Voted Best Cakes in 2009 by CityVoter Albany, The Cakery bakes a kaleidoscope of aromatic cakes, cupcakes, and cookies from scratch. Sink sweet teeth into a dozen of The Cakery's highly-sought-after red-velvet cupcakes cloaked in a palate-friendly frosting ($14.99), or curb cacao cravings with decadent chocolate cupcakes ($8.99/doz.). Celebrate April Drool's Day with a cake ($30.99+) made with your choice of cookie, ice-cream, Frisbee, or classic cake. The Cakery bakes a water tower's worth of cookies ($5.75+/doz.) each day that range from melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies to delicious thumbprint cookies that are as bold as the passive-aggressive note left on the company refrigerator.
A newly opened eatery, Nana’s tricks taste buds into thinking it’s summer year-round with a selection of scoopable frozen treats, predessert sandwich snacks, and an afternoon pizza buffet. Ergonomically designed to fit hands, Nana’s sandwiches ($5.25–$6.75) range from a scrumptious roast beef to a tasty pimiento cheese. At 11 a.m. each day, a hidden wall switch is activated, and floor panels flip to reveal an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet ($6.99), which disappears again at 2 p.m. as if it was a hunger-induced mirage. Ice cream cones ($2–$2.75) leave extra hands free for high-fives and brain-freeze massages. Triple scoops board a sunny kayak in the banana split ($4.50), and hand-dipped milkshakes round out the meltables ($3.25). Outdoor seating provides a sugar-crash pad, where the hyper-connected can take advantage of complimentary WiFi to update their online status with a string of satisfied ZzzZzzs.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At MaggieMoo’s, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and mini-marshmallows. Prices range from $2.79 to $4.89 for a cup or cone, $5.99 for a pint, and $7.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($8.95 per 4-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes (prices vary based on customization) on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Maggie's Mud and Chocolate Heaven, and are available in 6-inch, 8-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, creamy mango, and mocha coffee smoothies, whereas ice-cream pizzas topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Dairy Queen offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. The signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies and other flavor options blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($3.59 for a medium). The waffle-bowl sundae slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge for an appealingly layered delight ($3.95), and the milkshake puts spoons to shame with its refreshing strawability ($2.59 for a medium). Hungry bellies can cry out for a crispy onion BBQ grillburger ($3.49) or a footlong hot dog slathered with chili and cheese ($2.69). Vegetarian-minded customers can nibble on a tossed salad ($1.39) or sneak onion rings ($1.39) while everyone else looks for the tofu cookie on the ceiling. With a variety of meal options, grilled delectables offer appetites savory samplings worthy of being referred to as the dessert that comes before dessert.
Named one of the best local markets by Georgia Family Magazine, Lane Southern Orchards cossets juicy treats with loving attention and proper hydration. A sprawling sea of strawberry plants blankets numerous acres of Lane Southern Orchards' grounds, sprouting sanguine offspring ready to be plucked by roving customers, ferried home, and given playful nicknames. Pick-your-own outings allow customers of all ages to forage into the horticultural unknown, bucket in tow, in search of perfectly plump and ripe natural delicacies. Towering deciduous gatekeepers flank the fields, engendering a feeling of being whisked away to a private fruit-filled paradise far from the outside world's petty demands and snootily-worded subpoenas.
Stevi B’s pizza-crafting professionals toss together hand-made dough, original sauce, 100% real cheese, and fresh, hand-selected ingredients to construct traditional and anomalous pies within a festive buffet setting. Ogle the menu before lining plates with handmade bread sticks and slices from specialty pies, such as the bacon-sprinkled loaded baked potato pizza ($6.99–$8.99 for carryout) or the mac ‘n’ cheese pizza ($6.99–$8.99 for carryout), a culinary fusion of alfredo sauce and elbow noodles that invoke childhood memories of singing about Yankee Doodle Dandy's mistake of sticking a blue box in his hat and calling it an authentic pasta dinner. Stevi B's dough-slingers will also custom craft your choice of pizza toppings. The smorgasbord of cuisine allows guests to choose from a bevy of regular round, crusted fare, a salad bar, and a slew of dessert pizzas that includes chocolate bavarian cream and apple crisp ($4.99–$6.99 for carryout). Buffet prices typically range from $3.59 for kids to $5.99 for adults, not including drinks ($1.59–$1.99).