Coffee & Treats in Island

Four-Course Dessert-Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Finale Desserterie (Up to 52% Off)

Finale Desserterie

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

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Chocolate-dipped strawberries start off a sojourn through such desserts as apple a la mode and a chocolate plate

Frozen Yogurt, Smoothies, Peets Coffee, or Personal Pizza at Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe (50% Off.)

Fruitberry Frozen Yogurt & i-Pizza Cafe

Crossroads Plaza

$5 $2.50

Yogurt comes in 16 flavors and more than 50 toppings, whereas pizzas are made in front of you and come with a choice of organic crust

$15 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Café Food at Oakleaf Cakes ($30 Total Value)

Oakleaf Cakes

Boston

$6 $3

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Bakery stocks the shelves of its attached café with scrumptious pastries and cupcakes alongside familiar coffee classics

$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Food and Drinks at Sudbury Coffee Works ($20 Value)

Sudbury Coffee Works

Sudbury

$5 $3

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Rich, imported coffees roasted on site, including more than 50 custom flavor blends, paired with fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches

Frozen Yogurt at Fresh Mango (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Fresh Mango

Fresh Mango

$58.50 $29

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Customize a frozen-yogurt concoction using homemade, all-natural yogurt and any of more than 50 toppings, including fresh fruit

$17 for $30 Toward Baked Goods — So Sweet Confections

So Sweet Confections

On Location

$30 $17

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream at I Love Milkshakes ($30 Total Value)

I Love Milkshakes

West Everett

$10 $5

Custom milkshakes and desserts blend frozen yogurt or ice cream with a variety of fruits or candy; smoothies, coffee, and self-serve waffles

$12 for Drinks and Treats at Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream ($20 Value)

Maplewood Coffee Shop & Ice Cream

Maplewood

$5 $3

Ice cream parlor and bakery serves up a variety of pasties, muffins, freshly brewed cofffee, and sandwiches

$24 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $12 Worth of Cafe Food and Drinks at Yes, It's All Good ($48 Value)

Yes, It's All Good

Located inside of L.A. Fitness

$12 $6

Specialty health-conscious, fruit-based shakes such as Blueberry Bonanza along with wraps, salads and egg white sandwiches

$11 for $20 Worth of Cafe Food at Quincy Cafe

Quincy Cafe

Quincy Point

$20 $11

Family-friendly cafe serves up pancakes, pasta, burgers, salads

One or Two Dozen Cupcakes or Two Vouchers for Coffee and Baked Goods at Stella's Custom Cakes (Up to 50% Off)

Stella's Custom Cakes

Stella's Custom Cakes

$18 $9

Flavors ranging from a strawberry cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and a lemon curd filling to a marble cake with coconut buttercream

$9.99 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Cupcake and Iced Coffee at Pink Tree Sweets ($17.97 Value)

Pink Tree Sweets

Andover

$5.99 $3.33

More than 30 sweet and savory cupcakes make for perfect pairings with fresh iced coffee

One Dozen Regular or Flavored Buttercream Cupcakes or One Six-Inch Cake at Sugar Coated Bakery (Up to 46% Off)

Sugar Coated Bakery

Dracut

$30 $17

Bakers prep custom cakes, cupcakes, and pastries for birthdays or special occasions

$15 for Six Health-Conscious Smoothies at Planet Smoothie ($29.94 Value)

Planet Smoothie

Emerald Square Mall

$4.99 $2.50

Natural smoothies incorporate fruit with health blasts, including muscle-building protein, immunity blast, and fat-burning blasts

One or Two Dozen Cupcakes at Cakes by Paula in Bridgewater (Up to 58% Off)

Cakes by Paula

Bridgewater

$30 $15

Chocolate, vanilla, or lemon cupcakes with fillings such as pineapple, strawberry, and raspberry

Yogurt, Ice Cream or Large Birthday Cake at Cold Stone Creamery Plymouth (Up to 40% Off). Five Options Available.

Cold Stone Creamery Plymouth

Plymouth

$15 $9.13

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

Select Local Merchants

Domenic’s Italian Bakery and Deli

Domenic's Italian Bakery and Deli has been a Waltham institution for more than 30 years, but the legacy of its fresh breads goes back all the way to the 1920s. Current owner Ciro Maione is a third-generation baker and butcher, his kneading and slicing prowess passed down to him by his father, Domenic, who learned from relatives in Naples, Italy. The menu begins with authentic Panini and deli sandwiches, with ingredients like imported parma ham, sopressata, and house-made garlic roast beef stuffed between slices of the shop's own homemade ciabatini or soft or crusty bread. Certain pastas, like the hand rolled and cut gnocci, are made to order in Dominic's kitchen, while others, like the potato cavatelli, come from local purveyors, but all are perfect for showcasing the flavors of fresh basil, mozzarella, or homemade meatballs. And of course, in true Italian-family tradition, the pasta and risotto dishes are available in family style portions, perfectly sized for two to three people or one very hungry caterpillar.

987 Main St
Waltham,
MA
US

“Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue?” asked Boston magazine as it crowned Blue Ribbon BBQ on its Best of Boston list in 2011. Whether dished out from its two brick-and-mortar locations or its trailer, the restaurant’s tender meats are lauded for their slow-cooked, pit-smoked tenderness, infused with the flavors of hickory and oak hardwoods. Blue Ribbon dishes out memphis dry-rubbed ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, and Kansas City–style burnt ends dubbed “absolutely addictive” by Boston. Locally made hot-smoked sausage and Mr. Whitner’s smoked-turkey-breast sandwiches help round out the menu alongside Southern sides such as dirty rice, potato salad, and corn bread. Blue Ribbon BBQ also caters special events and sells bottles of its most popular sauces so guests can enhance their grandmother’s recipes or add flavor to their super-soaker fights.

1375 Washington St
West Newton,
MA
US

In a Pickle

Waking up is the easy part. Choosing just one breakfast dish may prove a little more challenging. At In a Pickle, there are roughly 15 omelets to choose from, starting with the supreme, a medley of black forest ham, hickory-smoked bacon, and a garden’s-worth of vegetables, all the way to the El Diablo, a spicy mix of melted cheddar, sliced jalapeños, lime buffalo hot sauce, and tomato salsa. But that's just the beginning. A hearty selection of breakfast burritos and egg sandwiches comes next, followed by savory morning entrees like steak and eggs, eggs in a basket, and eggs benedict. Then, of course, comes the endless parade of sweet stuff, from thick slices of French toast dipped in vanilla and cinnamon, to pancakes stuffed with fresh fruit, chocolate chip cookie dough, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or smaller pancakes. The lunch menu is equally as ambitious, offering up a slate of creative sandwiches, wraps, and panini. One possible standout––the triple-decker Jersey sloppy joe, which layers rare roast beef, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and cole slaw between three slices of marble rye. Of course, you could always take matters into your own hands by building your own sandwich, but be warned: with 11 bread choices, eight cheese options, and 20 possible condiments, the possibilities are endless.

655 Main St
Waltham,
MA
US

Before you even get inside, Russo’s assaults the senses with a colorful spread of its bounty. Fresh fruit, veggies, flowers, and plants line baskets and bins, waiting patiently to be scooped up and carried home or lobbed at a rival landscaper. Inside, the temptations only get stronger as local eggs and milk, cured and fresh meats, and imported and domestic cheeses call out to browsing shoppers. It’s all in homage to founder Antonio Russo, who blazed the trail for neighborhood grocers more than 75 years ago. That’s when he first peddled the fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and beans he grew in his own garden to local shoppers. Today, his namesake store honors Russo’s legacy by selling only the freshest meats, produce, and groceries—both to individual customers and popular Boston restaurants. The shop's personal ties to local farmers and manufacturers mean everything, from bok choy and mushrooms to the bakery’s bread ingredients, arrives as fresh as the day it was imagined into being by a distracted third grader. Russo’s also caters parties with upscale hors d’ouevres, fruit platters, and hot entrées.

560 Pleasant St
Watertown,
MA
US

Frozen yogurt may be one of the few desserts with health benefits beyond sweet-tooth satiation. YoFresh Yogurt Cafe's swirls of peppermint stick, tart pomegranate, sugar-free cheesecake, and red velvet yogurt can help strengthen the immune system, fortify bones, and lower cholesterol. Customers top their yogurt with blackberries, chocolate chips, Whoppers, peanuts, and cookie dough before a staff member weighs creations to price them.

14 Austin St.
Newton,
MA
US

Founded by Eric Bickernicks, Velma's Wicked Delicious Kettle Corn serves up fresh kettle-cooked popcorn at stands and farmers' markets throughout New England. The staff also brings its salty snacks to private events and parties.

1200 Beacon St
Newton,
MA
US

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