The pizza makers at Palio's Pizza Cafe crown regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free crusts with fresh vegetables, preservative-free sauce, and roasted chicken. Chefs take the burden of putting together the best toppings with 17 specialty pizzas that pair gourmet ingredients such as artichoke hearts, roasted chicken, and fresh basil pesto. Ovens create bubbling pies, stuffed calzones, baked ziti, and italian sub sandwiches that servers carry through both chic, cozy locations. Leather-lined booths and flat-screen televisions keep diners comfortable and entertained while they enjoy Palio's BYOB policy and sip wine or Capri Sun pouches brought from home.
Organic teas served hot or iced. In its simplest form, ultratrendy bubble tea is a mixture of Chinese black tea, creamer, and sugar served over giant black tapioca pearls. "Bubbles" do not refer to carbonation but to both the foam on top and the chewy prizes resting at the bottom of the drink.
With a vibrant décor featuring more colors than a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, Zoёs is an energetic and flavorful stop for good-for-you grub. A healthy recipe breathes new life into the Zoёs original chicken-salad sandwich with white chicken on seven-grain bread, while seameat cravers can feast on the Mediterranean tuna pita, stuffed generously with tuna, capers, red onions, olives, lettuce, and tomato (all sandwiches are $6.95). Toastier tastes include quesadillas ($6.95 with $1 extra for grilled chicken), a warm melt of spinach, scallions, and feta; and chicken kabobs ($8.95) skewered with green peppers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions over a rice pilaf and Greek salad. Zoёs also offers salads, side dishes, and the decadent Yaya's homemade chocolate sheet cake ($2 a slice).
Saxbys Coffee's rich array of caffeinated ambrosias crafted from grade 1 arabica beans joins a cornucopia of teas and smoothies on the shop's extensive menu. Espresso drinks include exotic cinnamon lattes ($3.25–$4.30) and basic cappuccinos ($2.95–$3.45) cloaked in frothy cream or 18 dulcet syrups that hide their rich caffeinated cargo from privateering tongues. Brewmancers summon Saxbys Coffee's wide selection of roasts from single-origin, fair-trade, and organic beans, which undergo a European roasting process to prepare cocoa-noted Tanzanian peaberries and italiano blends for beverage Valhalla. Frolattes—a frozen breed of latte rarely found in nature—are catalogued in such flavors as white-chocolate mocha and British Islander ($3.70–$4.70) alongside many species of teas ($1.50–$2.20) and fruity smoothies ($3.45–$4.50). Lounging cyborgs can stop by to bask in the soothing aura of the shop's free WiFi while sipping their selection.
A marriage of former teacher Tiffany Key's passion for cooking and her creative inclinations, Haute Mama Dessert Company crafts sweet confections inside a colorful shop layered in hot pink and leopard print. Key’s eye for color informs Haute Mama’s decadent cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other sugary morsels, which come in a rainbow of rotating flavors that draw on the chef’s southern culinary upbringing. Each batch of treats, including gluten-free and vegan goods, comes wrapped in Haute Mama's distinct pink, brown, and leopard packaging. Bright ribbons fall across the shop’s precisely designed corporate baskets, while artfully arranged spreads cater to larger events such as banquets, birthdays, or tea parties celebrating a stuffed animal’s newest litter.