Eileen's Colossal Cookies sates the hungry taste buds of dessert-deprived patrons with an extensive cookie collection. Avoid the embarrassment of an empty cookie jar by stuffing it with 3-inch baked disks ($4.35 per dozen) available in 16 flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate-chocolate-chip walnut, which is designed to satisfy double-strength cocoa cravings.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a can of vegetables, a bag of sliced bread, or a box of instant cake mix in The Backporch Cafe kitchen. The chefs are wary of the premade foods, bottled sauces, and magic beans found in grocery stores, preferring to whip up all their dishes from scratch. So they bake fresh apple pies, bran raisin muffins, and buttermilk biscuits each morning, along with from-scratch loaves of rye, wheat, and cheddar sourdough bread. As a yawning breakfast crowd begins to wander in, the chefs turn their attention to three-egg omelets, chorizo burritos, and lightly grilled french toast. Come lunchtime, they’ll layer housemade bread with house-smoked chicken, turkey, and ham before plating the sandwiches alongside handfuls of fries and scoops of potato salad.
Complementing all of this homestyle cooking is a beverage list that includes coffee, juice, bloody marys, screwdrivers, and Manmosas—orange juice mixed with Easy Street wheat beer from the nearby Odell Brewing Company. When the weather's nice, diners can lounge beneath magenta umbrellas on the patio.
Maiberry's inventive menu of craving-mollifying treats features organic frozen yogurt, raw juices, and more. The eatery's nonfat, rBST-free frozen yogurt, available in pomegranate, white-peach, mocha, and many other mouth-tickling flavors, is a chilly nosh that’s as smooth as a sweet-talking seal ($0.42/oz. at Denver and Fort Collins, $2.50+ at Boulder). Opt for glacée, a mouthwatering mix of classic shaved ice and italian gelato ($5.75), or all-natural fruit smoothies available in a slew of blended flavors to pamper tongues with a delightfully sacchariferous snack ($4.25 for a medium). Açaí bowls rich in antioxidants and proteins, as well as raw juices concocted from fresh produce and organic wheatgrass, serve as potent pick-me-ups, unlike strongmen wearing rubber gloves covered in grape jelly.
Mary's Mountain Cookies traces its origins to the kitchens of Cherokee Park Dude Ranch, where head chef Mary whipped up three square meals a day for hungry guests and packed her popular homemade cookies in their horses' saddlebags. The "mountain-style" treats were sturdy enough to remain in one piece during horseback-riding trips, but soft enough to maintain an irresistibly chewy texture. Guests never failed to request the recipe, coworkers raved over the sweets, and horses raided the freezers for leftovers overnight—all persuading Mary to set out and start selling homemade cookies on her own.
Today, loyal customers enjoy over 100 varieties of quarter-pound mountain cookies, from the classic chocolate chip, to sugar-dusted snickerdoodles and salty-sweet peanut butter. Shoppers with cravings for more substantial treats can stock up on cream-cheese brownies, 12-inch cookie cakes, and frosting-filled cookie sandwiches.
Having evolved through more than 1,000 frozen flavors since 1953, Baskin Robbins engages sub-zero palates with a rotating selection of classic cones, seasonal scoops, and cool cakes and pies. Customers can nuzzle old favorites such as pralines 'n’ cream or smash faces into the most recent flavor of the month, winter chocolate marshmallow ($2.29+), a hot-chocolate-flavored ice cream that snackers must blow on for one minute before delving into its whipped-cream ribbons and speckles of marshmallow dough. Ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute ice cream into shakes and smoothies ($3.99+), or caffeinated cappuccino blasts blended with ice cream, coffee, and electrified caramel syrup. A line-up of freeze-baked ice-cream cakes and pies includes crowd-pleasers such as the Grasshopper pie, a frosty disk of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, fudge, and whipped cream, held together by an Oreo-cookie crust. Visitors may also pick up hand-packed pints ($3.99+) from the grab ‘n‘ go cooler, to be enjoyed at home or impulsively consumed in the parking lot.