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Gambit's 2012 Winter Restaurant Guide: Coffee & Dessert 

ANGELO BROCATO 214 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1465; www.angelobro-catoicecream.com Cucidata is an iced Italian fig cookie. Brocato's is known for house-made cannoli, cookies, Italian lemon ice, spumoni and cassata. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $

BITTERSWEET CONFECTIONS 725 Magazine St., 523-2626; www.bittersweetcon- fections.com This sweet shop bakes muffins, pastries, cinnamon rolls and bagels in-house. King cakes are made with brioche pastry dough and are available with cream cheese or chocolate fillings. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

BLUE DOT DONUTS 4301 Canal St., 218-4866; www.bluedotdonuts.com Blue Dot serves a long list of original donuts with sweet toppings. The maple bacon donut is a maple-glazed long John with bacon sprinkled on top. Red velvet and peanut butter and jelly dunuts are specialties. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

CC'S COFFEEHOUSE Citywide; www.communitycoffee.com This local coffeehouse chain uses its own roasted blends in both hot and iced specialty drinks. There also are gourmet teas and fruit smoothies. Baked goods include muffins, pastries, brownies, scones and bagels. Many locations offer free wireless Internet. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

CAFE DU MONDE Citywide; www.cafedumonde.com Cafe Du Monde keeps it simple with cafe au lait and beignets topped with powdered sugar. The original location on Jackson Square has been open for a century and a half, and there are satellite locations throughout the New Orleans area. Drink options include iced coffee, fountain drinks and orange juice. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Cash only. $

CAFE ROSE NICAUD 632 Frenchmen St., 949-3300; www.caferosenicaud.com The coffeeshop offers coffee drinks, baked goods and a small menu. The jerk chicken wrap is dressed with spring greens, provolone and red onions. Pomegranate salad features spring mix tossed with toasted walnuts, pomegranate seeds, manchego cheese and tamarind vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

CAMPBELL'S COFFEE & TEA 516 S. Tyler St., Covington, (985) 246-6992; www.campbellscoffee.com Specialty coffee drinks include creme brulee latte made with vanilla and caramel, available hot, iced or frozen. The coffeehouse offers Columbia Street Market sandwiches, including tuna salad with cheddar and avocado on wheatberry bread. No reservations. Breakfast Mon.-Sat., lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards and checks. $

CHERRYBERRY FROZEN YOGURT & SHAVED ICE 1901 N. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 231-7606; 1950 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 110, Harvey, 267-4764; 3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 322-2118; www.cherryberryyogurt.com Get finely shaved ice topped with fruit, vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of condensed milk. More than 100 yogurt flavors are rotated, including seasonal choices such as eggnog and cake batter. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

COFFEE RANI 234 Lee Lane, Covington, (985) 893-6158; 3517 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-0560; www.coffeerani.com The cafe tops spinach and artichoke dip with Parmesan and tomatoes and serves it with warm pita chips. The Mediterranean quinoa includes Roma tomatoes, feta, olives, avocado, cucumbers and pita bread on a bed of spring mix greens. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $

COLD STONE CREAMERY 624 S. Carrollton Ave., 218-8900; 1130 S. Clearview Pkwy., Elmwood, 736-5037; www.coldstonecreamery.com The Brownie a la Cold Stone features a warm brownie served with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, pecans and whipped cream. The Birthday Cake Remix combines cake batter ice cream, fudge, rainbow sprinkles and a brownie. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE CREOLE CREAMERY 4924 Prytania St., 894-8680; 6260 Vicksburg St., 482-2924; www.creolecreamery.com Blended with oatmeal cookies and raisins, Steen's molasses oatmeal cookie ice cream uses locally made cane syrup as the centerpiece of its flavor. Winter ale and spicy peanut is flavored with cinnamon, orange zest, ginger and spicy habanero and jalapeno-infused peanuts. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

THE ENGLISH TEA ROOM 734 E. Rutland St., Covington, (985) 898-3988; www.englishtearoom.com The Coronation chicken salad combines chicken, grapes, apples and walnuts in mild curry dressing and can be ordered on a salad or sandwich. The Windsor high tea includes a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, mini-quiches, two mini-cakes, a chocolate-dipped strawberry and fresh baked scones served with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves. Reservations accepted. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $$

FLORA GALLERY & COFFEE SHOP 2600 Royal St., 947-8358 The lamb and beef gyro sandwich fills a pita and is dressed with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. The breakfast special includes three eggs, a choice of meat, potatoes and toast. House-made vegan and vegetarian soups are available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

FROSTBITE FROZEN YOGURT AND TREATS 4700 Freret St., 265-8604; www.frostbiteonfreret.com Frostbite offers signature flavors like the Tahitian vanilla and Valencia orange sorbet swirl and always has low- and non-fat flavors available. Guests also can get a combination of dark chocolate and peanut butter. The toppings bar includes 50 items. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

HAAGEN-DAZS Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., 378-2624; Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., phone n.a.; Riverwalk Marketplace, 1 Poydras St., 523-3566; www.haagen-dazs.com Signature "dazzler" frozen desserts layer three scoops of ice cream and three toppings. The brownies a la mode sundae is topped with hot fudge and caramel. No reservations. Open daily. Credit cards. $

HAYDEL'S BAKERY 4037 Jefferson Hwy., (800) 442-1342; www.haydelbakery.com Haydel's specializes in king cakes, but it also serves other types of cakes, danishes, cookies and pralines. Cajunnoli are canolli shells filled with praline cream cheese and dipped in pecans. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

HEY! CAFE 4332 Magazine St., 891-8682; www.heycafe.biz Order a bagel with lox, dill and cream cheese or try house-made vegan hummus. There also are baked goods. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner daily and late-night Sun.-Fri. Credit cards. $

KUPCAKE FACTORY 800 Metairie Road, Suite Q, Metairie, 267-4990; 819 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 464-8884; 6233 S. Claiborne Ave., 267-3328; www.thekupcakefactory.com The wedding cake cupcake is almond cake with vanilla buttercream and white chocolate sprinkles. The Strawberry Fields ices strawberry cake with strawberry butter cream frosting. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

LA DOLCE NOLA SNACKERY AND GELATERIA 200 Metairie Road, Suite 100, Metairie, 832-1122; www.ladolcenola.com The gelateria offers a long list of original gelato flavors as well as chocolates, candies and king cakes. Flavors rotate daily and may include blood orange and Meyer lemon-basil. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LAUREL STREET BAKERY 5433 Laurel St., 897-0576; www.laurelstreetbakery.com House-made, hand-braided king cake is available in traditional sugar and cinnamon or filled with Bavarian cream, praline, strawberry, apple or cream cheese. On weekends, the artisanal bread selection includes roasted garlic potato, cranberry pecan, Old World rye and seeded honey wheat. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Cash and checks. $

MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY 4201 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite D, Metairie, 887-2167; www.marbleslab.com Chocolate birthday cake and Very Yellow Marshmallow are a couple of popular ice cream flavors. The shop also offers yogurt and sorbet. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

MAURICE FRENCH PASTRIES 3501 Hessmer Ave., Metairie, 885-1526; 4949 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, 455-0830; www.mauricefrench- pastries.com The bakery offers French desserts and classic cakes. The house specialty is the Kugelhopf cake, a European-style bundt cake that comes in seasonal flavors. King cakes are available year round. No reservations. Hessmer Avenue: breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. West Napoleon Avenue: breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$

MOJO COFFEE HOUSE 1500 Magazine St., 525-2244 The Magazine sandwich layers ham, apple and Brie on a choice of seven-grain, tomato-basil, sourdough or rosemary bread. The Race sandwich is filled with ham, turkey and Swiss cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

MORNING CALL 3325 Severn Ave., Metairie, 885-4068  Beignets are made from a 140-year-old sourdough recipe and are sprinkled with powdered sugar. The limited menu of Creole favorites includes jambalaya. No reservations. Open 24 hours daily. Cash only. $

NONNA'S ITALIAN BAKERY & CAFE 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Suite F, Covington, (985) 893-1488; www.nonnaskingcakes.com This bakery prepares iced cinnamon king cakes year round. Eclairs, cannoli, macaroons and donuts also fill the pastry case. No reservations. Breakfast Tue.-Sun., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

ORANGE COUCH 2339 Royal St., 267-7327; www.theorangecouch- coffee.com On Fridays, look for Vietnamese shrimp spring rolls at this coffeeshop. Japanese mochi ice cream encased in rice flour dough comes in lychee, chocolate coconut, pistachio, blueberry and green tea flavors. There also are locally baked vegan pastries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

PJ'S COFFEE OF NEW ORLEANS Citywide; www.pjscoffee.com This locally founded coffeeshop chain offers a full range of coffee drinks, iced concoctions and a variety of baked goods. Some locations serve sandwiches. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

PETITE CUPCAKES & EVENTS 2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 233-3020; www.petite-cupcakes.com Petite Cupcakes offers an array of original flavors. A chocolate banana cake is topped with buttercream frosting, a drizzle of chocolate and a banana chip. The Very Berry Strawberry features vanilla coffee cake, fresh strawberries, cream cheese frosting and strawberry drizzle. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

PINKBERRY 300 Canal St., phone n.a.; 5601 Magazine St., 899-4260; www.pinkberry.com Pinkberry serves its signature tart yogurt with a variety of toppings. The peppermint Pinkberry combines bits of minty bark and drizzled chocolate with its yogurt. Top the blood orange flavor with blood orange pieces and a crisp waffle cookie. No reservations. Canal Street: Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. Magazine Street: lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks. $

PURE YOGURT CULTURE  8108 Hampson St., 864-8108 Original Pure Tart is a custom blend of nonfat, all-natural, kosher-certified yogurt that tastes like Creole cream cheese. The Who Dat mystery flavor is a custom blend with freshly ground taro root. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RED MANGO 70415 Hwy. 21, Covington, (985) 893-0255; www.redmangousa.com Red Mango is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop with four new "classic" flavors, including vanilla bean, milk chocolate, vanilla cookie cream and strawberry milkshake. Toppings include a selection of fruit and candy. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

RUE DE LA COURSE 1140 S. Carrollton Ave., 861-4343 The coffeeshop serves an array of specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, salads and sandwiches. The Mediterranean sandwich features tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and prosciutto with balsamic vinaigrette. Try the egg wrap for breakfast. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

ST. COFFEE 2709 St. Claude Ave., 872-9798 This hip little coffeeshop has a cool interior of repurposed woodwork, strong brew and food from a host of downtown suppliers, including pastries from Shake Sugary, donuts from Alois J. Binder Bakery and empanadas from the Empanada Intifada food truck. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Cash only. $

SHAKE SUGARY 3600 St. Claude Ave., 355-9345; www.shakesugary.com On weekends, this bakery has regulars lining up for fresh cinnamon rolls and muffins, house-made soups and coffee from a local roaster. There's also focaccia bread, quiche and bacon-and-sweet potato biscuits. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $

STILL PERKIN' 2727 Prytania St., 899-0335 The Greek wrap is filled with grilled chicken, hummus, baby spinach, black olives, feta cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. The Asian wrap features chicken, lettuce, carrots and Thai peanut vinaigrette. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. Credit cards. $

SUCRE 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 834-2277; www.shopsucre.com Sucre offers gelato, pastries and assorted sweets. Salted caramel macaroons are part of the New Orleans macaroon collection, which includes flavors like Southern pecan, cafe au lait and bananas Foster. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, late night Fri.-Sat. Credit cards and checks. $

SWEET NOLA CUPCAKES 7901 Earhart Blvd., 309-7109: www.nolasweetcupcakes.com This sweet chop offers a variety of cupcakes including cream cheese-iced red velvet and lemon meringue cakes topped with lemon curd and Italian meringue buttercream. No reservations.Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Cash only. $

TUTTI FRUTTI FROZEN YOGURT Citywide; www.tfyogurt.com Tutti Frutti offers a rotating daily selection of 14 flavors, with options ranging from green tea to vanilla bean. Topping options include candies, chocolate, fruits, sprinkles and more. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

UR WAY AND COFFEE BAR 3001 Tulane Ave., Suite 1A, 304-1556; www.urwaynola.com The cafe offers frozen yogurt and a selection of more than 40 toppings including fruit, nuts, granola, candy and sauces. There also are pastries, cheesecakes, baked goods and a coffee bar serving cappuccino and iced coffee drinks. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

Z'OTZ COFFEEHOUSE 8210 Oak St., 861-2224; www.zotzcafe.com This bohemian coffeehouse serves chai and organic, fair trade coffees as well as a wide variety of teas. The cafe's light fare includes croissants and vegan pastries. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Cash only. $

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