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.
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.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat that emanates from the floorboards. Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.79) harnesses the nutritious hunger-fighting power of superfruit, and delectable low-fat elixirs such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, nonfat yogurt, $4.29) hoodwink gullible taste buds into believing they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops.
With hundreds of cake flavors and designs, the options are nearly endless at Pinky Sweets Cupcakes and Confections. A rotating selection of cupcakes delights taste buds with flavors such as chocolate salted caramel, chocolate turtle, lemon coconut, and red velvet. Pinky's bakers also design specialty cakes and cupcakes for weddings, and they can arrange cupcakes on custom displays.
Pinky's birthday-party packages, which have themes ranging from spa party to tea party to tax-filing party, allow kids to take on the cupcake-decorating responsibilities while munching on snacks. They often feature a professional photographer.
In the kitchen of Zino's Italian-American Restaurant, chefs whip up a menu of more than 200 Italian and American classics—from cheesy homemade lasagna to tender sirloin steaks. The chefs top half-pound burgers with hearty toppings like chili and fried egg, and slather ribs in sweet St. Louis–style barbecue sauce. They shower fresh toppings onto homemade pizza crusts, which writers from the Virginian-Pilot lauded as "thick and chewy." Throughout the month, the lively eatery features special events, including karaoke and free-pool nights.