Orders from around the world inundate chefs at Frances' Bakery, who bake their fresh goods daily from recipes that have delighted taste buds and kept lonely recipe cards company for almost a century. The shop's rich custom espresso drinks pair with freshly filled cannolis, dainty chocolate éclairs, and sugar-free desserts. Thick Sicilian-style focaccia bread, topped with a blend of spinach, artichoke hearts, and tomatoes, adds a unique spin to the pizza concept, and traditional New Orleans muffuletta piles layers of baked ham, salami, cheese and olives upon a hefty round of italian bread.
World Coffee keeps caffeine-consumers running smoothly with a saccharine selection of coffee, tea, espresso, latte, cappuccino, and cider drinks. Avant garde guests can break free of stereotypical brews, adding up to two shots of syrup to concoct such heady mixes as the chocolate-covered-cherries latte, seasoned with Ghiradelli chocolate and cherry flavorings. Earthy options include the trail-mix latte—infused with shots of almond, hazelnut, and chocolate— and the sugar-free zebra steamer pays homage to the world's most confusing-looking equine by muddling sugar-free white and milk-chocolate syrups in warm, frothy milk. The shop's free WiFi allows gulpers to send unlimited apology emails to former gym teachers until closing time.
TCBY (aka The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 96% fat-free yogurt containing benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The Metairie location dishes up cups of silky soft-serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($3.25–$4.25). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings ($0.69–$0.99). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrilicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.25–$5.49). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a hand-scooped traditional sundae ($4.99). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
When you’ve got five kids at home, making birthday cakes becomes part of your regular routine. But it wasn’t before too many birthdays had passed that Cherie Berget’s cakes started gaining the attention of her friends and family, and soon enough, Nola Belles was in business creating custom decorated cakes. Now serving the area for more than eight years, Berget has tackled everything from elegantly tiered cakes for weddings to colorful fondant-topped desserts for a child’s birthday. Underneath the layers of customized decorations lies a base of fluffy cake in a range of flavors. While clients love the fresh flavor of her cream de mint cake or her creamy coconut sponge cake filled with coconut pastry cream, her signature dessert is a white almond cake filled with fresh strawberries and topped with layers of vanilla buttercream and chocolate-dipped strawberries. She can pare down the sizes of her cakes to create dozens of cupcakes, or create cakes using cookies for a fun alternative celebration centerpiece.
Though the dishes at Cat's Coffee may seem simple, the chefs pack big flavors into each of their 11 handcrafted sandwiches, 5 salads, and breakfast and dessert options. White, wheat, or french bread is crowned with layers of protein such as ham, turkey, and meatballs before being introduced to slices of swiss and provolone cheese and exchanging polite bows. Fresh beds of lettuce are decorated with colorful ingredients, such as fresh tuna, ripe tomatoes, and croutons, before being topped with a splash of ranch, italian, or caesar dressing.
Twenty-four high-end gaming computers, 13 Xbox 360s, and one 70-inch LCD TV. ICE Computer Cafe has everything you need to spend a night gaming. When parents want a night to themselves, they can take their kids to ICE Computer Cafe to play dance and karaoke games on the TV or challenge themselves to beat their high scores on Internet and Xbox games. An onsite repair shop fixes bugs in computers and consoles, and a full-service caf? offers frozen coffee, smoothies, and snacks.