Alicia Eisenmann fell in love with cake decorating while attending Kendall College, and she now focuses that interest on running Delish Cakes. She and her staff churn out custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for every occasion, from baby showers and quinceañeras to weddings and anniversaries. Based on your ideas, they craft sweets from flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, and pistachio, stuffing them with fresh raspberries, crushed pineapple, vanilla mousse, or lemon curd; among the available finishings are fondant, whipped cream, and chocolate buttercream. In compliance with the 27th Amendment, the team discloses cupcake-making knowledge during onsite classes and parties.
The artists in the kitchen at Delicity Cakes build landscapes and sculptures out of flour, butter, and sugar, making tropical paradises, ribbon-strewn towers, and bassinet replicas to help customers celebrate a range of occasions. The team aims to enhance events with detailed visuals, although the impressive imagery shouldn't prevent guests from cutting in, as the custom multilayered cakes feature tasty flavor combinations such as yellow cake with mango curd and strawberry mousse. Cakes can come with fondant icing or be shrunken down with a laser and renamed cupcakes. The bakery also slings specialty cookies and pastries.
Open 24 hours, County Donuts serves freshly baked donuts for early risers, night owls, and ravenous moonbeams. Pick up delectable orbs such as the powdered Bavarian and black raspberry jelly, as well as hand-cut cake donuts, like chocolate glazed, buttercrunch, and cider. Grab one donut ($.89), a half-dozen ($4.75), or a dozen ($6.99), which is the ideal amount for sharing or stuffing a small sofa. County Donuts also bakes specialty treats, such as cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, muffins ($1.39), and daily baked bagels ($1.09).
Owned and operated by longtime Carol Stream entrepreneur Sindy Rogers, Manhattan's gives customers a place to relax and enjoy classic American specialties. The menu includes classics of the American kitchen such as beef stew ($10.99, $8.99 for seniors), as well as inventive takes on old standbys such as the Flaming burger—8-ounces of angus beef steak burger topped with saganaki cheese and lit on fire table-side, much to the delight of carnivorous pyromaniacs ($11.99). The restaurant itself is handsomely outfitted with wood paneling, featuring a large dining room and full bar with several flat-screen TVs hanging majestically above it like so many twinkling stars in the depths of the firmament.