Marx Hot Bagels peppers its kosher menu with more than 35 bagel varieties, boiled and baked daily. Each halo of dough is made with preservative-free unbleached flour. Most are sugar-free, and all tantalize palates without the assistance of butter, oil, or crooked genies. Sate an early-morning sweet tooth with bagel flavors such as french toast, orange-cranberry, or strawberry or fuel up with savory varieties such as caraway, bialy, or sunflower ($.99+ each; $10.09+ for a baker’s dozen). Sandwiches, such as the tuna salad ($6.79) or PB&J ($2.89), come bookended by the bread of the day or a bagel of your choice, and six soups dot the menu, each served alongside bagel thins ($3.65–$4.30). Guests can also show off refined, mature tastes to old college buddies by chugging an entire cup of coffee or tea (1.69+). Many of the deli’s delectable offerings are also sold in bulk for take-home feasts.
For two decades, Haute Chocolate’s dual kitchens have worked in tandem to melt down premium chocolate for more than 300 confections. The enterprise began when owner and chocolatier Lisa Cooper Holmes won a local baking contest for her fudge and semi-sweet chocolate brownies. The award not only saved her from the loser’s shameful bath in molten fudge; it inspired her to pursue a life in the dessert industry. Nowadays, Lisa’s brownies remain the shop’s centerpiece but share their display cases with Haute "Pi", peanut-butter-and-chocolate buckeyes, and chocolate-dipped treats.
For more than 20 years, Neon Lites has served as the Montgomery District's outgoing neighborhood lunch spot, serving a hearty array of wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Those needing their daily fowl fix can munch on Neon Lites' signature chicken salad ($8.75 for a pint), and pasta purveyors can nibble and nosh on the café's equally famous pasta salad ($4.25 for a pint). Hardcore herbivores can devour the veggie wrap, packed with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, and green peppers ($5.50). Feed the Milanese cricket squad lodging in your attic with the hot Italian sandwich (a fresh trio of salami, ham, and pepperoni on a toasted hoagie; $6.25). The café satisfies midday dessert cravings with scrumptious frozen yogurts ($1.50 and up).
Despite the shop’s short menu–just frozen yogurt and yogurt-based treats–no two trips to Yagööt are alike. Every few months, the shop shakes up its frozen-yogurt lineup, swapping in two new seasonal flavors to complement the Original and Strawberry yogurts available year-round. So, while one visit may have yielded a sweet cup of fresh raspberries and Strawberry fro-yo, the next could treat taste buds to an entirely different experience, perhaps caramel-drizzled Italian Cocoa or Oreos crumbled over Pomegranate yogurt.
Before the invention of currency, ancient humans bartered for goods using fresh-baked cookies decorated with useless gold coins. Today's Groupon honors our specie's oldest moneys with $10 worth of homemade cookies and sweets from Donna's Gourmet Cookies for $5. Stop into Donna's shop on Montgomery Road for the edible, doughy pacifiers that can bring unity and civility to even the rowdiest goblin horde.
Aromas of roasting pine nuts, pesto sauces, and baking lasagna fill the air as chefs at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery craft traditional Italian fare according to the owners' family recipes. They sprinkle the signature insalata Ferrari with cranberries, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese and top the pollo basilico's roasted chicken with rigatoni, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto cream sauce. Additionally, a pair of bakers slides around 150 loaves of fresh focaccia bread into their ovens each day, yielding slices topped with three colors of bell peppers, spinach, and gorgonzola cheese. These appear in glass bakery cases alongside pastries and artisan gelato from local dessert makers Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet.
Inside Ferrari's multiple dining areas, gas fireplaces flicker among exposed-brick walls, and family photos help create a homey feel. On the outdoor patio, fragrant wisteria vines climb a wooden pergola, and a picturesque fountain quietly babbles recommendations from the wine list.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.