From the Heart Pastries' staff bakes each of its rich pastries fresh, and creates oven-born treats including cakes, cookies, and praline candy. The bakery's Signature Series praline candy, creamy, smooth butter and brown sugar embedded with macadamia nuts, walnuts, or almonds ($2), makes the perfect holiday gift or apology to the neighbors for taking a nap on their lawn. Miniature ($2.25) or whole ($12) pecan pies settle squarely onto Thanksgiving tables, and a diverse collection of cookies stars classic flavors such as chocolate chip ($1.25). A luscious german-chocolate cake ($27) crowned with a rosette of pecan halves helps celebrate the season, a birthday, or a successful toothbrush purchase.
Peña’s Donut Heaven & Grill elevates earthbound appetites with a luscious litany of breakfasts and lunches, earning a CityVoter nomination for the city’s best breakfast in 2010. As the sun is carefully winched up and hoisted into the sky, Peña’s bakers craft delicious donuts ($5.79/dozen for glazed; $6.45/dozen for iced) fresh each morning, while plates of bagel, croissant, or biscuit breakfast sandwiches ($2.50 each) and savory chorizo-and-egg stuffed kolaches ($1.49 each; $15.99/dozen) hone in on hunger with surgical precision. At lunchtime, specialty sandwiches such as the 8 oz. california burger ($6.95) pose for pictures in an edible attire of sprouts and avocado, a slice of swiss cheese, and a dollop of tangy ranch dressing. In addition to classic American eats, Peña’s Donut Heaven catapults diners across the border with helpings of ham-and-spinach breakfast tacos ($2.50 for three) and lunches of beef burritos topped with pico de gallo ($6.99).
Guests dally daily between Four Friends Tea Room's bright walls, supping on quality loose-leaf tea and simple sandwiches and purchasing art right off the walls. Chat up a chum in the intimate Gold Room, or reserve the main dining room, which seats up to 30 people, to host an extended pinkie-jousting tournament. The sumptuous selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads includes the triple-decker club ($7.50), the flaky croissant sandwich ($8.50), and a lovingly concocted salad of tender grilled chicken ($8.50). In addition to day-to-day high ($16) and low ($10) teas, the café carefully pours out tea-room samplers ($8) that give guests a tongue-tickling taste of the shop's leafy luster. The community quenchers at Four Friends Tea Room keep fans abreast of the latest menu items, events, and their incipient tradition of murder-mystery dinner theater on the café's Facebook page.
Antigua Coffee House's brewers take their chosen potion seriously. They use Chemex coffeemakers to brew a quality cup of Joe. They invent unexpected flavor combinations. A local priest even blessed their favorite concoction, the Mayan mocha. To be fair, the Mayan mocha is something special: Antigua's coffeemakers blend raw cacao with cinnamon, stir in raw-cane sugar sourced from Mexico, and add some anise to espresso they say they've roasted according to a secret mathematical formula.
Coffee isn't the only thing at Antiqua Coffee House. While taste buds soak up expertly brewed blends, eyes savor local artwork. The café is so committed to its community's art that it helped organize events like Artwalk: Through the Tunnel. Artwalk was the brainchild of owner Yancey Quinones, who temporarily converted the city's underground tunnels into a welcoming, vibrant exhibition.
Touting more than 50 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating menu may include flavors such as royal red velvet, refreshing melon, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30?40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
The decadent desserts served at The Cakelicious Bakery?coming up on its fifth anniversary?are always crafted in small batches to ensure optimum freshness. Pastry chefs whip up cupcakes in regular and gluten-free varieties, topping carrot, coconut, and Italian cream cakes with icings accented with everything from caramel to passion fruit. But their confections?which also include cakeballs and petit fours?branch out with more daring ingredients as well, such as champagne, rum, and pistachio. Patrons can combine any of those flavors, fillings, and frostings to create their own custom cake, perfect for celebrating any birthday or Tuesday.