Unlike most coffee shops and all PTA meetings, Crescent's Coffee & Tea accents its selection of coffee and baked goods with beer and wine. This welcome addition simply goes further in the café's quest to add a refined touch to the familiar, along with filling mugs with certified fair-trade, 100% organic coffees and filling stomachs with fresh croissant sandwiches, paninis, and baked goods. As they gaze through the café's windows onto St. Cloud's historic downtown scenery, diners can tap into the free WiFi while they sip a warm cup of caffeine or raise a glass of white wine or beer to the live entertainment that pumps out free sounds every Friday night. Crescent's also hosts themed tea parties that pair mothers and daughters, nieces and aunts, or grandfather clocks and digital watches to socialize over steamy brewed beverages.
It was a stifling, sultry day in Houma, Louisiana, when Dave (aka "Seprock") tasted his first snoball—a New Orleans–style frozen treat of soft shaved ice drenched in sweet syrup. Dazzled by its delicate texture and rich flavor, Dave became determined to bring the treat back to his hometown. With his wife's blessing, he eventually opened his own snoball shop in a cheerful plaza in Hunter's Creek.
Today, Seprock’s Snow is a kaleidoscope of color. Bright walls surround vibrantly decorated tables, and servers adorn icy snoballs with a rainbow of fruity syrups. Dave and his staff also stuff their treats full of creamy ice cream to add an extra dimension of goodness and help patrons sneak dairy past airport security. For colder days, they supplement their frozen treats and wash customers' tongues clean of their red, blue, and green color with steaming coffee, hot cocoa, and apple cider.
Dixie Belle's early morning menu clears cobwebs from the crannies of sleepy appetites with generous portions of protein-packed morning egg combinations ($3.25–$6.99), three-egg omelettes ($4.29–$7.25), early bird egg, biscuit, and potato platters ($1.99), and home-style house specialties. Wake up your sensory makeup with a South of the Border omelette, stuffed with sausage, cheese, tomato, and onion and folded in a flour tortilla with salsa ($6.99), or sink your fork's sweet little teeth into three pieces of french toast ($3.99) or three pancakes ($3.99). When the breakfast bell starts to come down with the midday droopies, get your hands on some handheld lunch grub, such as a hamburger on a grilled bun with home fries ($6.50), a country-fried steak sandwich on a grilled bun with home fries ($5.99), or egg salad and bacon on toast ($3.50).
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from classic triple scoops ($4–5), sundaes ($5–7), and milk shakes ($5–7) to fair-trade-certified coffee drinks. Swirl spoons around scoops of the famous original flavors at Ben & Jerry’s, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, Milk & Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. Every flavor of ice cream can also be cocooned in the crispy blanket of a waffle cone or transformed into a thick, sippable milk shake, and low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure-conscious or those still suffering from butterfat-related night terrors.
12 flavors of non-fat frozen yogurt swirl in their dispensers at Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bar. Patrons layer whorls of the creamy, cold treat into cups before sprinkling on chocolate candy, crispy cereal, and dozens of other toppings. Calcium and probiotics make each bite healthy as well as delicious.
On weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., cooks at Better Lunch stack sandwiches with sumptuous ingredients: chicken spread with cranberries and almonds, salami with carrots and Italian sauce, and signature egg and pickle salad are just a few examples. Diners can also opt for the soup of the day, or for a crisp salad with all the fixings.