Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
The bakers at Parker's Place can whip up elaborately designed cakes and more than 20 different flavors of cheesecake. But you don't have to order ahead via shout to sample their sweet wares. The eatery keeps a collection of cookies, cupcakes, and other baked goods in stock and on display. You can pair sweets with coffee, breakfast dishes such as pancakes and omelets, or lunch plates like BLTs or salads.
Beneath an ice-cream cone cocked at a jaunty angle, Aimee’s Drive In dispenses handheld American staples. Whether out on the patio seating, or at the wheels of their cars, visitors enjoy treats such as shakes, sundaes, and cones. From the grill emerges a menu of burgers, hot dogs, and charbroiled nostalgia.
Each day at BabyCakes Cupcakes at Mack's Bakery, the 12 cupcake flavors are different from the day before. These flavors are inventive plays on the expected, such as the Campfire S'mores, a double-chocolate cupcake with a graham-cracker crust and marshmallow frosting, or the Cup of Cocoa, topped with toasted marshmallows and perfect for people who don't want to drink their cocoa or freeze it into a slab. Although it started as a cupcake-only bakery, the staff has extended its offerings to include scones, cakes, donuts, and cookies.
Party planners at Maximum Events specialize in decking out dessert tables in delicious sweets personalized with eye-pleasing icing. A changing selection of cupcakes may include such tasty classics such as vanilla cake with buttercream frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Unlike black velvet, which makes for a great bathrobe but tastes like fabric, the red-velvet cupcake makes for a poor bathrobe but delights diners with a rich red crumb and a velvety cap of cream cheese. Selecting a variety of inventive flavors such as the raspberry champagne or coconut-pineapple meringue treats taste buds to sweetness and the best kind of spice—variety.