Highly trained hands at Parkland Cakes infuse miniature morsels with tasty icing to fashion delectable batches of fresh-baked cupcakes. Customers can peruse the menu of frosted treats and order a dozen vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry cupcakes topped with classic frostings such as sweet vanilla butter cream or candy-inspired caramel, or opt to trick tongues into eating dessert for breakfast with a cream-cheese-covered creation. Signature tastes such as lemon, almond amaretto, and carrot also jostle for patrons' edible affection.
Happy Frog Cafe unleashes good feelings in humans by filling them with frosty, refreshing libations and savory sandwiches. Fresh-made gelato (from $2.95) runs a gamut of flavors, including honey oat, chili chocolate, amaretto, and coconut. Call them in advance and they'll try to accommodate flavor requests, sating your hunger for marshmallow-bacon or victory-flavored desserts. Meet your monocle-clad book group at the café to sip espresso ($1.25 for a single shot) and house coffee ($1.35), or join the local lumberjacking alliance for a southwestern chicken panini ($5) or 1/4-pound bacon cheeseburger ($4.55). Fine hospitality and bright colors prevail within the family-owned-and-operated establishment, which features a mural of a mirthful amphibian on one wall.
Bruegger's Bagels traces its origins back to 1983, when founders Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began using their years of experience under a professional bagel baker to start their own business. In the early '80s, bagels were relatively unknown to most Americans, rarely seen outside of their natural habitats: Big Apple delis and free-range bagel grazing grounds. At the spearhead of introducing the breakfast delicacy to the world at large, Bruegger's grew locations in 26 states, winning a loyal customer base with crispy, chewy bagels kettle boiled and stone-oven baked fresh each morning.
Today, guests still smear the piping-hot circles with hummus, jelly, or rich vermont cream cheese or sink their teeth into anytime breakfast bagel sandwiches of smoked salmon and ham and egg. At lunchtime, bagels fill up with thai peanut chicken, refueling diners along with paninis stuffed with roast beef and horseradish. Healthy, substantial salads tempt palates with morsels of fresh mozzarella cheese, tender grilled chicken, and crispy cucumbers and greens, and sustainably sourced coffee drinks such as the blended mocha Brueggaccino make for tasty, sweet notes to meals.
Creamy frozen yogurt, fresh-fruit mix-ins, and healthy toppings such as almonds, granola, and shredded coconut make Yogen Früz a source of unlimited fresh flavors. Yogurt artists mix customers’ custom creations—such as piña colada mixed with smooth-blended pineapple yogurt, or apple pie sprinkled with graham-cracker crumbs—before their very eyes. Along with such quasi-decadent options, the company’s 1,300 worldwide outposts offer low-fat varieties, nonfat probiotic yogurts, and fresh-fruit sorbets. Every mix is low in fat, a good source of vitamins and fiber, and one of the only known sources of the essential nutrient frostiness.
Rock 'n' roll of the '60s and '70s floats out from the sound system at Peace Love & Rocky Roast as people sip freshly brewed java among walls bedecked with Woodstock memorabilia, a colorful hand-painted mural, and several flat screen TVs. Owners and reunited high school sweethearts Butch Allen and Desa Ballard recently opened Peace Love & Rocky Roast's doors to share the aromas of freshly roasted coffee and tales of a romance more enduring than the love between child and his brother's train set. An enormous coffee roaster takes center stage behind the café counter, where beans are heated to build flavor for large cups of the house blend. Patrons can chat up a friendly barista while sitting in a tall-legged chair at the bar or unwind in one of several cushy armchairs made with real arms. Though not included with today's deal, Peace also offers a menu of breakfast and dinner munchables and showcases casefuls of cakes, cookies, and more than 15 flavors of gelato.
Bruster's stimulates salivation with its brain-freezingly broad menu of ice-cream flavors served alongside the classic Coney Island appeal of Nathan's Famous hot dogs. The classic New York hot dog traps an all-beef cylinder and its toppings in a fluffy, edible maximum-security prison ($2.99), strong enough to contain both chili and cheese at once ($3.69). Bacon-ranch krinkle-cut fries ($3.69) and corn-dog nuggets ($2.99 for six) supply ample ammunition for tongue target practice. To prevent oral overheating, visitors can apply a waffle cone stacked with any of Bruster's rotating ice-cream flavors, such as white-raspberry truffle or turtle cheesecake ($3.99). Sundaes ($4.29), fudge-covered banana splits ($5.59), and shakes ($4.29) provide more elaborate accouterments to the chilly treats.