Savor the sweet sensation of shrunken cupcakedom with 12 of Kate's mini cupcakes (valued at $1.25 each), available in a number of flavors for fluffy feasting. The bakery's daily flavors include vanilla vanilla, vanilla chocolate, chocolate chocolate, and chocolate vanilla, with carrot cake and red velvet permanently on tap and strawberry and lemon popping in throughout the week like wacky neighbors from a network sitcom or Dostoevsky novel. Kate's bold bakers can also tackle special orders, with additional fees applying. Munch on memories from your days as a star high-school quarterback's lab partner with The Jock, featuring banana cake topped with peanut-butter frosting and bacon crumbles, or ascend to nourishment nirvana with the Cloud 9, a white-chocolate cake that's packed with raspberry filling and bedecked in white-chocolate cream-cheese frosting and white-chocolate curls. Call ahead for special orders or simply settle for the standard creamy-crowned fare with a dozen decadent mini cupcakes from Kate's Frosting.
The Foundry's bean barons orchestrate a menu that brims with organic-certified free-trade coffee and specialty drinks and a buoyant selection of light café fare. A local roaster delivers The Foundry's weekly bounty of coffee beans, which the crew grinds moments before brewing them and pouring the coffee into refillable cups that are as bottomless as a trap door in the Oval Office. Diners can pair the Elvis frappuccino––a blend of peanut butter, banana, and mocha ($4–$4.50)––with a solid savory, such as the spicy chipotle-chicken panini with a melted fusion of chipotle-cheese salsa, mozzarella, pico de gallo, and guacamole ($6.50). Cool off a piping hot palate with a selection of sweet fruit smoothies ($3.25–$3.75).
Prime Cultures Frozen Yogurt is a locally owned yogury that crafts cool scoops from real yogurt and fresh, seasonal fruits. You can witness a festival of yogurts led by original tart and tangy frozen yogurt ($2.50 for a small, $3.50 medium, $4.50 large), followed closely behind by specialty flavors such as green tea, cranagranate, or lemon lime ($3.50, $4.50, $5.50), and rounded out with floats of daily toppings including almonds, walnuts, honey, granola, coconut, graham crackers, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Pebbles, and the fruit battalion of blackberries, kiwi, peaches, mangoes, strawberries, and more ($1 for one topping, $1.25 for two, $1.50 for three).
Cosmic Cakery's owner, Brittney, believes that baking is just as valid an art form as painting or sculpture (in fact, it seems to borrow heavily from both). One look at Brittney's custom cakes will make you inclined to agree. Her edible creations have included a purple boom box, a cake shaped like Legos, and another cake topped with a pair of artfully crafted roller skates. But the taste is what matters most, and Cosmic Cakery certainly delivers on that front with everything from marshmallow fondant to peanut-butter cup cake pops.
Both a quick pit-stop for grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry and a respite for sitting down for lunch and lingering a while, Hearthstone Express functions as a coffee shop and bistro. The cooks usher in the day with breakfast, scrambling eggs and tucking them into buttery croissants with spinach-artichoke spread and crispy bacon. Meanwhile, the bakers whip up pastries such as danishes, scones, and bagels to complement cups of coffee. For lunch, the cooks move on to gourmet sandwiches and paninis; best-sellers include Alicia's club?turkey, avocado spread, mozzarella, and honey dijon on a croissant?and the turkey artichoke panini, topped with spinach-artichoke spread. But the staff is open to customers' own creations as well, making Build Your Own sandwiches. Diners can pick their meat, bread, cheese, veggies, and dressings, and name it anything they want, such as Janet.
The Old Testament tells the story of Joseph, a man who accumulated so much grain that it was like sand on the seashore; there was so much that he even lost track of all the records. Because of this abundance, he was able to save a nation from famine.
The owners of Joseph's Storehouse & Bakery have a similar story. After taking a serious interest in eating healthfully, they began to stockpile organically grown grain in their garage so they could make their own bread from flour they ground themselves. Like the wholesome breads that got them started, all their foods today are baked fresh and are free of chemicals, preservatives, and unnatural ingredients. Their expansive menu extinguishes meal-specific hunger pangs, quenching breakfast cravings with gourmet oatmeal and cinnamon-almond french toast, eradicating lunch cravings with classic club sandwiches, and solving dinner dilemmas with lasagna and chicken pot pie.