Cafes in Mint Hill

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The Daily Grind’s cozy, earth-toned café houses a lengthy menu of fragrant beverages and a wall of packed bookshelves. Guests can chitchat on barstools or cuddle in cozy armchairs, fingers or ankles encircling freshly brewed café mochas ($2.75) or grasping wine stems supporting savory doses of merlot ($5; not included in today's deal). Nine flavors of hot chocolate ($2.85–$3.35) sate taste buds, including salted caramel and spicy hot chocolate. Gently used books for sale, scanning, or using to build impenetrable forts line the walls, inviting readers to dive into their lightly weathered pages, and ear drums can engage in the occasional live concert.

1780 Main St W
Locust,
NC
US

Cuisine Type: American food and espresso

Established: 2013

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Parking lot

Most popular offering: Homemade ice cream in 20+ flavors

Kid-friendly: Yes

Alcohol: None

Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pro Tip: All of our menu items are fresh and made-to-order. Nothing is pre-cooked or processed.

Q&A with the Owner

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

It's satisfying to provide customers and the community with good food and a family-friendly environment. Our goal is to be the spot where people want to come, feel welcomed, and leave full. This venue gives us an opportunity to work with our two passions: food and people.

What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?

We make all of our ice cream flavors and sorbets on-site daily. You can also order an ice cream cake in your favorite flavor instead of settling for a mediocre supermarket ice cream cake.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are a husband-and-wife team that enjoys cooking, working, and seeing people enjoy both the food and the experience here at In The Mood Cafe.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our menus feature breakfast all day, and we use white-meat chicken breast and certified Angus beef in our panini and burgers. We prepare our chopped salads based on your vegetable and protein choices. We also cut our own french fries and soak them in kosher salt. Our ice cream contains premium ingredients, which will be obviously clear when you taste it. Feel free to sample a couple of flavors before making your final selection so that you can truly experience the difference in our ice cream. Also, we function as a full espresso bar and have a full coffee menu that includes lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and herbal teas.

1361 Chestnut Ln
Matthews,
NC
US

Jerusalem Cafe?s chefs combine tzatziki sauce, tahini, and creamy hummus with skewered meats to create classic Mediterranean dishes. They tuck falafel and gyro meat into pita wraps and slowly cook chicken seasoned with a special blend of spices. Smaller bites include spinach pie and veggie-stuffed grape leaves. Inside the eatery, stone accents join framed pictures of Israeli cities along the red walls.

3116 Weddington Rd
Matthews,
NC
US

In it's own words, Cafe Bliss strives to serve as an extension of it's clients' own home kitchen. That homey quality is readily apparent the moment patrons step inside. In the lobby, they're greeted with built-in bookshelves studded with quaint potted plants, china, and other knick-knacks, not to mention a glass pie case filled with decadent desserts like baklava and carrot cake. The feel-good vibe permeates the menu as well, which features comfort foods ranging from Belgian waffles and create-your-own omelets to quiche, creamy alfredo penne, and house-made tuna salad, which chefs happily stuff into croissants or diners' outstretched palms. A dedicated gluten-free menu provides nearly a dozen options from chicken kabobs to quinoa pasta, and an espresso bar features a long list of classic coffeehouse favorites including sea salt caramel mochas and hot chocolates with raspberry drizzle.

8163 Kensington Drive
Waxhaw,
NC
US

In it's own words, Cafe Bliss strives to serve as an extension of it's clients' own home kitchen. That homey quality is readily apparent the moment patrons step inside. In the lobby, they're greeted with built-in bookshelves studded with quaint potted plants, china, and other knick-knacks, not to mention a glass pie case filled with decadent desserts like baklava and carrot cake. The feel-good vibe permeates the menu as well, which features comfort foods ranging from Belgian waffles and create-your-own omelets to quiche, creamy alfredo penne, and house-made tuna salad, which chefs happily stuff into croissants or diners' outstretched palms. A dedicated gluten-free menu provides nearly a dozen options from chicken kabobs to quinoa pasta, and an espresso bar features a long list of classic coffeehouse favorites including sea salt caramel mochas and hot chocolates with raspberry drizzle.

8163 Kensington Dr.
Waxhaw,
NC
US

When their daughter, Kai, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Tracy and Patrick Watkins knew they needed to provide her with as much love and care as possible. They quit their jobs as engineers and launched a bakery named after their little girl and her favorite treats. In the kitchen at Kai’s Kookies and More, the couple ices custom sugar cookies by hand, transforming circles into edible basketballs and rectangles into festive American flags, all of which can be dipped into house-brewed coffee or bundled into baskets, boxes, or bouquets. Sweeter than a kiss from Cap’n Crunch, mangoes and strawberries fill several varieties of cupcakes and 3-inch cheesecakes.

In addition to packing their display case with handcrafted confections, Tracy and Patrick supply desserts to eight local restaurants and four Monkey Joe's bounce playgrounds. Visitors can also book Kai's for special events such as tea parties and international summits disguised as children's birthday bashes.

3905 South Blvd
Charlotte,
NC
US