Honey Dew Donuts founder Dick Bowen didn’t expect anything special to happen one winter morning in 1978. He simply arrived at his shop in Plainville, greeted his co-baker, and waited for the day's customers. Instead, what showed up was a devastating storm, known henceforth as the Blizzard of '78. The two bakers were snowed in and had nobody to serve their signature donuts to. Making the best of an unfortunate situation, they began experimenting in the kitchen and ultimately came up with the cinnamon stick, a helix of cinnamon and fried dough that would help their business reach even greater levels of popularity.
The snow ultimately melted, and Honey Dew Donuts went on to open several additional locations throughout New England. In addition to Bowen's signature cinnamon sticks, each shop serves steamy coffee drinks, freshly baked muffins, and dozens of other donut varieties.
Once they open the shop in the early morning, Jitters Cafe's sandwich makers stop looking at the clock. They prepare their slate of breakfast paninis any time of the day, giving patrons the ability to bite into hot ham-and-egg sandwiches or scarf down grilled-cheese sandwiches whenever the mood strikes. The lunch hour unlocks another list of paninis and salads that join in the hunger-fighting mission throughout the rest of the day. Each sandwich is made with bread freshly delivered that morning from local sources and pairs well with the shop’s brewed coffee.
The bean grinding gurus at True North Coffee steam, mix, and pour creative coffee beverages, as well as serve a delectable menu of freshly-baked pastries and sandwiches](http://gr.pn/g6VlHt). Patrons can recharge after a long night of werewolfing with a foamy cappuccino ($2.70–$3.60) or throw back a shot of carefully pulled espresso ($1.60–$1.80). Mochas ($3.05–$4.65), chai teas ($2.85–$4.30), and lattes ($2.70–$4.45) come steamed or chilled while True North Coffee's duo of pastry wizards whips up freshly baked treats such as sugary brownies and bars ($1.95), as well as berry-infused scones and muffins ($1.95). While visitors kick back and soak in the relaxing atmosphere and become hypnotized by the alternating colors of the lustrous wood floor, they can munch on classic café sandwiches ($2.50–$6.75) to silence midday hunger roars into satisfied belly meows.
As a candy shop, ice cream parlor, bakery, and coffee destination, Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream has a little something sweet for everyone. In glass jars above the coolers, brightly-colored candy wrappers make a rainbow of options. Meanwhile, the pastry case shelves are lined with a wide variety fresh-baked muffins that pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee?ground and brewed behind the counter?while scoops of ice cream are offered year-round, even during national gazpacho week.
Heirloom Coffee possesses a magic door to Southeast Asia, specifically Vietnam—or at least that’s how it seems as they endlessly stock their shelves with the country and region’s best coffees. Their coffee reaches nearly every US state and territory, a feat achieved by shooting the bags of beans out of a huge circus cannon. Out of their red-trimmed office in Medford, the coffee connoisseurs also educate the public on brewing their beverages through detailed seminars that span coffee’s history and culture before diving into a hands-on brewing and tasting lesson with take-home samples and equipment.
As part of the Hillside Quickie family of delectable eating establishments, Sage Cafe stands as one of Capitol Hill’s original vegan bakeries, specializing in a bevy of scrumptious desserts. Sage’s decadent cupcakes are fit to bursting with rich, delicious flavor, sans the tears of cuddly kittens. Each savory cake is lovingly baked without dairy, eggs, or honey, harnessing the environmentally friendly power of smiles, happy thoughts, and vanilla extract to forge their sweet treats instead. Choose from a delicious array of flavors, including chocolate cream-cheese espresso, rich dark cocoa and vanilla bean buttercream, double chocolate orange, chocolate chai, vanilla pumpkin pie, and vanilla custard buttercream to satiate your grumbling belly and to sign a peace treaty with your digestive tract.