Founded, owned, and run by the Harvey family, Mitchell's is a cozy and convenient spot to grab a coffee and some family cooked fare. Morning caffeine jolts come in the form of cups of joe ($1.75 for a medium), lattes ($3.20 for a medium) and frozen mochas ($3.90). Smoothies ($4.00) are also available in banana, strawberry, raspberry, or any combination of the three encompassable by the meager scope of human imagination. Those who wish to supplement their morning coffee buzz with nourishment can take advantage of Mitchell's breakfast, served Monday through Saturday until 11 a.m. Tastebuds, dormant through the night, will be awakened to joy with the Mitchell's Favorite breakfast burrito ($4.95), a delectable mélange of scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chipotle hot sauce. Non-carnivores can partake in the Veggie-Tastic breakfast burrito ($4.95), replete with scrambled eggs, spinach, tomato, Parmesan cheese and basil. Lunch is offered on weekdays, serving up a tantalizing collection of soups, sandwiches, and salads. Customers who are attracted, moth-like, to the mysterious might wish to try Mitchell's Famous Chicken Gumbo ($3.99 for a cup, $4.99 for a bowl), a local favorite, made according to a secret recipe bestowed upon the owners in an ancient and esoteric ceremony, deep in the heart of Louisiana. Other lunch opportunities include Chicken or Tuna salads ($5.85) and "Create Your Own" Sandmitches ($5.99), named after the owners' son.
One of the largest locally owned gourmet coffee and tea shops in the U.S., Barnie's offers more than 50 different gourmet coffees with 15 delectable flavors. Barnie's typically brews four different fresh coffees each day, and a ballroom of smoothies and lattes waltzes alongside mochas, espressos, and cappuccinos. Sit and sip a freshly brewed cup ($1.59+) or begin hoarding bags of pre-ground or whole-bean specialties such as Santa's White Christmas ($9.49/12 oz.)—a combination of Barnie's blended coffee with hints of coconut, sweet caramel, and vanilla guaranteed to keep you alert during the season when homes are most vulnerable to invasion by diabolically generous bearded elves. Recently unfrozen British cavemen can warm up with signature teas such as organic raspberry truffle and white-ginger peach, while all others can hose down tongue gardens with summer specials such as the Barnie Palmer ($2.29–$2.59), a blend of strawberry iced tea and mango lemonade.
On weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., cooks at Better Lunch stack sandwiches with sumptuous ingredients: chicken spread with cranberries and almonds, salami with carrots and Italian sauce, and signature egg and pickle salad are just a few examples. Diners can also opt for the soup of the day, or for a crisp salad with all the fixings.
Unlike most coffee shops and all PTA meetings, Crescent's Coffee & Tea accents its selection of coffee and baked goods with beer and wine. This welcome addition simply goes further in the café's quest to add a refined touch to the familiar, along with filling mugs with certified fair-trade, 100% organic coffees and filling stomachs with fresh croissant sandwiches, paninis, and baked goods. As they gaze through the café's windows onto St. Cloud's historic downtown scenery, diners can tap into the free WiFi while they sip a warm cup of caffeine or raise a glass of white wine or beer to the live entertainment that pumps out free sounds every Friday night. Crescent's also hosts themed tea parties that pair mothers and daughters, nieces and aunts, or grandfather clocks and digital watches to socialize over steamy brewed beverages.
Answering humanity's unwavering call for hearty, unprocessed desserts and ice cream, Simka’s boasts a menu full of timeless tongue delighters and inventive after-dinner sweets. The old-timey ice cream shop—which offers kosher varieties of its signature treat—scoops up 12 flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2.58–$3.69), including vanilla, coffee, and rainbow sherbet flecked with gold from Simka's leprechaun confectioners. Singular sundaes such as the Kookie Cookie top two scoops of cookies 'n cream with a light Oreo dusting ($5.97) and blended fruit smoothies are packed with the energy needed to navigate treacherous commute or outrun bullies on horseback ($3.49).