Students and graduates of the Amos Culinary Education (ACE) program show off their food prep prowess at Friendship Cafe, a restaurant run by the nonprofit social services agency Amos House. The chefs here hone essential kitchen techniques as they cook classic egg-and-pancake breakfasts, simmer homemade soups, and stack deli sandwiches. "We designed the menu to offer all-around culinary skills training," manager Robb Desimone told City News. Down-home daily specials, such as pot pies, fish and chips, and meatloaf, allow cooks to build their comfort-food repertoire and diners to feel like they successfully crashed someone else's family dinner.
FroyoWorld fills its self-serve stations with a monthly rotating lineup of 12 yogurt and sorbet flavors, including varieties such as dairy free, no sugar added, and nonfat. A selection of up to 140 toppings include candies, fresh fruit, and drizzles of chocolate and caramel. Between spoonfuls, customers can make use of the free WiFi to check emails and look up holistic brain-freeze cures.
The gourmet cupcakes of Bad Kat Kupkakes are composed of frosting and cake made entirely from scratch and infused with ingredients such as cordials to give them an “adult” twist. Flavors include merlot, chocolate, and chili, bourbon with sweet peach frosting, jalapeno and strawberry, or pink lemonade. Also available are cupcakes baked directly in gift-wrapped jars and children’s flavors.
Though its name evokes Italian cuisine, Cafe Romano supplements its Italian bites with American diner classics. Old-country entrees such as frittatas or a dish of eggs, red bliss potatoes, and meat share space on the breakfast menu with American-style hash browns and eggs. At lunch, diners can dig into housemade lasagna or pastrami sandwiches.
From cupcakes to calzones, snackers can find a variety of sweet and savory treats at The Sweet Tooth Bakery & Cafe. Besides it's ever-present selection of cookies and specialty chocolate-caramel pretzels, Sweet Tooth's bakers can also design customized cakes for special occasions.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt's network of self-serve dessert shops treat taste buds without expanding waistlines. Like Willy Wonka's prized collection of gum drops, each cup of creamy frozen yogurt is priced by weight, and comes in an endless assortment of possible flavor and topping combinations. Guests can spoil their dinner without spoiling their diet thanks to Orange Leaf's sensible selection of low-fat treats, some of which clock in at as few as 25 calories per ounce. After diners top their fruit, candy, or chocolate flavored desserts with crumbled graham crackers, peach slices, berries, or granola and they can dig in amid the shops’ bright green-and-orange-color scheme.