Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream, which is made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its superpremium quality as it glides over taste buds. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as cake batter and cotton candy ($3.89–$4.49 for ice cream only). Each serving generously welcomes dozens of mix-in toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as peanut-butter cups, waffle-cone pieces, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets ($4.79–$5.39 for ice cream with one mix-in; $0.79 for each additional mix-in). The Frankencream you desire will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl.
Loic Barnieu, the executive chef at La Belle Epoque, entertains taste buds of all types with authentic French cuisine for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Dormant appetites awaken to sizzling soupe a l'oignon, the chef's adaptation of french onion soup blended with swiss cheese and gratin toast. Tempting entrees fill the expansive lunch menu, such as the delectable french dip, stuffed with thinly sliced roast beef and served with a side of au jus for dipping or dabbing on as cologne. Savory La St. Jacques crêpes warmly envelop pan-seared scallops, prepared in the Brittany tradition with buckwheat flour and a leek-sauce reduction.
Stephanie, founder of Stephanie’s Sweet Imaginations, combines her love for the arts with her love for baking when she crafts custom cakes. Though she specializes in coating layers of cake with smooth fondant and hand-painted designs, Stephanie also bakes cupcakes crowned with buttercream and candies.
Using ingredients from local farms, trees, and cows, the consummate confectionery creators at SophistiCakes bake an extensive menu of custom cakes, cupcakes, and quick-disappearing cookies that look as good as they taste. Savor the family-owned sweetery’s traditional cupcake flavors ($2.50 per cupcake, and $30 for one dozen)—such as red velvet, lemon drop, and triple chocolate chip—on a daily basis; or send a gastronomical love letter to a lonely stomach with specialty flavors, such as the taste-bud-tingling hummingbird cupcake—a moist cake of vanilla, pineapple, and pecans topped with buttercream icing.
The titular baker of Allison's Cups and Cakes molds red velvet, carrot, or other cake flavors into custom confections bedecked in bright fondant. From specialty cakes shaped like Princess Belle to novelty confections that mimic Louis Vuitton purses, her unique sweets add humor and color to the tables of birthday gatherings or wedding receptions. Rich buttercream frosting tops dainty cupcakes for a finishing touch or slips between layers of cake to break up fights over which one is moister.
Pudding Lane sweetens palates with fresh, gourmet pudding capped with creative toppings. Classic creamy flavors such as chocolate, tapioca, and rice settle smoothly onto spoons ($2.99/kids; $3.89/medium; $4.79/large). Pumpkin and maple-rice puddings impart tongues with autumnal seasoning, and fruity flavors such as peach, strawberry, and pineapple stir up sweet summertime memories of working as a migrant fruit picker. Toppings such as seasonal berries, mini marshmallows, and nuts crest each bite of goopy goodness ($0.59–$1.29). Pudding Lane also supplies cookies ($1.99), muffins ($1.99), cakes ($1.99), and fruit ($0.99) to sate those looking for a more solid bite.
Warm aromas spill from Great Harvest Bread Co.’s bakery, as artisanal bakers craft whole-grain bread from Montana's hard red spring wheat that is stone ground each morning. They pack each loaf with hearty protein and nutrients, keeping the recipes as simple as possible to maintain the rich wheat flavor. In addition to their standard honey-whole-wheat loaves, the bakers create a variety of treats, including rosemary-garlic loaves, cinnamon pull-aparts, and asiago-pesto loaves. They also transform the bread into sandwiches, pairing the whole wheat with freshly sliced meats, cheeses, and ticklish pieces of lettuce.