McCoffee / M Coffee was better in the late 80s through the 90s- their food items were better, and their employees were friendlier than they have been in recent years. That said, they are well-situated on the main drag, have reasonable prices, and the building is cute. I still take time to go in when I travel to that area.
As you probably guessed, we are big fans of the cappuccino fudge cheesecake. Reasonable prices, good coffee, good desserts, and nice, central location in town. Nice atmosphere. Biggest con: need more bathrooms!
Yumi Yogurt has gotten pricey in the last few years or I would give 5 stars. They have the best peanut butter yogurt I have ever had, and the Millbrae store is usually a bit friendlier than my favorite store (Redwood City).
Although the Yumi Yogurt on El Camino Real in Redwood City is our favorite, the peannut butter is the same at all Yumi Yogurts, and it is the best peanut butter frozen yogurt we have ever eaten. They have gotten pricey in the last few years or I would have givven 5 stars, but they still have probably the best frozen yogurt overall anywhere ever. Tiramisu and Oreo cookies are also tasty, and the toppings selections is good.
Wonderful store with a lot of largely natural products. Soaps smell great, clean great. If you like chocolate, there are several kinds of chocolate soap and other body prodcuts. For a gourmet / specialty type of store, their prices aren't too bad, and they believe in samples. ;) If you haven't been before, try the hot chocolate soap, the peppermint twist soap, or the goats in the chocolate soap. Also any of the "milk" bath melts, fizzes, etc. Employees are very friendly and helpful.
Lush is a wonderful collection of products that are largely natural, vegan, organic, or some combination thereof. Some of their stuff smells a little funny, but don't let that put you off, because it works GREAT. If you haven't been before, try Buffy, or one of 3 lickable massage bars. A couple of warnings: LUSH is highly addictive, as well as expensive. The Union St. store is probably a bit bigger than the Powell St. store, and there is a lot of other good food and shopping nearby. Last note-- ask for samples to take home! ;)
Only been once (a week ago), but the chocolate cupcake my daughter got was extremely dry, and not all that flavorful, either. On the plus side, they do special orders for red velvet cake-- it is hard to find a place around the city that makes it, and when they do, it's usually a specialty shop and prohibitively expensive. For that reason, I still give them an okay rating.
The chocolate at this place is awesome- it's tasty, it's beautiful, and the selection is incredible and varied, but it really is quite pricey, which is the only reason it does not receive a full 5 stars. If you've never been before, try the "Diamanti"-- milk or dark chocolate hazelnut treats in brightly-colored foil.
Woodside Deli has an awesome selection of meats, cheeses, sweets, and other goodies. They're a great one-stop shop for creating appetizer trays and the like for parties. It has the wonderful, warm atmosphere of a family-run establishment, and since we've been going there for so many years, they recognize us and we exchange news about family, kids, etc. Their food is so good that when we made a sandwich for company they couldn't believe it was "home made" and said it was better than Subway or Quiznos! If you're a fan of the hard-to-find Baci candy, the Italian Deli carries it, too. If you've never been there before, you must try their imported prosciutto-- it's delicious!
Cottonwood Vet Clinic can be pricy for some services, but they provide very good care and are very reasonable for other services, such as board and vet care if you have to be out of town and have an ill animal. Dr. Grey is the only remaining vet with whom we have extensive experience, and he is an excellent and compassionate vet. One thing we like about their office is that they are well-rounded-- we can take dog, care, equine, and sheep all to one place, and their standard of care seems equal for all species mentioned; some vets there is a marked difference depending on the type of animal. They are also pretty good about taking the time to answer questions, speak to you in plain English, and make sure you understand care / medicine directions for your animals.