Delicious: Summer treats

Café Silva's fresh baked treats paired with a specialty coffee. Photo by Mark Davis

Tucked in a business strip at the southwest corner of Greenville and Royal, Café Silva is a gem in the rough. You don’t really notice that it is in a sublime location until you get inside and take in the view of the adjacent park, trail and golf course. It is the treats behind the counter and the family behind the business, however, that really make this place sparkle. Masoom and Suraiya Khan opened Café Silva, named for their 2-year-old daughter Nurah Silva Khan, a little over a year ago. Suraiya left a job in fashion to take up baking. “My sister is a chef, so I get some inspiration from her,” she says, “but I really bake what I think I would like to eat.” Some of those goods include the café’s signature Monkey Muffin or the just-in-for-spring lavender lemon cookie. While they specialize in coffees from various regions, the Khans dabble in tea and cold drinks, especially for thirsty fresh-off-the-trail cyclists and hikers. For instance, the uber-refreshing lychee jasmine green tea on ice is a godsend on a sizzling summer day. The glove amaranth flower garnish is very mild, Suraiya says, and adds a rosy hue.

Silva specializes in coffees from around the globe. Photo by Mark Davis

Café Silva
8499 Greenville

Ambiance: Parkside, peaceful

Price range: $3-$10

Tip: Light-colored coffee contains more caffeine than dark or “bold” java .


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1 White Rock Coffee

Any of your favorite White Rock coffees can be served ice cold, but you knew that. Summer is also the perfect time to sample the shop’s selection of frozen smoothies featuring the likes of Orange Cream Dream, Key Lime Pie, Vanilla Bean Crème and 20° Below Hot Chocolate.
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2 FreshBerry

This yogurt-and-more store in The Shops at Park Lane offers tasty, low-fat refreshment, including the unique Fresh Pop, made with fresh fruit and weighing in at less than 100 calories.
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3 TC Shaved Ice

Summers in Texas are tough. This little Garland Road drive-thru shack makes ‘em bearable. Opt for a good old-fashioned syrupy sno cone, or try the knockout, a sno cone with a scoop of ice cream on top and bottom.
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