From its roadside location, Flavour2Go woos passing motorists with the aromas of robust coffee brews and velvety café drinks. Roll up to the lime-green façade to pick up a frothy pumpkin-spice latte ($4.80), in which the candlelit smirks of its constituent gourds faintly appear between nutmeg sprinkles. Steamed caramel apples ciders ($3.39) help guests taste fall's crispy splendor without having to chew through a freshly raked pile of leaves. Curb salty-sweet cravings by blanketing the tongue in salted-caramel mocha ($4.53), which blends currents of chocolate and sea salt as wind patterns of turbinado sugar sweep through. Alternatively, an iced Somoa latte ($4.80) capped with fluffy coconut can chill taste buds still hyped up about the new season of Meet the Press.
One step inside The Epicurean Bistro & Wine Bar and visitors are transported to a French village complete with tiled awnings, lampposts, and yellow-brick walls that ascend into a sky-like ceiling. The authentic French atmosphere was created by founding partner Claire, a French-Canadian and consummate traveller, and French-born executive chef Dominique Brialy, whose training has taken him all over the world. Working together, their restaurant was named named Best French by Metroland in 2012, won the Award of Excellence in 2013 from Wine Spectator, and earned a mention in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. They pour attention into the eatery's details, from the rustic wall sconces to the sage-scented parsnip purée that accompanies the roasted venison. Claire's husband and business partner Sandy has curated a wine cellar filled with 2,200 bottles from every region of France and internationally sourced varietals that complement every meal. Guests may also order from a full bar that features an extensive craft and imported beer selection, as well as an array of whiskeys, single malts, and bourbons.
Named for Herman Melville, Melville’s Mug celebrates the esteemed author with walls the color of the deep sea and a pair of carved, wooden whales. Fair-trade and organic coffee blends from Capital City Roasters top the café's burnished counter, as well as freshly baked pastries illuminated by the soft glow of pendant lights. The kitchen staff prepares a light menu of deli sandwiches, which diners can enjoy at a cluster of round, wrought iron café tables.
Flavour Cafe and Lounge’s plush couches and exposed brick beckon visitors inside to enjoy a caffeinated kick or an amalgamation of taste-bud treats. More than 30 different flavors of coffee take the stage to high kick mouths, with an additional 14 blends of loose tea hovering in the wings. Bean brews include the classic Guatemalan ($1.59 for 16 oz.) or sweet, steamy options such as the mudslide, with rich flavor smuggled in with Irish crème and Kahlua syrup ($1.89 for a 20 oz.). Pair warm caffeine conveyors with menu items such as the Rosie, with tantalizing turkey breast covered in provolone cheese, rosemary mayo, lettuce, and tomato ($7.99).
The vegan-sweet specialists at X's to O's use organic ingredients to concoct a tempting selection of made-from-scratch baked goods that are high in tastiness and void of hydrogenated guilt. Baker Sarah Preston's Twinkie–esque cream-filled canoe boats paddle by in fun flavors such as vanilla, carrot cake, cookies 'n' cream, and chocolate peanut butter ($1.50), and the roster of creative cakes ($4 per slice) and cupcakes ($2.50 each) includes orange creamsicle, pumpkin chocolate chip, and pineapple. Pie ($4 per slice), cookies ($1.50–$2), and brownies ($1.50–$2.50) fix acute cocoa cravings, saving brunette-headed passersby from misguided licking.