Oooh So Sweet Cakery and Cupcakery helps patrons celebrate special occasions and spoil their dinners with a smorgasbord of handmade cake pops, cupcakes, multi-layered cakes, and towering wedding creations. As the shop's flagship menu item, cupcakes are whipped up in more than 30 different flavors—from classics such as vanilla and strawberry to inventive creations such as maple bacon or chocolate salted caramel. The store itself resembles a frosting-covered dessert, with candy-pink walls accented with cloud-white moulding, forming the perfect backdrop for glass cases full of freshly made cookies, cupcakes, and confections.
Situated in historic Mt. Vernon, Sweet Bakery Baltimore bakes up daily delights of sweet-tooth satiation, seen in the city’s finest hotels and on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Piping-hot sweet-treat selections include the perennial favorite morning buns—croissant dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar and baked in a muffin cup, similar to the process of primping beauty-pageant contestants ($2.75). Nearly 20 varieties of pie assemble for duty in a spectrum of fruit flavors, including apple crumb ($17.95), pumpkin ($17.95), strawberry rhubarb ($20.95), and blackberry peach ($20.95). Or sample the selection of croissants, served traditionally ($2), glazed in chocolate ($2.25), or pinned together with toothpicks to resemble the Arc de Triomphe. Meanwhile, simple and dressy cupcakes ($2–$2.50) jostle for shelf space beside classic sugar-purveyors such as cookies ($0.60 each, or two for $1), muffins ($2.75), and danishes ($2).
A coffee shop is a great place to get work done without being actively social but still feeling completely social. Use today's Groupon to be productive in the comfort of the crowd instead of alone at home. For $10, you get $20 toward anything edible and drinkable (does not include intangibly consumable events) at Peace & A Cup of Joe. You can snag up to three Groupons, which will be converted into gift cards the first time you head into the quaint, independent shop. These will act just as regular gift cards act, with composure and class. Groupons are also good toward daily specials.
Midnite Confection’s mother-and-son chefs slather delectable toppings on a menu of petite sweet-tooth satisfiers. Six varieties of signature cupcakes compete for dessert domination, loaded with rich, frosting-capped flavor. Bourbon madagascar vanilla invades the Eclipse and Full Moon flavors, and the Black Velvet's cocoa and cream cheese frosting and Sublime-inal's lemon-flavored cake and lime frosting make jealous Christmas fruitcakes overcompensate by working on Flag Day. The Midnite variety tempts recovering chocoholics with its chocolate buttercream frosting and chocolate-chip cream-cheese center. Meanwhile, the carrot-cake-style Playboy, made with organic carrots, a dash of pineapple, a secret storm of spices, and fluffy frosting, plants veggie-augmented sweetness in fertile stomach gardens.
At four stories tall, XS has plenty of room for surprises. Modern art hangs from the exposed brick walls in the deceptively large industrial building, where giant silver tubes stretch from hardwood floor to lofted ceiling and a sleek room with red-leather wall panels awaits discovery. On the ground floor, waiters weave around the wrought-iron staircase and stainless-steel tables bearing platters piled with sushi and Japanese fusion cuisine.
Every morning, these platters hoist breakfast items, including french-toast variations, goodie-stuffed omelets, and smoked salmon. By night, they carry stuffed maki rolls, kobe-beef burgers, and sweet-thai-chili tuna, as well as handcrafted cocktails. Nighttime is also when DJs spin hits, making for a combination nightclub-restaurant to rival CBGB’s, which of course stood for Consume Bacon, Get Bizzay.
Sorso's menu features a variety of tasty Italian treats that will teach even the crudest of stomach growls to elegantly roll their r's. Start your morning right with a swift sip of organic espresso ($1.65), a creamy cappuccino ($3.35 for 16 oz.), or an icy frappe ($4.25 for 20 oz.). Sorso Cafe serves only Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. coffee, a company committed to quality and eco-friendly production practices. Calm your caffeine jitters with a hearty breakfast sandwich ($3.55), a refreshing yogurt and granola cup ($3.95), or one of Sorso's sweet pastries ($1.45–$1.95).