Since opening its doors in 1997, the charming java joint has helped countless customers do the same for their eyeballs. Shuffle your favorite pair of slippers into Sunrise at sunrise to get caffeinated with a handcrafted hot or cold barista-concocted beverage. Or stop by the storefront after work to pick up a bag of regular, flavored, or decaf beans to brew at home. Percolation purists can get their fix with classic sippables such as coffee ($1.50 for 12 oz.), cappuccino ($2.75 for 12 oz.), and iced lattés ($3.25 for 16 oz.), while thrill seekers can go reverse scuba diving by sending glorious waves of mocha breve ($4 for 12 oz.), fruit smoothie ($4 for 16 oz.), or vanilla coffee cooler ($4 for 16 oz.) into the deep caverns of their stomach's sea. Sunrise's tea list is equally comprehensive, ranging from non-flavored black varieties to delightfully fruity options such as vanilla coconut white tea, decaf wildberry plum, and blackberry sage.
Snowflakes revives the spirit of the ’50s with its themed décor and menu of malt-shop favorites. Snowballs of shaved ice take on dozens of flavors, such as butterscotch, cola, and piña colada, with many options available in sugar-free versions. Hot dogs are fashionably dressed at the toppings bar, where they receive dousings of onions, bacon bits, and sauces. The shop mixes up frosty shakes and malts in more than 60 flavors, and curates a collection of retro sodas by the bottle, including classics such as Howdy Soda, Mason's Root Beer, and Mountain Condensation.
Kinetic Brew's repurposed movie marquee and diminutive exterior camouflage a treasure trove of specialty tea and espresso drinks. Using only organic, fair-trade beans, groomed in Lincoln by Cultiva Coffee Roasting Company and doused in positive karma by smiling barista-gurus, Kinetic Brew quenches thirsts for full flavor and global partnership, like a liquefied World Cup tournament. Basic drip coffee (starting at $1.50) flanks a full contingent of traditional espresso drinks ($1+) as well as a more exotic set of specialty lattes, from the Mayan-spiced 2012 mocha to the honey- and cinnamon-kissed goodness of The Hive (starting at $3.25). Sate the eye's desire for beauty with the delicate green tones of Gun Powder tea or the tonsils' craving for Atlantic-crossing adventures with the malty robustness of the English Breakfast (starting at $1.00). All drinks glow happily when paired with one of Kinetic Brew's homemade sauces or syrups, and a full battery of alternative milks please vegans and lactose-intolerant cows.
Though many fro-yo shops have sprung up in recent years, TCBY is no newcomer to the scene. Since 1981, its shops have been scooping, swirling, and topping their lower-fat treat in crunchy candy and fruity sprinkles—but that doesn't mean they've been coasting. They're still innovating, whether it's tweaking standby flavors or developing their signature honey-vanilla Greek frozen yogurt that dishes out protein and fiber without any fat. Fro-yo artisans blend up Beriyo smoothies in flavors such as mangolada and purely peach or infuse Shivers with a choice of sweet topping options. To celebrate a birthday, you can opt for frozen yogurt cakes and pies. The treats are layered with frozen yogurt and rich toppings to forge flavors such as chocolate decadence and peanut-buttery fudge pie.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry-pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and the creamerie also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings, such as fruit and honey. Ice cream creations run between $3.75 and $5.75, depending on size and location.