This popular chain's New American menu features a broad array of dishes, from avocado egg rolls and Mexican chicken pizza to Jamaican shrimp and shepherd's pie. However, desserts really steal the show, and it's easy to see why once you've taken a gander at Linda's Fudge Cake, White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, and Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cheesecake. An attractive garden patio offers the perfect setting for a late-afternoon respite, accompanied by gourmet coffee, good conversation, and, of course, one of 40 delectable cheesecakes.
Okay, your sweet tooth is bringing you down – what do you do? Well, people in the know head to this cozy Italian-style cafe, where espressos, cappuccinos, and lattés are the brightest (and most aromatic) stars. Aside from terrific hot beverages, LattéLand also serves a delectable repertoire of fresh-baked pastries, muffins, bagels, and all sorts of sweets. The outdoor patio is a favorite "to be seen" spot where young professionals and students go for light reading and a caffeine fix. Another location, on Jefferson Street (816-931-7577), also serves fruit smoothies, which are great cures for the summer heat.
A city presence for more than 50 years, this chocolate shop and tearoom is acclaimed for its rich, flavorful chocolate candies and a painstakingly crafted selection of decadent pastries. The tearoom offers a changing menu of Swiss fare throughout the week, but coffee, tea, pastries, and, of course, chocolates are available before and after lunch. Confections are perfect to enjoy on-the-spot, or pick up a selection to share with a very lucky somebody. Also open Mondays from Thanksgiving through New Year's.
This combination coffeehouse and theater manages to create a scene, single-handedly. Upstairs, baristas brew cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas for highly-caffeinated patrons to sip as they take advantage of wireless Internet access, admire changing art displays, bop along to live jazz, or indulge in a slice of rich cheesecake. Downstairs in the basement theater, stand-up comics, actors, and musicians hit the stage, providing a diverse lineup of live entertainment. Open late on weekends, the coffeehouse attracts a young, energetic crowd, eager for alternative nightlife.
The espresso shot is elevated to an art form at this Westport coffeehouse. Precise attention to the roasting, grinding, tamping, and extracting of each shot results in consistently excellent espressos. That the cafe easily holds its own against a chain coffee shop next door speaks volumes about the quality of its product. Relatively cheap java with complimentary refills attracts a pleasantly varied crowd that often spills over to lawn chairs outside. If you crave more than just a latte, pop open a Coke in a glass bottle and have a sandwich or pastry.
The familiar red-and-blue awning at this neighborhood shop has come to indicate one thing through the years – superb frozen custard. The cool, eggy treat comes in myriad ways: in sundaes, by the scoop, and in popular "concretes," which feature custard blended with a topping. Preservatives and fillers are no-no's here, so dig freely into flavors like cookie dough crumble, coffee toffee, and berry banana. Decadent toppings include butterscotch, pecans, and black cherries. Dogs are welcome, and a canine-friendly sundae is available.
Inspired by childhood custard memories, this business begun by Jim Sheridan has expanded into multiple states. Even so, it's devoted to the best ingredients and the best manufacturing equipment, and fans heartily approve of such efforts. They do so while digging deep into royal turtle sundaes, mocha almond concretes, and chocolate frozen custard in just-made waffle cones. Lattes, shakes, malts, and smoothies also figure into the picture, as do toppings that range from mango and pretzels to macadamia nuts, raspberries, and Snickers bars. An added plus: take-home pints, quarts, and pies. No onsite dining.