Laurel Kabob's menu features daily-prepared fresh fare infused with the sunny flavors of the Mediterranean. Start off with an appetizer of tabouleh ($3.90) or a dolma filled with rice, raisins, and pine nuts ($3.90) before pawing a spinach-and-cheese pita pizza ($6.50) with extra moxie on the side. Invoke Diana the huntress for a feast of succulent, slow-cooked lamb kebabs plated with tomato sauce, yogurt, and Turkish rice or fries ($9.90), or de-meat mealtime with the falafel plate ($8.90) or a veggie wrap with mushrooms, rice, zucchini, eggplant, and bell pepper ($6.90). Soak too-solid sustenance in a glass of red or white wine ($4.90) or a German beer, such as Spaten or Franziskaner Hefeweizen ($3.50), to create a vibrant, conversational atmosphere conducive to a holding a lunchtime heart-to-heart with a dear friend or a spirited dinner debate with a budding enemy.
Founders Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz started Nothing Bundt Cakes in Las Vegas with the simple aim of making cakes for their families and friends. But thanks to their handcrafted recipes, pure ingredients, and innovative decorating ideas, their business soon grew from a small home kitchen to a franchise, with locations in 13 states.
The custom-designed cakes—made with fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese—arrive in flavors ranging from white chocolate raspberry to lemon and chocolate chocolate chip. Thick, frosted petals atop each cake showcase the signature velvety cream cheese–frosting, which must be eaten swiftly before it glides away on a summer breeze.
A reliable supplier of diner-style milk shakes and ice-cream creations made from scratch, MilkShake Werks uses organic components in the construction of customized cakes. Able-bodied milk shakers churn cane sugar and high-quality cream (unpolluted by added hormones or negative thoughts) into sterling homemade ice cream, which grows into a fine dessert that is at once both ice cream and cake. Sugar-free cakes—made with organic agave syrup—as well as gluten-free and vegan cakes supplement the more traditional selections, ensuring no one has to go through life without knowing the bliss of enjoying a cake in front of a jealous enemy. Cake-watching hobbyists can browse MilkShake Werks' online gallery of sweet palate pleasers in search of the best of all possible cakes.
For more than 40 years, Romolo's carefully crafted cannoli have acted as the wormhole linking the Bay Area with sunny Sicily in the space-taste continuum. The sweet treats' combination of fried pastry shell and smooth, creamy filling creates a textural tandem that mouths find delectably disorienting, while a variety of custom toppings and garnishes allows each temptation to target taste buds more precisely than a smart bomb in the talons of a homing pigeon. Choose ricotta-cream filling—made with spices, sugar, citron, and other premium ingredients—and garnish it with chocolate chips, pistachio, or cherries. Or opt instead for a filling made from handmade ice cream in flavors such as vanilla bean, coffee, and chocolate. Like Belgian fried chicken, shells can come coated in dark chocolate or just plain plain (for ricotta cream only). All shells and fillings are made fresh daily.
Summit Coffee starts brewing pots from flavorful beans in the wee hours of the morning, encouraging guests to jump-start their days with a steaming cup and hearty breakfast from 5:30 a.m. onward. Alongside signature coffee drinks and energizing shots of espresso, baristas serve up eye-opening breakfast items such as waffles topped with fruit and whipped cream, classic omelets, and alarm clocks in hollandaise sauce. Once diners are ready to take on the day, they can get to work using the shop’s free WiFi and continue to fuel with fresh mugs from the coffee counter.
Making a good sandwich, like removing a child’s head from between stair balusters, requires delicate handling and a lot of mayonnaise. Marvel at skilled condiment usage with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $14 worth of sandwiches and bagels at Izzi's To-Go East-Coast Bagels & Smokehouse in Redwood City.
Delicate rose floral arrangements and lemon hues surround the country tearoom at SweeTea's, which pairs guests with elegant midday tea breaks replete with fresh homemade treats. Julita, the creator of SweeTea's, adorns the dining area with pieces gathered during her 10 years of collecting teacups, exploring English tearooms, and growing teacup bushes in her backyard. Cream teas, dessert teas, and full afternoon teas sit before sippers in gold-rimmed teacups and saucers, and fresh meals can accompany piping cups. In order to arrange sweet and savory items such as lavender-white-chocolate scones and artichoke Parmesan sandwiches, the chefs at SweeTea's use fresh, in-season ingredients and ancient scone-hunting techniques. Julita can reserve her tearoom for private parties of 16–24 and breakfast meetings, and takes her tea, sandwiches, and desserts on the road to cater gatherings of up to 12.