Happy Frog Cafe unleashes good feelings in humans by filling them with frosty, refreshing libations and savory sandwiches. Fresh-made gelato (from $2.95) runs a gamut of flavors, including honey oat, chili chocolate, amaretto, and coconut. Call them in advance and they'll try to accommodate flavor requests, sating your hunger for marshmallow-bacon or victory-flavored desserts. Meet your monocle-clad book group at the café to sip espresso ($1.25 for a single shot) and house coffee ($1.35), or join the local lumberjacking alliance for a southwestern chicken panini ($5) or 1/4-pound bacon cheeseburger ($4.55). Fine hospitality and bright colors prevail within the family-owned-and-operated establishment, which features a mural of a mirthful amphibian on one wall.
Freshly baked, made-from-scratch desserts fill the display cases at Sweet Cake House, which serves up pastries, pies, specialty cakes, and other assorted delicacies. Brownies, eclairs, and tiramisu provide an excuse for everyday indulgences or serve as a peace offering for the neighbor whose garbage cans you've been using. Alternatively, a host of custom cakes breathe life into birthdays and other special occasions. The bakery shares space with a café that serves gourmet salads, hearty sandwiches, and breakfast food.
TCBY serves 96%–98% fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures to assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Patrons can savor an assortment of silky soft-serve flavors, such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse, served in a cup, in a cone, or at the center of a collection of Russian nesting dolls ($2.89–$3.85). Succulent smoothies, meanwhile, offer a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit. Banana splits ($4.99) and sundaes ($4.09–$3.99) deliver old-fashioned ice-cream-parlor delights without the extra calories or forced conscription into a barbershop quartet. Textured toppings such as M&Ms, sprinkles, and chocolate chips ($0.79) add layers of edible nuance to cups, cones, and palates. Conjure sweet spells of creativity via TCBY's specialty menu of layered parfaits ($3.99) or yogurt shakes ($3.65–$4.85).
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
Though The Dough Factory manufactures only one flavor of mini donut, it doesn’t fail to give customers choices. The breakfast haven—opened in 1982—allows clients to pick out their desired dipping flavors and toppings from the sweet, fruity, and nutty options, which can also be drizzled on top to create the shop’s signature doughlites. The team fries made-to-order batches of a single dozen or buckets brimming with three dozen sizzling donuts, and it does so with vegetable oil and non-trans-fat oils. The staff also serves smoothies, parfaits, and slushies to cool down mouths faster than puréed ice pack
For over thirty years, Great American Cookies has been sharing a generations-old family chocolate chip cookie recipe with the crumb-hungry masses. Each 16" round cookie cake serves 8–16 people and is baked fresh before being hand decorated by a talented cookie artist to match any holiday or special occasion, with a design made of rich, creamy frosting. Garner inspiration from the more than 30 categories of cookie cake designs posted on the company's website, or have an original designer dessert crafted to your specifications, ready to make a dessert-table appearance at a themed event, or to be framed and admired alongside your cherished Jacques-Louis David portrait of a napoleon crossing the alps.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh fruitified Italian ice ($2.09–$2.99) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including mango, strawberry, cotton candy, hot chocolate, Swedish Fish, cookies and cream, and cherry. Rita's also scoops up old-fashioned custard ($2.49–$3.49), a robust dish that involves a different freezing process than ice cream, boasts a creamier texture, and is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Gelati ($3.49–$3.99) layers the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of old-fashioned, frozen custard, and an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.99–$4.29) and fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49) round out Rita's smorgasbord of snacks that double as deliciously soothing topical treatments for chicken pox.