Stowed away in big glass jars, nearly 100 different types of teas fill the shelves of Tea and Tea. The staff crafts hot, iced, and blended drinks, such as a roasted mate drink with notes of sweet caramel. Guests can pair their cups with fresh pastries and baked goods while they catch up on work using the shop's free wifi and numerous outlets. Tea and Tea also welcomes local artists and musicians to share their talents during biweekly Center Stage events.
Italia by Café Noam offers Italian-style café eats, including an assortment of baked goods. Customers can grab a cup of Lavazza coffee and espresso for a jolt of energy to hopscotch across the outdoor patio. Stop in for a scoop of gelato, which comes in a range of flavors, including mango, tiramisu, and cookies and cream.
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.
Upon walking into Purple Orchid Cafe & World Grocery, it’s not uncommon to witness Nisa Fanou or her daughter, Sonia, warmly greeting regulars, introducing themselves to newcomers, or snapping photographs of grinning guests. They do more than just offer salutations, though. When the friendly mother and daughter aren’t fraternizing with customers, they’re folding fresh ingredients into authentic Thai curries, noodles, and rice dishes. They adorn plates with the likes of steamed dumplings, red curry with bamboo shoots, and pad Thai noodles with tamarind sauce.
To quell the kick of some of the spicier dishes, Nisa and Sonia offer sweet Thai iced tea and fruits topped with shaved ice, flavored syrup, and milk. They also peddle a variety of groceries and pastries that hail from all over, from fruity soda from Mexico to hovering cupcakes from the future.
Though Bubbles and Ice may give headliner status to its boba-tea smoothies and shaved snow cones, that's just the beginning of the eatery's sweet selection. The dessert bar also slings sinful delights, such as waffles topped with fresh fruit and deep-fried cheesecake drizzled in hot fudge. Just next door at its sister restaurant, Noodles and Rice Cafe, chefs specialize in savory Asian-fusion offerings. They let customers do their own cooking with hot pots filled with flavorful broth, and they whip up wonton soup studded with shrimp and pork—a house favorite. They can even create samplers that feature tiny portions of their bigger dishes, allowing guests to try a range of new foods without posing as a refrigerator auditor.
Jenny Caso won't just pile any fruit atop her freshly baked waffles. At Fruity Waffles, she only uses 100% natural fruits free of artificial flavors and added sugar or preservatives. The diced fruits sweeten waffles alongside ingredients such as Nutella and ice cream, and pepperoni and marinara sauce add a savory flavor to the pizza waffle. When she's not using them as waffle toppings, Jenny assembles fruits into other tasty treats, such as juice, fruit salads, and smoothies. A love of fruit even extends to Fruity Waffles' outdoor seating, where each tabletop is painted like the inside of a watermelon.