Nashoba’s owners and baker bromantics, Stuart Witt and John Gates, make everything in their breadbasket with a special slow-rise method. Each loaf rises slowly over the course of 24 hours, fueled by a unique starter developed by co-owner Stu that produces a profoundly pillowy texture and a beautiful, glossy, full head of crust. Every day, hundreds of these mesmerizing loaves float out into the world from Nashoba's 32,000-pound French-made bread oven like so many doughy dandelion spores buoyed by a warm, yeasty breeze. And each of Nashoba’s plethora of riseable dough varieties can take you someplace different. Transport yourself to shores lapped by wine-dark Mediterranean waters with an olive loaf ($5.50), or trick nearby turkeys into roasting, basting, and slicing themselves with a too-toothsome-to-resist rosemary garlic breadball ($4.45). Trek to an oasis of thick, chewy dates on the camel’s back of a seven-grain ($5.50), and avenge the pigeons that killed your father with pieces from a sourdough loaf laced with combustively spicy pepper jack ($4.10).
Helmed by experienced chefs Caitlin Adler and Christopher Vuich, Sweet Bites tantalizes taste buds with delectable baked goods, coffee, and lunchtime eats. While sitting in the cozy, wood-beamed dining room, diners can ogle paintings by local artists as they choose a joy-inducing indulgence from the bakery’s breakfast and lunch menu or fully stocked dessert counter. Delve into the fresh-baked goodness of mini or regular-size cupcakes ($2.50–$3.50), moisten a mouth with an individual quiche ($7), or abandon a boring nine-to-five for a whirlwind romance with a donut muffin ($1.95). Bite into layers of ham, mortadella, salami, capicolla, muenster cheese, and spicy olive and roasted pepper relish with a muffaletta sandwich ($9). Flavorful salads such as the cobb ($12), caesar ($8), or the crispy duck, sprinkled with herb goat cheese, roasted peppers, sweet 'n’ spicy nuts, and a lemon vinaigrette ($15) are sure to enchant, while the toasted tuscan bread bruschetta, spread with mascarpone cheese, fresh fruit, and honey, offers sucrose-rich portions to please sugar-starved palates ($8). Sweet Bites is a kid-friendly eatery, so pintsize companions can be treated to a grilled-cheese sandwich ($6) or pizza bagel ($6), while their fully developed wardens recharge with a cup of Java Tree fair trade coffee or Two Leaves and a Bud organic tea.
Cake.'s simple, no-nonsense business name belies a menu full of elegant dessert creations, custom-made in stunning shapes for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and family celebrations in a wide range of flavors and fillings. Proprietor Michelle Ryan got her start in the baking trade at the age of eight, working in the kitchen making cookies and cakes alongside her childhood neighbor, Mr. Lewis. After years of delighting family and friends with her delicious desserts, Ryan turned her hobby into a career. Now, her handmade creations frequently appear in wedding banquet spreads, Hollywood feature films, and kitchens throughout the Boston area. Ryan wills into existence multi-tier wedding cakes clothed in creamy fondant, grooms' cakes in novelty shapes, and custom-made cupcakes in flavors such as Ghiradelli fudge, bittersweet mocha, and red velvet.
Fruitée Yogurt's two locations invite customers to sprinkle 14 yogurt flavors with more than 50 fruit and candy toppings. Surrounded by bright green walls, self-service stations dispense the likes of passion fruit, salted caramel, and strawberry swirls of yogurt. Customers then belly crawl over to the buffet-style topping bar replete with fresh fruit, candies, and cereal. Finally, patrons weigh their sweet creations, pay by the ounce, and devour frozen yogurt filled with vitamins, essential minerals, and live cultures.
Sweet Liberty’s self-serve stations dole out new flavors of frozen yogurt each day. These daily flavors are augmented by an array of toppings, including fruit and candy. In addition to frozen yogurt, guests can also treat themselves to soft-serve ice cream.
Domenic's Italian Bakery and Deli has been a Waltham institution for more than 30 years, but the legacy of its fresh breads goes back all the way to the 1920s. Current owner Ciro Maione is a third-generation baker and butcher, his kneading and slicing prowess passed down to him by his father, Domenic, who learned from relatives in Naples, Italy. The menu begins with authentic Panini and deli sandwiches, with ingredients like imported parma ham, sopressata, and house-made garlic roast beef stuffed between slices of the shop's own homemade ciabatini or soft or crusty bread. Certain pastas, like the hand rolled and cut gnocci, are made to order in Dominic's kitchen, while others, like the potato cavatelli, come from local purveyors, but all are perfect for showcasing the flavors of fresh basil, mozzarella, or homemade meatballs. And of course, in true Italian-family tradition, the pasta and risotto dishes are available in family style portions, perfectly sized for two to three people or one very hungry caterpillar.