Wife-and-husband team Theresa and Deward Ray whip up fresh, inventive handheld daily cakes from scratch, and authentic, made-to-order savory crêpes. Cross cultural borders with the Caprese crêpe, or practice conversational French with the chicken cordon bleu, a broad plateau of chicken, ham, and swiss cheese topped with a mornay sauce and wrapped in a crêpe as tight as the bond between a rubber band and its ball. Sink sweet teeth into classic cupcake flavors like red velvet, salted caramel, vanilla, or chocolate, or test out daily rotating cupcake flavors such as white-chocolate almond cupcakes on Thursdays, Kahlua and crème cupcakes on Tuesdays, and maple bacon on Saturdays.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($3.73–$5.61) or blend into shakes ($6.38) and smoothies ($6.38) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.38). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($4.73-$7.12), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($6.38), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
At Wild Duck Cafe, good-timers trundle up to the dockside tiki bar to cheer a juggernautical parade of Baltimore specialties and near-daily entertainment. The menu boasts exotic starters such as the crab pretzel, a soft dough knot lurking beneath a canopy of crab dip and shredded cheddar, or the alligator bites, designed to bestow Captain Hook with the chipotle-ranch flavor of vengeance. Tuck into a main course of dish-dominating jumbo crab cake or elegantly sautéed beef tips in white-wine-garlic sauce. This riverside restaurant allows outdoorsy diners an alternative to terrestrial transport, with a 300-foot dock accessible by sailboat or pet beluga.
Catherine's Flowers & Gifts has been enlivening events and illuminating living rooms with fresh floral arrangements for more than 60 years. The professional on-staff designers excel at creating both traditional and contemporary styles. Colorful storefront window displays dazzle passersby with vibrant arrangements, such as the Make A Wish, a multichromatic mélange of yellow daisy spray chrysanthemums, purple matsumoto asters, and and hot pink miniature carnations ($35). Yellow roses, red miniature gerberas, and purple statice in the Garden Parade arrangement say "I love you" or "I'm a big fan of pollination" ($50). Though not included with this deal, Catherine's makes direct deliveries to more than 80 zip codes in the area.
The confectioners at MB Sweets and Treats spruce up parties, weddings, or everyday meals with homemade truffles, cookies, tiered cakes, and cupcakes. Dozens of flavors of cupcakes treat tongues to delicacies such as Madagascar-bourbon-vanilla cake and strawberry-jelly-filled cupcakes with peanut-butter frosting. The bakers can customize larger cakes with personal greetings for birthdays or productivity spreadsheets for annual performance reviews.
Of all of New York’s exports, perhaps one of the most ubiquitous is the New York–style bagel. In the early 20th century, a Polish immigrant named Isador Goldberg came to New York and brought his own recipe for this classic baked good with him, and it’s in his honor that the owners of Goldberg’s New York Bagels decided to name their shop. The Zagat-rated bakers still use Goldberg’s original recipe, assembling ingredients from scratch, boiling the halos of dough, and finally baking them to give each bagel the perfect crunch that pairs well with a schmear of cream cheese or a layer of lox. Though the bagels come in a range of sweet and savory flavors, all of them are kosher-certified and easily pair with other breakfast items such as omelets, four flavors of blintzes, and waffles. The shop opens at 7 a.m. to serve both breakfast and lunch all day, allowing clients to stock up on staples such as sandwiches, frozen yogurt, or salad-bar selections all day long.
Each day, the Timonium and Frederick branches brew eight different types of coffee (Annapolis brews six per day), mining from the Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company's coffee reserve, a treasure trove of around 120 different varieties of beans (full pounds start at $11.90). Types of coffee ($1.60 for 12 oz.) are offered on a rotating basis, with flavors such as coconut cream and pumpkin spice introducing new aromas to bored taste buds, as well as Swiss Water–decaffeinated varieties for those that love the taste of coffee but find themselves inadvertently building a shrine to Grease after two cups of regular joe. Introduce yourself to the well-crafted wares of Mother Earth with a cup of tea ($1.95 for 20 oz.)—the shop features more than 1,000 kinds of leaves for consumption—or go full throttle with a ribbon of 20 Eastern Shore tea bags (starting at $4.75) in more than 100 flavors. Try the fresh baked muffins ($2.25–$2.75 each), Italian gelato ($3.25, small; $4.50, large), bagels ($1.50; $0.75 extra for regular cream cheese), and other delicious pastries. Prices may vary by location.