Healing Time Coffee Cafe moves beyond the bean bounds to offer patrons a small squadron of smoothies, sandwiches, and inventive cuisine. Breakfast fans can feed on a grilled cheese sandwich with apple or tomato ($2.79+), or a belgian waffle ($2.79) to vanquish stomach voids. The noon-time meal means open season for unsuspecting sandwich combos such as smoked ham with baby swiss cheese ($7.95) or the crowd-pleasing chicken cordon bleu flatbread melt ($7.99). Coffee varieties offer roasted goodness from all five corners of the globe with eye-opening Columbian supremo, Kenya AA, and more ($1.50+), and amour waits around the corner with a strawberry-fortified Love Splash smoothie ($3.65–$4). Free WiFi allows customers to immediately blog their food reactions while simultaneously playing an online text-based role-playing game.
When Diane founded Stillwater House Tea Room, she named the boutique cafe after her beloved mother's Minnesota hometown. Nestled inside the historic 1859 Townsend House, the cafe is filled with delicate china, lace tablecloths, floral arrangements, and oil paintings?elements that give a nod to Diane's love of tearoom tradition as well as family heritage. Light lunch and high tea feature steaming pots of freshly brewed tea alongside soups, finger sandwiches, and assorted sweets. The tearoom also hosts kids' dress-up parties, where children can adorn themselves in colorful gowns and feather boas.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staff toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite, and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, the staff also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.
For Kombuchick Inc. owner Leslie Crews, the communal spirit that comes with brewing and sharing kombucha—a probiotic fermented tea—is integral to why she makes it a part of her lifestyle and business. And it's why she sells starter cultures for brewing it online at no profit. When Leslie started transitioning to a raw-food lifestyle, she became determined to brew her own kombucha. Soon enough, she found a starter culture from a woman on the Internet who brought Leslie into her home for a brewing demo—which was the first time Leslie realized the tea’s ability to create a communal spirit among its drinkers. Today, she hopes the healthful blends and brews that come from the recipes sold at her store continue to inspire the same sense of gratitude and generosity they spring from. At Leslie's Kombuchick Bar, fizzy tea brews flow from taps or sit tight in bottles in regular and seasonal flavors. Each is blended from organic and fair-trade herbs wherever possible by Leslie, who likens her skill with blending herbs to “someone who knows how to play the piano by ear.” A dry green tea-based Bangkok Blazin’ melds lemongrass, ginger, and galangal, and a popular winter brew mixes allspice, cloves, and snowman hearts for sips of warm comfort. Depending on the season, the bar also stocks fresh fruit juices to mix with the kombucha on draft. Even the loose-leaf teas sold in her shop are the same she uses at the bar, which she hopes further encourage kombucha brewing in the community alongside her regular three-session brewing classes.
The chefs at Sassi Cakes & Sweets know that desserts and drinks are the two best parts of any meal. That's why they focus the majority of their time crafting mouthwatering treats like fresh fruit tarts topped with vanilla cream, or dense, gooey brownies with caramel cream and bits of Heath bar. The same way a fancy restaurant might pair its wines to its entrees or complimentary dinner mints, the chefs here pair their delectable desserts to a number of specialty martinis and other drinks. Of course, sometimes the best pairing for a sweet snack is a savory dish, which is why Sassi Cakes & Sweets also offers a small menu of tapas plates and entrees, ranging from lump crab cakes to pan-seared ribeyes.
Tim Hortons, the largest quick-service chain in Canada, crossed the border into U.S. territory in 1995 bearing baked goods, homestyle lunches, and their best-selling offering—fresh-brewed coffee crafted from 100% arabica beans. Tim Hortons’ Timbits—bite-size donut holes that double as no-bounce ping-pong balls—come in 35 flavors, and the selection of the donuts Timbits were punched from vary by store and sprawl across a spectrum from apple fritter to boston cream. Lighter fare such as wraps, parfaits, and the recently unveiled egg-white breakfast sandwich complements custom espresso drinks and real-fruit smoothies, which each hold a full serving of fruit for those under 12 feet tall.