Affectionately dubbed "a little piece of France" by Christina Rowland of Real Frisco, Cafe Trottoir et Patisserie transports taste buds with Parisian-style bistro fare for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Dishes feature simple, elegant preparations, with numerous sauces and vinaigrettes drizzled across seared tuna steaks and roasted duck breasts. Mimicking money-booth contestants, pear and goat cheese step into a salad arena, where they compete to snatch the most pecans out of a slippery shower of lavender-honey vinaigrette. The steak frites' Black Angus terres major is pan-seared with red-wine pan jus and laid on a plate of pommes frites and baby greens.
Indoor meals unfurl under brass chandeliers bearing clusters of golden lamps. In fair weather, the sun-dappled outdoor terrace surrounds tables in tall trees bookended by stucco walls and a large outdoor fireplace.
Touting more than 50 flavors of low-calorie, flavor-packed frozen yogurt, Tutti Frutti earned a feature on CNBC and has continued to expand since opening its first shop in 2007. Inside each store, self-service yogurt machines unleash velvety-soft yogurt into accommodating cups or empty purses. The constantly rotating flavors include royal red velvet, refreshing guava, and chocolate peanut butter. Most flavors fall within the range of 30–40 calories per ounce, with dairy-free options and no-sugar-added concoctions also available.
A toppings bar allows eaters to further customize yogurt creations with a spoonful of fresh fruits or a sprinkling of nuts. The flavors contain ample amounts of probiotics, known for potential health benefits that may include strengthening immune systems and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
What do melt-in-your-mouth gourmet chocolates and sense-clearing, smooth, loose-leaf teas have in common? Besides indulging your senses, the two are both chock-full of health-enhancing antioxidants. Frisco’s HALO Tea Lounge & Chocolate Bar serves specialty teas and chocolates that are not just good, they’re good for you. With today's Groupon, you get $25 toward anything in the store for just $10—that's 60% off a delicious path toward antioxidized health.
At Starwood Cafe, 6:30 in the morning might as well be time for dessert. The breakfast menu here doesn't shy away from sweet specialty dishes, including homemade french crepes stuffed with bananas and Nutella or pancakes with Oreo crumbles blended into the batter. But this family-owned restaurant does more than just churn out inventive sweets. The staffers also tip their collective hats to the classics. They serve biscuits with sausage gravy, farm-fresh eggs with grits, and skillets full of hash browns and toppings.
Once the day segues into lunchtime, the cafe composes sandwiches and wraps alongside gourmet salads. Grilled teriyaki-salmon stir-fry speaks to the kitchen's versatility, while tuna melts and deep-fried Atari games show the cooks' passion for nostalgia. And some entrees, such as the chicken-fried steak, are just as delicious in the afternoon as they are at sunrise. Regardless of what you order, almost everything that makes its way from the kitchen to the dining table abides by Starwood's strict philosophy, which prizes freshness and made-from-scratch quality above all else.
SmoothieZone mixes a fruity, frosty menu of smoothies using fresh juices, frozen yogurt, and powerful shots of vitamins and nutrients. Fruit smoothies such as the blueberry-banana cooler ($3.65–$5.85) inundate sippers with 18 grams of whey protein, and fresh-squeezed juices such as the organic carrot juice ($2.95–$4.95) spare teeth days of tedious crunching. A kids’ menu sneaks protein into diminutive bellies with treats such as the Chunky Monkey, a protein smoothie with peanut butter, milk, chocolate, and bananas ($4.35). Shots of vitamins and nutrients such as B-12 ($0.99) and muscle building creatine and glutamine ($1.49 each) bolster beverages and imbue drinkers with the energy open the doors at a grocery store without touching them. Patrons can also enjoy waffle cones or cups filled with vanilla, chocolate, or swirled fat-free frozen yogurt ($2.95–$3.95).
Ben & Jerry's came from humble beginnings—in 1978, its eponymous founders served ice cream out of a renovated Burlington gas station, and delivered pints of their now-classic flavors to grocery stores out of the back of Ben's VW Squareback wagon. Today, its myriad shops dispense cups, cones, shakes, and smoothies brimming with a variety of quirky flavors, including Phish Food and Cherry Garcia, named for famous revolutionary Cherry Garcia. The duo is also famous for their social responsibility, which is evident in their community activism and in their use of fair-trade products, such as cage-free eggs and sustainable, growth-hormone-free dairy.