Layers of colorful jellybeans stripe a curvy jar, chocolate-covered pretzels fill a glass bowl, and rows of rock candy line up neatly within rectangular vases. Artistic displays such as these are the hallmark of Candyland Buffet’s custom services, which can reflect the theme or color scheme of a special event such as a wedding or bat mitzvah. For every buffet, a team member meticulously arranges treats in an array of distinct jars and sets out scoops and bags so guests may easily serve themselves. Patrons can sweeten their buffets with special touches such as a designated service attendant and luxury chocolates from Ghirardelli or Godiva. Because sweets, like bathroom attendants, should also be enjoyed at home, customers can order shipments of fresh-baked cookies or sign up for six-month Candy of the Month Club memberships.
At Ray's Pizza, specialty pies rub culinary elbows with Italian mainstays including hot and cold subs and stromboli. Deluxe pies combine the tastes of pepperoni, italian sausage, ham, mushrooms, onion, green peppers, and black olives; other specialties include a greek pizza, a Mediterranean treat with olive oil, spinach, black olives, and feta and mozzarella cheese. Build-your-own pies let customers tops crusts with one of seven different sauces before loading them with toppings such as pepperoni, olives, pineapple, and chicken and wearing them right out of the store. Subs run the sandwich gamut from philly cheesesteak to chicken parm, and desserts include Snickers cake, fluffy tiramisu, and italian zeppole—fried dough dusted with cinnamon and sugar.
A glass display case of colorful cakes, cookies, and pastries greets guests as they enter Clayton Bakery and Cafe, along with the enticing aroma of freshly baking bread. The family-owned establishment staffs a team of local artisanal bakers and decorators, who use local and natural ingredients when whipping up baked goods and a lunch menu of hearty sandwiches, paninis, and daily soups. Chefs roast all of their beef and pork fresh each day, and distribute their signature rolls to local venues such as Ray's pizza and Clayton Steakhouse. Upon request, the bakery can inscribe customized cakes with birthday greetings, personal messages, or a favorite chapter from James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Betsy, the Clayton Steakhouse bursts with fresh carnivorous cuts of meat, savory salads, and homemade delicacies all served passionately and attentively within its homey confines. Dinner patrons can head straight for the meat highway with a house-seasoned signature rib-eye steak ($18.95 for 8-ounce; $27.95 for 16-ounce), or doff a grilled beret at the French-cut chicken breast ($14.95), with all entrees granting access to the salad bar and one side. Or opt for a loaded baked potato entree packed with a plethora of veggies, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chives, plus a visit to the 19-ingredient salad bar ($9.95). Keep hungry youngsters from composing rumbling-belly melodies with the kids'-size mac 'n' cheese served with french fries ($3.95), or reward them for their harmonic handiwork with a Betsy-crafted dessert, such as buttermilk pie ($4.89), triple chocolate cake ($4.89), or sweet-tooth-satisfying sorbet ($3.75).
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
With a commitment to serving fresh food, every day the kitchen staff kneads a new batch of pizza dough as pasta sauce simmers on the stove. At 2 Cousins Pizza & Pasta, all food is made upon ordering, rather than according to the chef's psychic premonitions. The kitchen staff also procures the produce that graces the tops of pizzas and gets tossed in pasta dishes and salads every week from the local farmers’ market.