Coffee & Treats in North Carolina

Half Off Pastries and Sandwiches at Despina's Café

Northwest Raleigh

$8 $4

From-scratch pastries and desserts based on traditional family recipes from the owner's years spent in England and Europe

50% Off Frozen Yogurt at sweetFrog

Greensboro

$10 $5

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Fill a cup with any combination of low-fat and nonfat fro-yo flavors and toppings that vary from candied crumbles to fresh fruit

45%Off at The Popcorn Fanatic

The Popcorn Fanatic

$10 $6

Popcorn comes in more than 200 flavors, including banana pudding, green apple, Cheerwine, beer, buffalo wing, and spicy crab

Up to 55% Off Tea at Hampton's at J.H. Adams Inn

High Point

$31 $15

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Elegant interior of Italian Renaissance–style mansion serves as backdrop for afternoon tea with light snacks

40% Off Housemade Ice Cream at The Hop

Multiple Locations

$5 $3

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Housemade gourmet ice cream in from-scratch waffle cones, organic floats, and sundaes drizzled with fresh fudge

Up to 55% Off Coffee and Pastries at 5th Avenue Coffee Cafe

Garner

$7.50 $4

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Baristas serve cups of coffee or handcrafted lattes with slices of cake, brownies, and scones

Up to 53% Off at BW Sweets Bakery

Cornelius

$17.10 $9

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Made-from-scratch pastries, cupcakes in flavors such as pink champagne and sweet-potato pie, and custom cakes with imaginative designs

50% Off at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Multiple Locations

$8 $4

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Freshly made yogurt in flavors such as mango or chocolate pair with fresh fruit and candies

50% Off at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Statesville

$10 $5

18 weekly-rotating frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as new york cheesecake, sweet coconut, and georgia peach

50% Off at Clayton Bakery and Cafe

Clayton

$7 $3.50

Chefs use local and natural ingredients to whip up daily soups, grilled sandwiches on fresh sourdough, and pastries

Up to 45% Off at MaggieMoo's Ice Cream and Treatery

Grand Promenade Shopping Center

$5 $2.75

Dozens of ice-cream flavors churned fresh each day and used to create custom ice-cream cupcakes and cakes

Half Off Café Pastries and Drinks at TK Kaffee

TK Kaffee

$10 $5

Enjoy a Turkish espresso with a slice of cake or a strawberry and basil smoothie paired with ice cream with a choice of toppings

50% Off at Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Greensboro

$10 $5

Wholesome flatbreads, wraps and salads pair with real-fruit smoothies packed with vitamins and supplements

Half Off Frozen Yogurt at Sweet Frog

Winston-Salem

$10 $5

Sweet Frog offers 20 flavors and 10 swirl options, combined with over 60 topping choices

50% Off Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Statesville, NC

Statesville

$10 $5

18 frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as new york cheesecake, sweet coconut, and georgia peach

50% Off at CC's Sweet Potato Pies

Charlotte

$30 $15

Baker with 25 years of experience has perfected recipes for sweet potato and apple pies

45% Off Gourmet Popcorn at Carolina Popcorn Shoppe

Southwest Raleigh

$20 $11

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Hand-blended gourmet popcorn comes in flavors such as caramel, kettle corn, garlic butter, and bacon cheddar

45% Off at Smoothie King

Greensboro

$10 $5.50

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Smoothies made with real fruit, juices, and enhancers from antioxidants to multivitamins, all blended to order

Half Off Frozen Yogurt at Frogurt

Winston-Salem

$10 $5

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Choose from 10 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, such as cake batter and peanut butter, and personalize it with any of 75 toppings

Half Off Baked Goods and Desserts

Charlotte

$10 $5

Freshly baked goods such as sweet breads, tarts, and cheesecakes, plus custom cakes for birthdays and other events

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Global Restaurant's Chef Bernard grew up along the sun-soaked shores of the southern French village of Nice, where his grandfather was a pastry chef and his father owned a fish shop. This rich familial and Francophilic culinary heritage inspired him to take chef apprenticeships in Paris, the United Kingdom, Russia, and upon globe-roving cruise ships. His travels infused an eclectic edge into his cooking, which still incorporates traditional meals, fusion concepts, and a French spirit. His journeys also yielded him more than recipes — during one of his cruises, he met his wife, Shannon, whose experience with the front end of the food-and-beverage industry led the pair to open their own restaurant in Charlotte.

Inside the duo's creation, Global Restaurant, electric blues and oranges brighten the space, and crisp tablecloths lay a canvas for dishes with inventive flavors and artistic presentations. Chef Bernard's specialties include cauliflower-goat-cheese sauce, boldly splashed across a seared sea bass, and date chutney and caramelized apples that dance across an all-natural duck.

The menu, which is in many ways a travelogue of Bernard and Shannon's journeys, has snagged the attention of the Charlotte Observer and of WCNC's Charlotte Today, which invited Bernard on air for a live cooking demo, where he seared some of his famous diver scallops atop the weatherman's greenscreen.

3520 Toringdon Way
Charlotte,
NC
US

Legend has it that when The Flying Biscuit Cafe first opened, diners were so enamored with the kitchen's soft, flaky biscuits that they polished off the entire stock before 11 a.m., causing the restaurant to close its doors for the day. Today, the cheerful eatery has expanded to 13 locations across Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida, each one serving an average of 5,000 biscuits per week. Cooks are forever busy in the kitchens, slicing up the fluffy biscuits for breakfast sandwiches and folding farm-fresh and organic ingredients into a variety of American comfort classics. They dole out breakfast dishes all day long, from wood-smoked salmon scrambles to the gooey grits lauded by reporters from The Emory Wheel as "the most delicious cheese grits you’ve ever tasted (or ever will taste)". As the day wears on, the cooks turn their attention to juicy Angus beef burgers and Southern-style dinners such as chicken-fried steak and spicy jambalaya pasta. Committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, they also offer a variety of good-for-you menu items and modifications, whipping up omelets with egg whites, baking biscuits with whole wheat, and serving pancakes with a side of cast-iron kettlebells.

2016 Clark Ave
Raleigh,
NC
US

Selim Oztalay had been having sweet dreams of opening his own Italian gelato shop for many years. Growing up in Germany allowed him to not only be exposed to a variety of cultures, but also a variety of artisan gelato flavors that he missed when he moved to the United States. Hoping to expose American tongues to fine Italian flavors, he opened Gnam Gnam Gelato & Bistro. Named after the Italian saying for "delicious," Gnam Gnam makes visitors say just that with a rotating selection of more than 80 inventive gelato flavors made fresh and onsite daily. Servers heap scoops of the bistro’s namesake treat disguised as eggnog, tiramisu, and Nutella, and the spaghetti gelato reimagines its savory counterpart with vanilla gelato, strawberry syrup, white-chocolate shavings, and a longing for the old country. Those with larger hankerings can be sated with entrees from the full menu which features made-to-order artisan paninis, fresh salads, and combo meals.

3712 Lawndale Dr
Greensboro,
NC
US

Though high-school teacher Jason Knight had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and dreamed of opening a cookie and ice cream parlor, he also didn’t know “anything about making ice cream,” as he once explained to the Winston-Salem Journal. Intrigued by his friend’s dream and eager to support him on this endeavor, Edgar Everett—a chiropractor by trade—joined forces with his college pal, and the two immersed themselves in all things sweet, from ice-cream-making seminars to baking classes; thus Cookies + Cream was born, sating sweet cravings with batches of freshly baked cookies and housemade ice cream.

In the years since handing a freshly minted waffle cone to his first customer, Jason has spent countless hours perfecting the recipes for 45 different flavors of ice cream, including inventive options such as banana macadamia chip, cinnamon stick, and caramel latte. Warm, fragrant clouds of baked cookies and brownies escape the kitchen and flood the shop, and milkshakes and sundaes cool down mouths overheated from fielding crank phone calls from auctioneers. Guests can get their treats to go or snuggle into the seating area as they sip their coffees and plug into the shop’s free WiFi. Jason and Edgar also host fundraising events on a regular basis. For example, Doggy Day is a benefit for Stepping Stones Canine Rescue replete with doggy ice cream, face painting, and pet caricature drawings for pups able to laugh at the size of their snouts.

5395 Robinhood Village Dr
Winston Salem,
NC
US

While flipping through television channels, you might spot Chuck Hayworth slicing up spaghetti squash or sculpting a vegan meatball on his own cooking show, Thankfully Local. The skilled chef is a passionate proponent of eating locally sourced foods, having overcome stomach cancer on a diet of farm-fresh produce and fruits. In the kitchen of Worth It Café, Chef Chuck works with a colorful array of fresh ingredients—95% of which originated from local North Carolina purveyors. To craft his signature "stuffwiches", Chuck packs hollowed-out farmhouse bread with barbeque pulled pork, crispy chicken, and house-roasted beef.

Diners gather around tabletops in the cafe's airy seating area, sipping freshly brewed iced tea and lingering over last bites of freshly baked brownies. Some opt to grab one of Chuck's takeaway dinners—such as chicken pot pie or spinach lasagna—to bring home and enjoy with their family or the pack of wild dogs they've come to love like a family.

2945 S Miami Blvd
Durham,
NC
US

At Steve's Sweet Treats Bakery, husband and wife team Steve and Joy Morris pass their days together baking a menu of made-from-scratch treats in a homey café setting. Between bites of fresh bread, cinnamon rolls, or house-made snicker doodles, visitors can sip gourmet coffee and surf free WiFi as they bask in the shop’s comforting aesthetic, which pairs framed artwork and nostalgic knickknacks with mismatched antique furniture. Saturday mornings invite locals to linger longer over breakfast, and special orders allow customers to take a piece of the bakery home with them.

Custom cakes, cheesecakes infused with fruit or sandwich-style cookies, and cake pops that can be fashioned into edible cartoon characters are just a few of the shop’s sweet specialties, which may also be delivered locally to a home, office, or group of resourceful kindergarteners with convincing baritones.

5780 Ramsey St
Fayetteville,
NC
US