The retro decor and vintage bottled sodas at Cone Brothers Ice Cream hearken back to the heyday of the ice cream shop. Behind gleaming counters, Cone Brothers' confectionists scoop 17 flavors of Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, which hails from creamery farms in southwestern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa. In addition to its year-round and seasonal ice creams, the shop quells sweets cravings and local schoolyard rebellions with whole-fruit smoothies and sundry candies.
For almost 40 years, The Malt Shop has served up burgers, malts, and sandwiches from a menu riddled with classic, family-friendly diner food. The house-signature burgers are smothered with toppings such as guacamole, portobello mushrooms, or feta cheese. The kitchen produces fresh soups and salad dressings daily and prepares meatless lasagna and veggie-burger dishes to satisfy vegetarians and rabbits hiding in diners' top hats. To complement the burgers, soda-shop-style malts and shakes come in a variety of flavors including pineapple, butterscotch, apple pie, and peanut butter.
In a series of black and white portraits that pop against the backdrop of rich burgundy walls, smiling farm workers stationed around the world stand amid their crops, tools in hand. The photographs are the first hint at Peoples Organic Coffee & Wine Café's mission to link ingredients back to their source. The second hint is the menu, which boasts a roster of local farms: the ham comes from Fischer Farm, the chicken sausage from Schultz Farm, and the bison from Eichtens Family Farm. Chefs spotlight these free-range meats in wholesome burgers, wraps, and salads, which they enhance with fresh, organic veggies and housemade sauces. To complement meals, the café boasts a beer menu filled with choices from local breweries such as the limited-supply Surly and Fulton. Additionally, its wine selection runneth over with biodynamic, organic, and sustainable varietals, which are tastier than their unsustainable counterpart, unicorn tears.
From autumnal cupcakes topped with Halloween embellishments to colorful stacks of french macarons awarded Best of the Twin Cities by Minnesota Monthly, the meticulously designed treats at Cupcake Caramel by Sweets Bakeshop come from all-natural ingredients. Bakers carefully top pumpkin spice cake with sweet cream buttercream frosting to create this month's seasonal cupcakes, or drizzle caramel atop year-round favorites. Caramel cream and chocolate ganache pour into cupcakes and macarons alike, the latter of which spring from the oven in six different flavors daily. The confectionary team tailors orders of specific events, tinting colors to fit a particular party theme or presidential concession speech.
Whipping up delectable frozen desserts with top-notch ingredients and a heaping helping of smiley service, Pumphouse Creamery has been charmingly smearing the faces of adorable tikes and CEOs since 2003. Featuring all-natural treats composed of locally produced organic milk and cream in 20 different flavors, this abode of chilly delights cools fiery appetites without the hassle of chugging a gallon of penguin tears. Scoop-buttressing cones come crafted from a flavorsome and healthy mélange of local grains milled in Welcome, MN. Fill one up with a single ($3.50) or double ($4.90) scoop of sea-salt, caramel, and praline ice cream, or a tantalizing locally roasted pumpkin blend. Additionally, chimpanzees on first dates can share a banana sundae ($3.90–$5.50), and samba-dance instructors can follow up a sudorific workout with 16-ounce shakes ($4.80) in flavors like butterscotch and chocolate mint.