From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.
Toshi's Café's chefs slice up rolls of fusion-style sushi to tuck into carryout dinners alongside edamame soybean starters. Diners can select any of the cafe's 26 rolls, including the Flying Dragon—a shrimp tempura and avocado roll capped with eel, spicy crab, and a drizzle of sweet soy sauce. To create the Katie's Delight roll, nimble fingers wrap up spicy crab, shrimp, and bacon with a cooling cream cheese and avocado combo, before chefs deep-fry each morsel and fashion it an edible party hat of sweet soy and scallions. A selection of vegetarian rolls are crammed with meatless savories, while the BLT nigiri roll adds avocado to the classic combination before being doused with spicy or wasabi mayo. Takeout dinners allow twosomes and families to dine at home or inside a library's reference section, while the party option—which should be ordered a day in advance—provides hosts and hostesses enough fare to feed a large group of friends or a single oil baron.
Dairy Queen offers a cool, frosty respite from harsh summer heat with a variety of frozen ice-cream delicacies. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms dissolve flavor lockouts with classic candies, cookies, or fruits blended to unmatched thickness with soft serve ($3.59 for a medium) spun in a specialty centrifuge for maximum creaminess. The waffle-bowl sundae delivers vanilla ice cream nestled in a chocolate-bedecked waffle-cone bowl with a choice of tempting toppings ($3.95), and the milkshake ($2.59 for a medium) puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability and willingness to fit into cup holders and miniature siege cannons.
Opening at 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday and at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Shakespeare and Company's bookworm baristas infuse steamy espresso drinks and signature beverages with more than 40 flavors. A quintet of foamy medium lattes allows ample opportunity to sample sweet infusions individually, or opt for preselected concoctions, such as Juliet's Cup with a chocolate-cherry-amaretto kick or the caramel and cinnamon of a mug filled with Midsummer Night's Dream. Espresso shots, like the container of cotton balls at the doctor's office, are also yours for the taking at no additional charge.
The ancients spoke of a day when a fellowship of highly intelligent strangers would journey to Earth to discover the magical coffee fields of middle earth. Together they would harvest this crop and forever break the decades-old curse of the evil mermaid! That day is now, and that coffee can be found at Brew Nerds!!
Wolfies Gourmet Frozen Custard's bounty of more than 100 flavors sandwiched between cookies, by the scoop, or in milk shakes earned the eatery a nod in the New York Times and make sweet holiday gifts. Custardologists make the sweet stuff in-store daily, using less air, and screams than regular ice cream. Among the rotating list of 100 flavors, tastes such as pumpkin pie, cherry vanilla, and thin mint make regular appearances, and eggnog, pecan-filled nutcracker, and candy-cane-laden peppermint drop in for the holidays. Two cookies cradle two scoops of custard with the Screamwich ($4.25), and guests can savor their way through one of four sundaes, choosing from toppings such as hot fudge, maple syrup, and pecans to cap their treat ($4.25–$5.95). A slew of drinks such as seasonal mochas, custard and coffee Wolfcaffes ($4.60), and milk shakes of any flavor ($4.60) are made to order as well.
Café Roché is a locally owned and independently operated coffee shop devoted to delicious café fare and sustainable business practices. The coffee is organic, shade-grown, and direct trade whenever possible, and the ice cream is all-natural and sourced from grass-fed cows at Homeland Creamery in Julian. Wake up sweetly with an espresso-anchored crème brûlée cortado, glazed with raw sugar and caramelized with a blow torch ($2.99), rise simply with a large drip coffee ($2.04), or jolt awake briskly with an iced beverage. Ice cream ($2.99 for one scoop, $3.99 for three) comes in a variety of flavors, such as blueberry, butter pecan, and vanilla, and a java milkshake caffeinates a sweet tooth with a shot of espresso ($4.99–$5.99).