Cravings Cafe percolates flavorful, full-bodied coffee with 100% Arabica beans secured from a local roaster to sip with gourmet sandwiches and fresh soups. Under the gaze of original artwork, baristas skillfully concoct foamy cappuccinos or decadent mexican hot chocolates and tastefully garnish each cup with a monster-truck Micro Machine ($2–$4). Small bowls of soup du jour ($2.99) tempt palates with bursts of earthy, jour flavor, and turkey sandwiches pop with basil- and parmesan-infused pesto ($5.99). On Thursday evenings, diners can munch falafel wraps ($5.99) as they scrutinize the prowess of amateur entertainers who rendezvous at the café's open-mic night, where host Ramon Rivas invites patrons to read poetry, sing songs, and lip-synch to a laugh track.
Gray House Pies gorges pastry-seeking pilgrims with all-natural gooey, crusty goodness. Pies are created the old-fashioned way with fresh fruit, free-range eggs, bona fide sweet butter, and organic milk. The menu overflows with dessert and entree treats such as pumpkin pecan pie ($15–$20), apple and cheddar quiche ($13–$18), and mocha cream pie ($15–$20). Gray House also packs 27 pub pies—including Dahl pie, an Indian blend of lentils, rice, and curry spices; meatloaf and gravy pie; and spaghetti and meatballs pie ($3.75)—giving hungry hot-rodders a selection of savory spinners to fill their wheel wells.
CorsageCakes and Things' selection of freshly prepared gourmet cupcakes tantalizes taste buds with sweet, soft cake bottoms and creamy frosting tops. The cupcakes come in a choice of six flavors that include time-honored favorites such as chocolate, lemon, and yellow cake with buttercream frosting as well as red velvet, carrot cake, and banana with cream-cheese frosting. The thick braids of cream twist across each cupcake top in lavish decorative swirls, which, like a poodle wearing a powdered wig, provide a sophisticated counterpoint to the simple fluffiness beneath. After selecting a flavor, cake-cravers place their order and then wait a pastry-less 24 hours before picking up their box of 12 freshly constructed confections.
Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. Daily bread offerings range from baguettes to sourdoughs to specialty loaves. Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.