Ground Control at Verrado's founders, Sean and Tara, infuse the eatery’s casual atmosphere with a European vibe, plating a menu of gastropub delights that match with their 18 draft brews. During dinner, cherrywood bacon sneaks into creamy mac 'n' cheese ($9), beer-battered cod cozies up to hand-cut fries and homemade tartar sauce in the fish & chips ($12), and a medium-rare Angus burger ($10) tests jaw limits. Lunch promises leafy salads and packed sandwiches such as the Cowboy, loaded with layers of roast beef, bacon, sharp cheddar, grilled onions, and special sauce ($7.95). Ground Control’s kitchen also churns out egg-centric breakfasts, including huevos rancheros, two fried eggs in a bog of cheddar, beans, and tortillas ($8). Whether sipping a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale ($5) or cooling sweaty forearms against a creamy cup of gelato, diners can drink in fresh breezes on the outdoor patio. Inside, exposed-brick walls surround tables flanked by black leather chairs in an inviting and energetic loft-like atmosphere.
He spots her from across the room; a mask-clad enigma. Fellow partygoers wink in and out of focus as a strobe light pulses and he draws closer. Finally, he tears away the mask to reveal … a single tier of chocolate cake. Inspired by eccentric songstress Lady Gaga and topped with a mask ripped straight from the music video, Cakepop Couture's Poker Face cake is a prime example of the over-the-top confections that get owners Nicole and Chris's creativity flowing and partygoers hitting on inanimate objects. The cake exudes a signature flair shared by each of the shop’s cake pops.
Infused with flavors that range from traditional chocolate and red velvet to snickerdoodle and key lime pie, each dessert is baked and decorated to-order.
At Bake Me a Cake Supply & Decorating, bakers and cake-makers can find all the supplies needed to create a birthday-party showstopper. The store’s stock of decorating tools includes icing bags with tips in hard-to-find shapes as well as toppers and edible glitter. The staff also hosts cake-decorating parties in the lavender gathering room, where kids learn how to adorn small cakes or cupcakes with flowers and fondant.
Though she focused her early life on becoming a classically trained musician, Leiticia Rice also dabbled in airbrushing and painting at a young age. It wasn't until a birthday party in 2012, however, that she thought to channel her talent for visual art into cakes. As she faced rapidly increasing demands for her unorthodox pastries, she founded Ritzy Cakes—where today, she and her staff make cookies and cake-based treats with a focus on bold colors, quirky imagery, and accurate maps of long-lost treasures.
Leiticia tops cookies with marshmallow fondant and fondant characters, and forms red-velvet, chocolate-fudge, french-vanilla, and yellow cake pops into a range of shapes and sizes. Her most popular baked goods are her cakes, in which she blends her own imagination with the ancient symbols of the Antoinettes, a French cake-worship cult. Using 14 cake flavors—such as chocolate fudge, cream cheese, and peanut-butter fudge—she crafts multilayer confections in shapes such as silver shoes, gilded skulls, masquerade masks, and flower-covered gardens.