At The Buffalo Cakery, founder and baked goods guru Justina Adams leads a team that exudes not only passion for its work, but passion for its city, as well. Both are on display six days per week, when the shop opens its doors to help satisfy sweets cravings with cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and more. For special events, the shop’s bakers and artists join forces to design personalized centerpieces, with a multitude of cake flavors, fillings, and icings available in a seemingly endless number of cakey combinations.
Sweet Tooth is a bakery devoted to making all of its treats from scratch in-house each day. With a vast panoply of baked goods and desserts to choose from, squealing sweet teeth can be easily sated. Celebrate another year of gravity functioning properly with a dozen chocolate chip cookies ($10), subdue your sour attitude with a slice of lemon pound cake ($2), or pick up a pint of ice cream ($4.90) for an on-the-go frozen fix during your next marathon. Other Sweet Tooth stomach-satisfiers include chocolate cakes ($26+), thick milkshakes ($7.95), and brownies ($2.25 each). Writers weary from all-night conversations with their typewriters can recharge with a large coffee ($1.50), a double cappuccino ($3.50), or a double espresso ($2.75), made with real Italian espresso beans. Step into Sweet Tooth’s quaint quarters and reward yourself for being yourself with a deluge of decadent desserts.
Genga Ponnampalam wanted to make it easier for people to eat healthy food, so after a long stint as a computer programmer, he founded Go Veggies—a vegetarian and vegan outfit that culls local produce and morphs it into hearty dishes, some of which hail from his native Sri Lanka. At farmers markets, grocery stores, and a café space, he and his staff delight taste buds with healthy cuisine that’s good for the environment, like carpooling or bikepooling to work. They also positively impact the community by composting their food waste and recycling their packaging.
Toting a modest selection of chocolate confections and candies, Joseph A. Fowler entered the 1901 Pan American Exposition hoping to plant the seed for a business in his newfound home of Buffalo. The company—founded in 1910—grew with each successive generation, and more than a century later, Fowler's celebrated chocolates continue to placate palates at six New York retail locations. The chocolatier has become synonymous with treats such as milk- and dark-chocolate truffles dubbed truffaloes, as well as sponge candy, which boasts a molasses-like flavor and an initially hard texture that quickly melts in the mouth. Like Count Chocula’s hairpiece, all of Fowler's fine-chocolate treats are crafted from the seeds of the theobroma cacao tree and use up to 60% cocoa solids for a rich cocoa flavor.
Dolci is an Italian dessert bakery dishing up a scrumptious selection of freshly baked cakes, cookies, and breads, in addition to tongue-tingling tarts and a variety of gelato. Sink sweet teeth into a zesty lemon curd cake (8", $31.50) or indulge globetrotting taste buds with mexican chocolate ganache ($11.50 for mini cake) and italian ciabatta bread. Cherry-berry and apple-caramel tarts will curb fruit cravings (9", $20.59), while biscotti packs both a savory crunch and an edible baton for maestros on the go ($11.50 for 1 lb.). Dolci also offers a variety of nature-friendly treats, such as vegan chocolate-chip cookies ($2.75 each). The in-store café lets visitors complement their baked goods with drinks and effusive declarations of love, or skip the sweets for savory soups.
Behind the counter at Ashker’s Juice Bar - Bistro - Gallery, staffers concoct a long list of smoothies, sandwiches, and all-day breakfasts made to be enjoyed in their cozy lounge that doubles as an art gallery and social hub. In the front lounge, padded chairs invite diners to bask in the glow of the sunlight that streams through the eatery’s expansive windows, aiding in the body's natural photosynthesis process. Along the walls, local artists display their masterworks, which mirror the swaths of color often found in the creamy smoothies.