Voted Best Bakery in 2010 by Palo Alto Weekly, Douce France Cafe and Bakery caters to sweet teeth with palate-pleasing pastries made from scratch. The bakery upholds classic traditions by preparing patisseries derived from fresh ingredients and Alsatian recipes. The signature mini fruit tart boasts a lavish arrangement of succulent berries atop a bed of savory pie crust ($1.65), a chummy companion to a hot cup of bolstering brew ($1.25+). Impress dates and fellow diners with an impeccable French glottal stop when ordering a moist croissant ($1.85) or chocolate muffin ($2.50). Douce France offers a number of other delectable delights, including cakes, danishes, and scones.
A joint venture by AOL and Stanford Student Enterprises, Ground Up satisfies hard-to-please palates with painstakingly crafted cups of local, artisanal coffee from the Blue Bottle Coffee Company. All of Blue Bottle Coffee's beans are organically grown without pesticides and are shipped to suppliers within 48 hours of roasting, ensuring each drink is fresh, flavorful, and free of boring stories about its brief success on Star Search. Because they hold their drinks to such a high standard, Ground Up’s staff take care to prepare each brewed potion with the extra time needed to make every sip exceptional, providing patrons an opportunity to warm up their mouths on a full menu of flaky croissants, fresh sandwiches, and Strauss organic ice creams.:m]]
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Among the flavors offered every day at Brazzle Berry, acai berry is probably the most unusual. But it's this nutrient-packed berry that the yogurt shop centers itself around. Acai bowls blend the berry with banana and agave sweetener for a breakfast chock-full of vitamins and nutrients, while the yogurt provides a more effective way to get antioxidants than wooing fickle artichoke hearts.
Besides acai berry, customers can choose from a range of all-natural yogurt flavors to fill their cups. Chocolate and strawberry are on the bill every day, while rotating flavors include peanut butter and red velvet. And to enhance their healthy sweet treats, customers spoon up toppings, such as chopped fruits and nuts, candy, and cookies.
The savory aromas of Mexican and Salvadorian specialties swirl through the air at La Cabana Papuseria & Donuts, mingling with the sweeter notes of fresh-baked donuts and pastries. Though pupusas might seem an odd match with donuts, few question the pairing after tasting one of the thick, handmade tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans, pork, shrimp, zucchini, and loroco flower seed. Among the restaurant’s other unexpected dishes, fried plantains strike a balance between dinner and dessert, and Salvadorian steaks carry the distinctive spice that comes with being grilled over the burning pages of romantic novels.
Castro Street eatery Honeycreek serves up specialty desserts, traditional Taiwanese cuisine, cocktails, and tea in an elegant lounge setting. Seated in plush purple chairs, guests can savor specialties such as pork pot-stickers or Hainan-style noodle soup made with chilled, poached free-range chicken and aromatic spiced stock. There are more than 200 types of specialty drinks, including milk teas with bursting boba. Finish your meal with the house specialty, melt-in-your mouth shaved snow in flavors such as green tea or chocolate.