceptable as Cafe Nova serves Mediterranean lunches and dinners in addition to breakfast. Start off with a cup of coffee and a croissant drizzled in honey before moving on to crispy falafels, cucumber and feta rolls, and flaky spanakopita. Then, as dinner rolls around, feast on shrimp skewers, burgers, and paninis paired with glasses of wine, beer, or martinis from the full bar.
Still hungry? Try a dessert—such as baklava, cupcakes, or hot chocolate spiked with Bailey's—while relaxing and surfing Cafe Nova's free WiFi.
Inside Eddie’s unassuming storefront shop on Kingshighway, there’s a doughy, deep-fried world waiting to be explored. Display cases showcase the shop’s inventory: eclectic batches of freshly made doughnuts, with old favorites lined up alongside innovative creations. Visitors can bite into caramel Long Johns or custard-filled pastries dusted lightly with powdered sugar. No matter the filling, topping, or shape, each of Eddie’s doughnuts guarantee's a punch of fresh-baked flavor while ensuring undercover bagels don't sneak in with a glazed jacket on.
Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.
It would be easy to pass an entire week at Infinite Tan & Spa, lounging on massage chairs, gossiping with the nail technicians, and sunning in advanced tanning beds as stereos pipe in your favorite CDs. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the only people who are able to spend an extended period of time at this tranquil oasis are the staff of specialists, who perform professional haircuts, adorn nails in Shellac polish, and soothe muscles with Swedish, deep-tissue, sports, and prenatal massages. When administering professional facials, the expert aestheticians cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize skin to smooth wrinkles, reduce pores, and remove any last-minute shopping lists you might have hastily jotted on your forehead.
Butter, farm-fresh eggs, cream cheese, cake flour, confectioners and granulated sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract—those seven ingredients are all it takes to make a Gooey Louie gooey butter cake. Owners Kirk and Debbie Stieferman and their crew make each cake from scratch in small batches, following a recipe four generations old, which has led to them being named the "Favorite Gooey Buttercake" by the Riverfront Times five years running. From scratch means the ingredients are all natural and put together by hand—they even sift their own flour. Customers can pick up an original cake, or choose from different flavored iterations, such as chocolate raspberry, peanut-butter cup, and pumpkin. They even craft miniature versions of their cakes for catered events such as weddings and food fights.
At Smiles Coffeehouse, the menu features a varied selection of sandwiches, salads, and, of course, coffee drinks. Baristas brew mochas, macchiatos, and iced coffee. Sandwich makers, meanwhile, stack roasted chicken breast, pesto, marinara, tomato, and melted provolone to make the chicken focaccia sandwich—one of seven signature sandwiches. If the caffeine boosts and savory sandwiches aren't enough to perk up patrons, bright yellow and red walls fill the interior like a sunrise or a sky with lots of paint in it.