Caffé Tlazo's flavor aesthetes combine organic products into rich coffee and tea selections and serve up a menu of Mediterranean-inspired fare. Perk up mornings with a signature Caffé Venice Sunset ($4.50), which descends upon tastes buds with the caffeine kick of espresso and the sweet-tooth-dominating uppercut of gourmet white chocolate and orange syrup. Breakfast edibles range from flour-tortilla wraps ($6.25) to freshly baked pastries such as scones and cinnamon rolls. The lunch- or dinnertime Sicilian panini ($7.59) packs together roast beef, provolone, and roma tomatoes to give diners a taste of Italy without having to hijack a gondola.
Brewing up a bevy of coffees, teas, and espressos, Ice House is an ideal hangout for caffeine freaks and chamomile junkies alike. To suit traditionalist sensibilities, stick to the basic coffees ($1.50–$2) or café lattes ($2.95–$3.70), and for more daring drink desires, sample from Ice House's variety of creative concoctions. Try a self-explanatory raspberry white-chocolate mocha ($3.20–$4.20) or the grasshopper frappe, a refreshing blend of espresso, mint, and vanilla, topped with whipped cream and imitation grasshoppers made from real crickets ($3.95–$4.45).
The Tasteful Cake culls frosted feasts from fresh ingredients and fixings, crafting goodies to gussy up all manner of gatherings. Cake whisperer Melissa Mydlo and her dessert-making dynamos lasso seven flavors into a posse of taste pugnacion that leaves sweet teeth stunned and wisdom teeth unable to finish their crossword: lemon and raspberry swirl serve up tangy taste-bud temptations, and the sultry trio of almond, chocolate amaretto, and red velvet offer additional after-dinner cajolery for chompers. Chocolate-vanilla and carrot-cake flavors round out the pint-sized platoon of potential treats. While this Groupon is not valid for vegan or gluten-free orders, many of The Tasteful Cake's cupcakes can be composed of vegan or gluten-free ingredients upon request for future orders to please palates of all preference.
The Cupcake Couture turns out sweet and savory gourmet cupcakes made entirely from scratch. The menu is extensive with several mouthwatering flavors?there's red velvet, chocolate chip cookie dough, turtle, and caramel oreo. But the bakers make savory cupcakes as well. One example is the Tailgate, with a base of Guinness beer cake topped with cheddar-cheese frosting and bacon. The shop will also take their shot at any flavor not on their menu upon customer request. Select cupcakes also come in mini sizes, and the sweetness here goes beyond the frosting and sugar?owner Michelle Axford enjoys working with charities, and has made cupcake contributions to Toast 2 Success and Touchdowns for Hope. The Cupcake Couture also helps make events special, with orders made for weddings, showers, and special events.
The drinksmiths at Kaukauna Coffee and Tea please the inside of mouths and mugs with fresh organic coffees, flavored lattes, teas, and specialty drinks. Start the day by savoring the rich aromas of a 16-ounce white-chocolate mocha ($3.75), or sip a 16-ounce cup of fresh organic coffee ($1.95) to energize before a morning commute or recreational space-shuttle launch. With the punch card, sippers can sample five different flavors from the menu, comparing the chocolaty tastes of the seven-layer mocha ($3.75/16 oz.) to the taste bud–tantalizing riches of the caramel royale ($3.75/16 oz.). Like the bar in the basement of the Smithsonian's warehouse, the café's inviting interior welcomes patrons to lounge on comfy couches amid an eclectic collection of antique lamps and artwork.
The staff at Big Apple Bagels toasts bread and bakes 18 different flavors of low-fat and low-cholesterol bagels using a classic recipe before slathering them with 10 different flavors of cream cheese or topping them with deli meats, cheeses, or breakfast favorites. The team also bakes cake-like muffins made with soybean oil, which produces a sweet treat low in cholesterol. Fresh-brewed coffee complements both the sweet and savory menu items while fueling heated discussions about the bagel’s natural enemy, time.