The bakers at The Cupcake Diva & Bakery mix made-from-scratch batter for cinnamon rolls, fresh breads, cookies, and pies every day. They also swirl creamy frosting on top of cupcakes before topping them off with a chocolate morsel or perhaps a bit of lime zest. For special occasions, they sculpt their tasty wedding and birthday cakes into edible works of art, and they whip up Christmas sugar cookies that can come pre-decorated or, for the families who want to add their own horns to Santa's head, plain.
Repicci's authentic Italian-ice creations use flavorsome flavors to make icy-cold treats free of fat, cholesterol, and dairy. Allow tongues to embark on a vacation to a mini iceberg with a dish holding a fresh-served single ($3) or double ($5) scoop in one of many fruity or dinner-spoiling flavors: blue raspberry, lemon, piña colada, creamsicle, green apple, cherry, and blue raspberry are some of the recent resident flavors. Like candy bars or individually wrapped shrimp, premade, 8-ounce cups ($3) and 4-ounce push tubes ($1.50) stuff a tasty treat in a convenient package. Up to eight people can nosh on the edible mouth air conditioners upon Repicci's patio, replete with free WiFi, sunlit conversations, and automatic appreciation for the outdoors.
The team at Big Apple Bagels builds chewy, ring-shaped bread bites from scratch and wakes palates with steaming cups of Brewster's coffee. The menu teems with eats inspired by New York City deli fare, such as bagel-based club sandwiches and nearly a dozen styles of cream cheese—including three whipped varieties and one milked directly from a somersaulting cow. Bagel flavors range from plain and sesame, while swiss melts warm palates with gooey layers of cheese. Gourmet muffins introduce mouths to fluffy, cake-like texture kept moist—yet low in cholesterol—with soybean oil.
Named one of America's top 10 bread bakers in 2011 by Dessert Professional, The Little Aussie Bakery & Cafe kneads a menu of 100% gluten-free breads, cakes, and pizzas. Meaty sandwich stuffings such as rosemary chicken, slow-roasted New Zealand lamb, or tender roast beef swaddle a slice of extra baby swiss in the Big Bloke sandwich, which cradles its tender fixings between the snug halves of a garlicky bun. Voracious vegetarians discover unrivaled variety in the Great Big Aussie Sanger, comprised of layers of roasted bell pepper sauce, chili, peanut butter, yogurt, and fresh veggies––a recipe perfected by the café's sleepwalking gourmet. Blended from rice flour to accommodate sensitive tummies, duos of crumbly cookies draw sweet conclusions as customers savor crisp oatmeal and gooey chocolate chips or iced sugar cookies. Inside the bakery, a sumptuous spread of baked goods satisfies gluten-free appetites with white or whole flax breads, which are also free of eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, or magic beans. Prebaked pizza crusts await dressing in home-dressed toppings, and sweet slice-ables include 5-inch pies in seasonal flavors such as pumpkin, mixed berry, and apple.
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Caf?'s 13 signature pie flavors ? which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray?praised pumpkin pie ? as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's caf?, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch?style.