Heather and Gary Labbe unveil a passage to bygone eras with the ornately decorated Clipper Merchant Tea House, "a destination that is simply unforgettable," according to Tea Time Magazine. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home-turned-luncheonette holds up to 40 guests in rooms that, despite brandishing the same elegant woodwork and birth certificates, take on different identities through an assortment of statues, vases, paintings, and knickknacks. Inside the Colonial-themed Hawthorne room, diners toast with more than 80 different teas that swirl around inside each of their cups. Toward the back of the house, the China Room plays host to a couple who can scale the Tower of London's three tiers of tea sandwiches, warm scones, and petite desserts. Antique china, silver, and linens—all of which Heather inherited from her aunt—help whisk visitors further into the depths of grandeur.
Jayleen Hayden has always had deep connections with the people she meets. From a young age, she noticed that she was especially adept at reading and even feeling others' emotions, a skill that she attributes to her sensitivity to personal energies. This innate ability aids her during the reiki sessions she performs, which treat the energetic blockages traditional medicine doesn't address. By using her energy to shift and balance her client's energy, Jayleen's hands-on therapy can help relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety, or chronic pain while also healing the underlying energetic causes of these conditions. Customers can call on Jayleen for in-person reiki sessions and animal reiki for stressed or anxious pets.
Open until 1 a.m., Sneaky Pete Billiards riles up the spirit of friendly competition with a variety of different games, including video games, darts, foosball, and billiards atop eight tables. Tournaments are posted on their Facebook page, and leagues take place three nights a week. Patrons of all ages can fuel the competition by diving into hearty dishes such as chili mac or shepherd's pie—a homemade heap of savory ground beef and fresh mashed potatoes that leaves bellies more full than a drill sergeant's swear jar. Guests can also stroll up to the full-service bar and imbibe a selection of 36 bottled beers or variety of cocktails.
Each day, a delivery driver arrives at Blue Burrito Cafe's kitchen, bringing all the fresh produce needed to make an array of Mexican and Southwest cuisine. Then, chefs combine that produce with other fresh ingredients to create everything on their menu from scratch?from traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, flautas, and enchiladas, to Southwest specialties such as deep-fried chimichangas.
Blue Burrito's team works equally hard at its bar. To complement food, they squeeze fresh juice in order to make six kinds of margaritas, including a spicy concoction with jalape?o-infused tequila and raspberry liqueur.
What began as a familial distaste for plain, traditional birthday cakes has blossomed into Dirt On A Cake, a family-run ice-cream-cake emporium specializing in uniquely flavored sweets. The confectionary's signature dipped dirt cakes submerge ice-cream cupcakes—like high-school principal dunkings in Candyland—in a layer of rich milk chocolate. Party-sized ice-cream cakes sate 15–20 appetites, and personal-sized ice-cream cupcakes provide solo treats to on-the-go desserters. Dozens of specialty flavors include blueberry ginger, stout, and peppermint mocha.
Lobster benedict, BLT croissants, and seafood chowder are just a handful of the homestyle comfort foods one may find scrawled on the Daily Specials chalkboard at Charlie's Diner. The small restaurant specializes in homemade dishes, desserts, and making your grandmother jealous of its biscuits. Run by a mother-and-daughter team, the diner serves its comforting classics for all meals of the day