Artwork, gifts, and feminine white vines line the walls of Ashes' Boutique & Tea Garden, where a cozy tearoom is nestled among gauzy curtains and white-lace tablecloths. Owner and artist Dana Roby serves up pots of leafy brews and assorted nibbles during afternoon tea services, suitable for patrons of all ages and hat sizes. Roby also curates a thoughtful collection of gifts that include candles, jewelry, and attire.
Substituting fat for more healthful probiotics, Yobe refreshes taste buds with guilt-free spoonfuls of all-natural self-serve yogurt. Made with organic milk, real fruit, and no artificial sweeteners, each ounce of yogurt packs just 25 calories, letting diet-conscious taste-testers engorge stomachs while tightening belts. The shops' soft-serve machines dish out 31 classic and exotic flavors such as açaí berry, passion fruit, lychee, and vanilla ($0.49/oz). After piling bowls high with toppings, such as fresh banana, kiwi, pineapple, or m&ms, cookie dough, or peanut-butter cups, tone-deaf taste buds find themselves serenading incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
Bravo Baja, which has recently undergone a name change, swiftly silences ornery appetites with fresh meats, vegetables, and 14 inches of tortilla weaponry. Consult a menu of edible building materials to construct a Bravo burrito ($5) beaming with structural innovation. Fill the void with spicy carnitas (pork) spooned over white or spanish rice, Baja black or SoCal refried beans, and a selection of more than 20 fillers such as peppers, bacon, guacamole, and mexican potatoes. Dress beanbags in queso or chimi sauce for $1 more. Diners can also buck carnivorous currents by diving into plates of Ensenada fish tacos ($2.50 each) and fluffy breakfast burritos ($7). Wash down lingering hints of spice with canned drinks ($1) or juicy Spanish sodas ($1.50).
This colorful parlor of non-fat treats allows you to enjoy your creamy dessert as you did in childhood: free from weighty worries and calmed by a steadfast belief in unicorns. Offering trivia games, sing-a-longs, and a question of the day, this fro-yo shop is a fun and sweet hangout for area teetotalers or a refreshing stop on your company pub crawl. Mr. Yogato offers two original flavors of yogurt (tangy and sweet) all the time, plus one or two flavors of the week and nearly 50 toppings, from fresh berries, mango, and melons to gummi bears, mochi, and Cracker Jacks. Yogurt ranges from $3 to $5, and toppings are $1 for one, $1.50 for two, and $1.75 for three, though some, including chocolate syrup, basil, and red-bean paste, are on the house. Cover your cooled cream in a cloak of coconut, Teddy Grahams, and blackberries, or mix up your mango with copious chocolate chips and a drizzle of complimentary olive oil.
Sippers Coffeehouse's friendly baristas brew hot, iced, and blended concoctions with locally roasted arabica coffee. Steamed milk or soymilk and espresso whirl together to create macchiatos as well as hot or iced lattes in flavors such as almond, raspberry cheesecake, and white-chocolate peppermint topped with snowcaps of whipped cream. Blended drinks send energizing chills down guests' spines, while guests limiting caffeine intake may opt for chai lattes and hot chocolate to keep insides as warm and tranquil as a slumbering bunsen burner. Coffee lovers can keep it simple with a medium-size freshly brewed Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee or enliven their taste buds with the rotating flavor of the day. Posters and local art cling to turquoise, cobalt, and warm violet walls as guests surf free WiFi and lounge on a hodgepodge of bright pink club chairs, plush couches, and tables. Natural light streams into the coffee shop as drink orders are taken through a drive-thru window for tired mine carts on the go.
After testing out his recipes at a few local and state fairs, French Fry Heaven’s founder, Scott Nelowet, decided to give the people what they wanted: delicious fried russet and sweet potatoes customizable with gourmet toppings. Classic fries, known as Angels, come in set combos such as Dutch Angels with mayo, or Baked Tater Angels with cheese, bacon, and chives. Sweet-potato fries, known as Saints, come in combos such as Breakfast Saint with maple syrup or Kenberry Saint with blueberry and vanilla.
A mouth-watering display of delectable delights strut their sugary stuff behind the glass encasements at Kilwin's, where all corn is freshly popped on-site. Charming storefront displays and friendly staff members welcome patrons to the shop, which has exuded the warm charm of a neighborhood confectioner since 1947. There's no purchase limit on today's Groupon, making it an infinitely rewarding gift for holiday hosts, growing kids whose sweet teeth will fall out anyway, and ravenous black holes.