Kupkake Kouture, the brainchild of two cake-loving pals, specializes in creative cakefections. This Groupon gets dessert devotees a taste of the cupcake's miniature cousin, a moist ball of cake known as the mini cupcake ($1 each, $10/dozen). In all their spherical glory, mini cupcakes come in a range of mouth-mesmerizing flavors, from classic vanilla and chocolate fudge to lemon poppy seed, orange, and red velvet. After the sugary orbs receive a decadent dip in frosting, the shop's sweets specialists sprinkle the bite-sized cakes with an eclectic entourage of toppings—including sprinkles, pretzels, peanuts, and coconut—to prepare them for maximum deliciousness and wind resistance.
Named the Best Coffee Shop in Berks County in 2009 by Berks County Living, Cloud Nine Café’s breakfast and lunch menus offer a wide selection of coffee beverages, homemade pastries, baked goods, and assorted sandwiches. Early risers and tragically confused vampires can enjoy Cloud Nine Café’s tasty breakfast, served all day. Start mornings with a freshly baked scone ($1.75), a hearty breakfast burrito ($3.75), or a bowl of hot oatmeall ($2.50). The lunch menu changes daily, allowing feasters to indulge in a variety of hearty soups, ($3.75+), savory quiches ($4.75+), sandwiches and wraps ($3.50+), nourishing salads ($1), and character-enriching spontaneity. Java lovers and caffeine enthusiasts can choose from Cloud Nine Café’s wide variety of hot and cold coffee beverages, made with coffee beans specially roasted in Philadelphia.
The dough experts at the recently opened Bread Box Bakery & Cafe bake seven types of bread fresh daily for building savory panini sandwiches. Dining duos unhinge lips and hips in a midmeal hula over handheld fare such as the hot hawaiian-chicken panini on ciabatta bread with fresh pineapple, sweet onion, and napa cabbage in a teriyaki glaze. Herbivores might opt for the tomato-basil panini, a focaccia-bread base layered with basil pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Free refills on fountain drinks prevent parchment from remaining dry, and a choice of a french roll, potato chips, or fresh fruit personalizes plate fringes. Paired patrons can sit at the front window's counter, which, according to Susan Gottshall of the Morning Call, "makes a perfect people-watching perch," as diners admire the colorfully tiled walls and use free WiFi to send each other electronic invitations to the next lunch date.
True Blue Mediterranean Café brings fresh Mediterranean food to a pair of Lehigh Valley locations—one in Bethlehem set amongst historic buildings, and another in Emmaus with a seasonal outdoor patio. At both, diners can fuel up with protein-packed bites of lamb kabob, or a steak gyro loaded with marinated hunks of steak and Mediterranean pickles. They can also crunch into meat-free dishes, such as the vegetarian sampler, which features hummus, babaganoush, and grape leaves served alongside warm pita bread.