Cream & Sugar Cafe, which was voted as Lagniappe's best coffeehouse for the 2013 Nappie Awards, might give off the impression of just being a quaint little house from the outside, but on the inside, its a whole different story. Chefs specialize in gourmet cafe fare, such as the crabmeat and goat cheese quiche on a pecan crust or the house's seafood gumbo poured over a plate of grits. To complement these entrees, they prepare drinks with the house's manual Italian espresso machine and create unique delicacies such as their signature cake balls. They make these bite-size delicacies in numerous flavors, and even incorporate liquor for spiked sweets perfect for any adult party. The decor is bright and retro, with a rustic wood plank and marble bar, chalkboards scribbled on with colorful chalk, and vintage pastry display cases.
The Palette Café rests its tasty laurels in the airy glass front atrium of the Mobile Museum of Art, allowing patrons a palatable space to fuel up on morsels between exhibits, or simply as a pleasant eatery for non-museum goers. Welcoming servers fete lunch-goers with an array of locally produced, fresh ingredients in accessible yet gourmet form. Start off your midday meal with the house-favored smoked tomato bisque ($3), a creamy concoction of roasted red peppers and savory tomatoes with the smoldering qualities of a 1940s torch singer. The vegetarian panini ($8) brings herbivore passion to portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, spinach and Brie, lovingly pressing them into a warm sourdough hug. Answer your thirst's phone calls with a Sparkling Strawberry Iced Tea ($2.95) served in a wine glass, or sate sweet teeth with the Margarita Mousse ($3), a semi-frozen scoop of tequila, Triple Sec, and lime-infused whipped dessert poured into a margarita glass and made complete with the spirits of pretzel-encrusted Mariachi musicians.
Chat-A-Way Café’s chefs never offer the same menu two days in a row. Some days, they'll simmer up pots of seafood bisque and stack ovens with three-cheese quiches and key-lime pies. On others, they'll turn their culinary attention to chicken noodle soups and red velvet cake. Come Friday, they fold plump morsels of crabs and fresh eggs into their signature crabmeat quiche. Regardless of the day, the chefs whip up their favorites— twice-baked potatoes, classic sandwiches, and creamy salads.
Outside of the kitchen, diners linger over coffee and slices of cheesecake beneath towering umbrellas of the sunny front patio. Others choose to take home-cooked meals to go, carrying out trays of gourmet casseroles, salads, and cakes to enjoy at home with families, store in freezers for later, or hide in their neighbor's tool shed as a wonderful surprise.
At Twist Cupcakes, not only are the cake pops and frosting made from scratch, but so is the entire business. The locally owned and operated business pioneered Mobile's cupcake trade and continually strives to craft innovative pastries. Twist Cupcakes boast more than 70 flavors and rotate 15 different flavors daily, such as Caramel Macchiato, Cream Cheese Pound Cake and Chocolate Ganache. Cupcakes come in mini sizes or as cake pops, which can be enjoyed at weddings and baby showers or right there in the sunlit shop. Brightly patterned couches and small tables let shoppers sample their wares over a steaming cup of Serda?s Coffee.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy sandwiches.