Guided by more than 35 years of experience pampering sweet teeth, Ezzat Tadros leads a team of confectioners as they pop brownies, strudels, and cookies into the oven and pipe colorful curlicues of frosting onto cakes.
Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo cupcakes delight tykes with friendly faces, and bouquets of steam blossom from individual cheesecakes, carrot cakes, peach cobblers, and raspberry squares. The aroma of freshly baked bread swirls above croissants, the warm loaves serving as ideal fodder at parties or at least an excuse for arriving covered in flour. In the bustling kitchen, the bakers also create custom cakes for all occasions, sculpting batter and fondant into the shape of guitars, football helmets, and even slot machines.
A curved-glass case is the only thing that separates salivating customers from Brothers display of french and italian pastries, which include whipped-cream pies, cookies, danishes, and two sizes of cannolis. The store's fresh baked loafs of garlic, brioche, and rye bread, however, perch proudly on open racks, ready to encase sandwich meats, warm butter, or mouthwatering restaurant reviews. The intermingling smells of sweet and savory treats culled from natural, preservative-free ingredients represent a 35-year-old tradition at Brothers Quality Bakery. Custom sculpture cakes are the cherry on top of the baked goods sundae, and the Brothers Quality staff pile layers of fondant and icing upon their red velvet and chocolate masterpieces to create designs such ladybugs for birthday parties, corsets for bachelorette parties, and snowmen for holiday events.
When the big game spills into overtime, the last words you want to hear are "last call." That's why Pub 46's bartenders stay on the safe side by whipping up mixed drinks and pouring beer until 3 a.m. every night. The kitchen closes at midnight, ending its daily feasts of American bar food staples such as handmade sausage-and-pepper pizzas, hot turkey sliders, and buckets of fried or broiled wings. Feasts unfold on the pub's outdoor, smoke-friendly patio or indoors amid more than 30 HDTVs tuned to everything from baseball and ultimate fighting to the reality hit Coolest Referee Coin Flips.