Answering humanity's unwavering call for hearty, unprocessed desserts and ice cream, Simka’s boasts a menu full of timeless tongue delighters and inventive after-dinner sweets. The old-timey ice cream shop—which offers kosher varieties of its signature treat—scoops up 12 flavors of Blue Bunny ice cream ($2.58–$3.69), including vanilla, coffee, and rainbow sherbet flecked with gold from Simka's leprechaun confectioners. Singular sundaes such as the Kookie Cookie top two scoops of cookies 'n cream with a light Oreo dusting ($5.97) and blended fruit smoothies are packed with the energy needed to navigate treacherous commute or outrun bullies on horseback ($3.49).
On weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., cooks at Better Lunch stack sandwiches with sumptuous ingredients: chicken spread with cranberries and almonds, salami with carrots and Italian sauce, and signature egg and pickle salad are just a few examples. Diners can also opt for the soup of the day, or for a crisp salad with all the fixings.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
Ben & Jerry’s shops offer a variety of frozen concoctions, from classic triple-scoops ($4–5), smoothies, and milk shakes ($5–7) to waffle-cone specials ($5) and sundaes ($6.50). Swirl spoons around scoops of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Chunky Monkey, Chocolate Therapy, Milk & Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and New York Super Fudge Chunk. Every flavor of ice cream can also be transformed into a thick, sippable milk shake and low-fat, fat-free, and dairy-free flavors are also available for the figure-conscious or those still suffering from butterfat-related night terrors.
12 flavors of non-fat frozen yogurt swirl in their dispensers at Swirl Frozen Yogurt Bar. Patrons layer whorls of the creamy, cold treat into cups before sprinkling on chocolate candy, crispy cereal, and dozens of other toppings. Calcium and probiotics make each bite healthy as well as delicious.
Delish New York Bakery, deemed the wellspring of Orlando’s best cupcakes by City’s Best, infuses desserts with East Coast flair and bakes them in-house daily. Touch tongues to familiar vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, fill a picnic basket with the buttermilk spice rendition, or put a red-velvet cupcake in a terra cotta pot and water it twice a week. The remaining flavors in the sampler include marble, lemon, cappuccino, New Yorker in paradise, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate coconut, raspberry-filled, and cookies and cream.