At Sweet Ecstasy Bakery, mother-daughters trio Tonisha, Carla, and Jean whip up personalized sweet treats for all occasions. Scones, seasonal cookies, and quick breads fulfill day-to-day sugar needs, and more than a dozen varieties of miniature cakes and cheesecakes fit handily into mouths and slingshots. The confectionery conquistadors also aim their spatulas at multilayered cakes for special occasions. Though requesting a full-scale fondant replica of the Hubble telescope is not advisable, bakers are happy to customize desserts to suit gluten-free and sugar-free palates.
Songs from the 1940s drift through the air inside Taste, a café whose hip, inviting interior is illuminated by lights salvaged from old factories and whose exterior is adorned with a steaming coffee cup statue. At a counter crafted from a repurposed bowling lane, baristas take orders for fragrant ciders and teas, steamy mochas, and dishes such as tiramisu french toast with mascarpone-espresso cream. Guests can also munch on gourmet sandwiches layered with smoked meats and cheeses or fresh tuna salad or order s'mores to prepare at their own tables.
Two classic American dessert institutions join dulcet forces at Dairy Queen and Orange Julius, where frozen treats, and fruit drinks attack palates with a one-two punch of comforting delight. Classic Blizzards swirl in all manner of candy combinations, whereas the Orange Julius revels in the decadent simplicity of citrus.
Winners of the 2011 People's Choice Award at the Taste of Lockport, the family-owned-and-operated Sweet Sixteen Cafe keeps home ovens idle by supplying dessert devotees with fresh, homemade pastries, cookies, and signature cakes. Whether celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or a state-wide ban on silverware, cake pops provide a stick-based treat ideal for portable snacking. The moist morsels come in a variety of signature flavors, such as red velvet embraced by fluffy cream-cheese icing, decadently doubled double chocolate fudge, and the birthday-cake-flavored creamsicle.
The staff at Sweet Melody's Authentic Italian Gelateria is largely made up of college students studying music or voice who are apt to leap from behind the counter and serenade patrons at any moment. Sweet Melody's also makes tasty music with its menu. Fresh mozzarella and fire-roasted tomatoes sing without amplification in the A Cappella Panino ($6.95). The Stacatto Panino ($6.95) attacks each note with a fervor, powered by dijon mustard and then supplemented by ham, asiago cheese, and basil leaves. Play the small-size gelato—the piccolo ($3.25)—with your choice of Sweet Melody's two-dozen weekly flavors. Bigger sizes range from $3.95–$4.95.
The Ravioli Shop's founder, Bill Kenney, feels so much pride in his store’s fresh-made products that if he notices a customer holding an odd pairing of ravioli and sauce, he’ll tactfully and enthusiastically suggest a swap. The rest of the team demonstrates the same dedication to furnishing excellent meals, guiding patrons through a dozen ravioli varieties and five regular sauces with personal advice, a handy online chart, and the ability to decipher the true desires of growling stomachs.
Staffers might recommend pairing their seasonal pumpkin ravioli with a sage and brown-butter sauce or perhaps their decadent lobster ravioli with vodka-cream sauce made with slow-pasteurized cream from a local dairy. In addition to pasta, the staff also bakes fresh bread daily, crafting semolina loaves, baguettes, and six varieties of focaccia early each morning. All ravioli, sauces, and breads are made from scratch, with 100% durum flour and fresh eggs infusing each sheet of pasta and roasted veggies and fresh-ground cheeses providing soft pockets of filling.