Crafting notably delectable frozen treats in small batches, Marble Slab uses high-quality ingredients and makes all of its treats and waffle cones on-site to present palates with super-premium ice cream. Just like tax forms, chef-inspired concoctions are prepared on frozen marble slabs to ensure optimal freshness and easy customization. First, choose one of Marble Slab's original ice-cream flavors, which include pumpkin, black walnut, bubblegum, mango, and amaretto (flavors vary). One of the expert dippers and mixers will then gently incorporate your choice of candy, nuts, fruit, or enthusiasm into the ice cream on the spot, before placing the freshly kneaded delight into a cup or fresh-baked waffle cone.
Peering out onto Main Plaza between the window panes of their 1925 shopfront, New Braunfels Coffee's baristas tempt passing noses with fragrant Lavazza espresso and baked-from-scratch French pastries. Seven types of salads nest toppings of grilled chicken, feta cheese, and cranberries, and hot deli sandwiches couple with cups of daily soup on tabletops scattered across the café's sunny tiled floor. While the building houses historic charms, the amenities are decidedly modern—free WiFi allows midsip customers to monitor global goings-on or challenge former PE instructors to games of online poker.
On The Grind may be a convenient, unassuming drive-thru, but its coffee is much more complex. Brewed by Third Coast, the shop's customized blend consists of three beans?the mild Norandino from Peru, the smooth Sidama from Ethiopia, and the full-bodied Sumatra from Indonesia. These contrasting flavors make for a dynamic beverage that can be served hot, iced, or blended with indulgent sweets such as coconut, salty caramel, and chocolate macadamia.
With her slate of deli sandwiches, Angela Toler aims to please even the choosiest palate. As the owner and proprietor of The Picky Deli, she oversees a host of tasks, from baking the turkey and ham to cooking and slicing the deli’s meats. Using fresh ingredients, Toler’s staff stacks each sandwich made to order, from classic Reubens to turkey clubs. The deli is open Monday through Friday, and on Fridays, diners can stop by for chicken-sausage gumbo.
The sweet-toothed masterminds of Yo So Cool chill health-conscious tongues with calcium-rich, self-serve frozen yogurt in 12 flavors du jour ($0.42/ounce). Visitors to the modern dessert lair can fill 100% recyclable cups with fruity frozen treats such as the sweet mango, tangy pomegranate, and fresh blueberry; or indulge baked-good hankerings with creamy-cheesecake and red-velvet varietals. Dessert artisans paint frozen canvases with more than 30 toppings including fresh fruit, popular cereals such as Quarterback Crunch, candy, cookies, white-chocolate-iced cake balls, and syrupy syrups. The kosher-certified sweet swirls contain live active cultures and come in gluten-free, sugar-free, and non- and low-fat varieties.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.