When you walk into Sugar Shack Cafe, you can smell the reason why sisters Cassandra and Tracy made it on to Food Network's Cupcake Wars, not to mention why they were named the best in the area by Hampton Roads Magazine for four straight years. Buttercream, chocolate, lemon, and other scents fill the space?a small, red brick house that was once turn-of-the-century Princess Anne's post office?and put the duo's cupcakes in new hands all day. That goes double for their Twisted Sisters Cupcakes truck that makes its way through six Hampton Roads cities throughout the week.
The duo uses only fresh, whole ingredients to craft their inventive sugary treats. Though the selection rotates weekly, some of their flavors include a cookie dough-stuffed cupcake, a pink lemonade cupcake, and The Keys, a lime curd and cheesecake cupcake atop a graham cracker crust.
Back at the cafe, the lunch hour brings in customers in search of the sisters' sandwiches and snacks made with locally sourced, farm-fresh fruits and veggies. They also put together sandwich trays and cupcake towers for special occasions, such as graduations, weddings, and promotions to Megadoctor.
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans lures passersby into Bean There Coffeehouse's two locations, where baristas reenergize sluggish bodies with a menu cascading with seasonal brews, such as strawberry cupcake and neapolitan lattes. The coffee shops' thoroughly vetted beans are plucked from the top 20% rated throughout the world, with special attention paid to the country of origin, the altitude, and the astrological sign of each bean. Serving up flavorful coffee is their top priority, and the staff also cultivates a homey, neighborhood feel at each establishment, welcoming guests to events such as coffee tastings, dessert pairings, and poetry slams.
The only flame that grazes Living Foods Cafe's comestibles is the fiery passion that Chef Morgan Wood has for preparing healthy meals out of raw, organic ingredients. The all-natural, made-from-scratch salads, wraps, and fresh smoothies that form the eatery's seasonal menu contain fruits, vegetables, and herbs that retain all of their nutrients by never experiencing heat warmer than 105 degrees. The staff at this small, simple café shares its knowledge of raw foods during workshops that teach students the healing properties of food and how spinach can make a person strong enough to beat the Statue of Liberty in a thumb war.
Confetti's menu is chock-full of Continental classics, such as espresso, gelato, paninis, and crêpes. The shop's specialty, gelato, is made the authentic artisanal way in-house, with pure cane sugar, hormone-free milk, and natural ingredients imported from Italy. The thick, creamy delight can be served in a shake ($6.25) or swimming in espresso and topped with whipped cream ($4.25). For a heartier helping of sweet stuff, dig into a folded pocket of fresh strawberries and dark chocolate, the fragolissima crepe ($5.75). Noontime noshes include oven-toasted ciabatta sandwiches ($6-$7.25), salads ($3.25-$6.50) and paninis ($4-$7). Because calorie counts are posted on the menu, you'll always know how many British children you'll have to bench-press to work off your meal.
Azar's Natural Foods caravans the Mediterranean to bring back healthy recipes drawing from Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, and Moroccan lands. The menu includes a vast variety including ample vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and seafood dishes. An earthy and relaxing décor sets the tone to dine on dishes such as maza—an appetizer plate overflowing with hummus, baba gannouj, tabbuli, stuffed grape leaves, plus dip-worthy olives, tomatoes, pickles, pita bread, ($12.95)—and stuffed eggplant, which encapsulates ground beef, pine nuts, and onions under a smooth tomato sauce ($13.95). Other delectable edibles include kebab dinners consisting of two skewers threaded through grilled vegetables ($8.95), chicken ($13.95), beef ($14.95), or a combination of all three ($15.95).
Cuisine Type: Ethiopian
Most popular offering: Vegan and gluten-free options available
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Number of Tables: 5?10
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu contains our most traditional and favourite items. The vegetable dishes are totally vegan, since half of our population abstains from meat and dairy part of the year for religious reasons. We use authentic spices and cook everything from scratch. Traditional coffee ceremony is available. The coffee is roasted by us daily, Ethiopian-style.
Do you use any family recipes at your restaurant? Whose family do they belong to (the chef, the owner, or someone else)?
The chef is a renowned cook in our community. She is in charge of the food preparation for numerous Ethiopian gatherings.
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
The cabbage is my favorite.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We offer catering with advance notice.