Coffee & Treats in Keswick

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830 West 36th Street
Baltimore,
MD
US

Cake craftswoman Cynthia adds a sweet, artful touch to weddings, birthday parties, and events with custom cakes pulled fresh from her oven and wildly creative imagination. She sifts, mixes, and ices one-of-a-kind confectionery marvels—in chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet—to each client’s specifications. No two creations look the same, and each custom goody pushes her ingenuity as she achieves such unlikely designs as a Chucky doll, Nikon camera, or motorcycle. Traditional tiered cakes further demonstrate Cynthia’s artistry and attention to detail with precisely crafted flowers, lace, and filigree fit for the Queen of England’s midnight snack.

840 West 36th Street
Baltimore,
MD
US

The skilled bakers at KoDee Cakes specialize in one-of-a-kind cakes and cupcakes, which they make by hand using fresh ingredients. Bakers make exact replicas of your parents' wedding cake for an anniversary, or cartoon characters made from fondant and flour for when Huckleberry Hound is elected president. The bakers are also happy to accommodate diet requests, including vegan, gluten-free, and fresh fruit options.

But it doesn't stop there at just cakes: they also craft cookies, pies, cobblers, and cupcakes in flavors such as snickerdoodle, almond raspberry, banana foster, death by chocolate, butterscotch, and salted caramel. There's even savory fare available, such as bread fresh from the oven, sandwiches, and specially made dinners such as shrimp and grits.

822 West 36th Street
Baltimore,
MD
US

Inside Cafe Hon, bright yellow walls, blue-green trim, a 30-foot flamingo, and an Elvis statue greet and entertain diners as they contemplate home-cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Leopard-print booths and dinette sets lay the stage for a sweet and salty breakfast of two buttermilk pancakes and bacon ($4.99), while teacup chandeliers provide diners with excellent views of Bawlmers' best burgers ($7.99-$9.99), and homemade chili ($4.99). Night-eaters can sink their nighty teeth into the fried chicken ($12.99) on Tuesday while the "Much Better than Mom's" meatloaf ($12.99) provides hearty sustenance all week long. There are also salads, sandwiches, and the Maryland-style lump crab cake platter ($18.99 for one cake, $27.99 for two). Graze sweeter mouth-pastures with the bread pudding, a noteworthy Cafe Hon creation.

1002 W 36th St
Baltimore,
MD
US

The skilled confectioners at Mary Sue Candies have been quelling the cries of Maryland’s sweet teeth with handmade, preservative-free treats since 1948. For starters, feast on strips of almond bark ($15.50 for 16 oz.) harvested from the nation’s oldest bonbon forests, or let teeth saw through the nutty crust of a pecan nougat log ($2.49 for 3 oz.) to free the nougaty nature-spirits imprisoned inside. Alternately, the handmade salt water taffy ($4.99 for 16 oz.) whisks tongues away on a sugar-laced seaside sojourn, while a 16-ounce box of nuts and chews chocolates ($15.90) lets mouths practice athletic jawrobics on Mary Sue’s most popular caramels and clusters.

1786 Union Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US

Whether seated on a patio overlooking stretches of grass or within a cozy dining room aglow with hanging lights, guests at Donna’s are treated to an array of tasty, upscale American dishes. The menu boasts a selection that changes weekly and may include quinoa and homemade falafel, five-spice ribs, salmon on cold noodles, or homemade tacos. From the expansive wine lists, guests select a glass of dry sparkling prosecco to pair with pizza or calamari or sip a seasonal cocktail such as the pineapple caipirinha. In addition to crafting delicious meals, the team at Donna’s offers cooking classes, during which they bake rustic breads, make pastas by hand, and quiet the melodramatic death throes of Italian vegetables.

5100 Falls Road
Baltimore,
MD
US