Coffee & Treats in Mountain Brook

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Home to a vast lineup of dairy-based frozen treats, Bruster's makes its ice creams, yogurts, and waffle cones fresh every day in-store. The menu boasts everything from traditional sundaes ($3.65–$5.94) to customizable, candy-loaded blasts ($3.65–$4.35). Guests can opt for a regular cone ($2.74–$4.95) or homemade waffle cone ($3.65–$5.40) filled with one of the multitudinous ice-cream flavors, such as Monkey Madness––with banana ice cream, buckeyes, and marshmallows––or Chocolate Lover's Trash––chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate chunks, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate butter toffee, chocolate krispies, and receipts from visits to the biannual cocoa consortium. Bruster's also offers no-sugar-added options and fat-free ice creams, as well as low-fat yogurts.

3900 Crosshaven Dr
Vestavia,
AL
US

Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.

741 Brookwood Vlg
Birmingham,
AL
US

TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 96% fat-free yogurt, which contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The Pelham location's menu touts silky soft serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.99–$4.19). 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 Berrylicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.49–$5.49). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a hand-scooped traditional sundae ($4.39–$4.59). Prices and selection vary from store to store.

400 Cahaba Park Cir
Birmingham,
AL
US

Yolo Dessert Bar reanimates tired taste buds with a spectrum of stimulating sweets that are prepared fresh daily. The lineup of post-meal sweet-tooth satisfiers includes the salted caramel gelato, a glaciated artisanal cream augmented with sweet, yet savory cassonade ($3.75–$5.75). Those looking to keep their shadows slender can snag the strawberry-cake yogurt, a frozen ambrosia of fruity and saccharine tastes ($0.45 an ounce), which is just one of the many delectable low-fat options available. Yolo also serves coffee and espresso all day to accompany its array of cupcakes, tarts, and sorbets. Customers can personalize most dishes by decorating their chosen sweet with a variety of toppings or by autographing it with a permanent marker.

619 Brookwood Vlg
Birmingham,
AL
US

TJ's slow-smokes meats, pairing them with sides composed of fresh ingredients that have never known the molecule-slowing touch of the freezer. The rib sandwich ($6.79) reclines on two slabs of freshly baked bread, and show-stealing open-faced platters of brisket ($8.95), smoked wings ($7.59), or pork ($7.59) scream at two house-made sides, including coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob for looking them in the eyes.

1801 4th Ave S
Birmingham,
AL
US

Crestwood Coffee Company cordially invites café connoisseurs to indulge in classic bean juice ($2.05 for a medium), a creamy mocha ($4.50 for a medium), or a frappe ($4 for a medium) while throwing cool fruit smoothies ($3.75 for a medium) into baby volcanoes. Pair potables with bakery bites such as freshly made muffins ($2.25), scones ($2.25), cinnamon rolls ($2.25), and seasonal cobblers ($4). Or, build some missing blocks of your food pyramid with a crisp apple-nut salad ($7). House specialties include homemade, mustardy chicken salad (served à la carte or on whole-wheat bread, $7) and the CCC BLT, loaded with thick peppered bacon, lettuce, and vine-ripened tomatoes ($6). Crestwood Coffee's lunchtime eats are often prepared with local ingredients.

5512 Crestwood Blvd
Birmingham,
AL
US