After tasting Italian espresso as a teenager, the owner of this European café devoted his life to perfecting its flavors on his own. Years of trial-and-error have served him well, as you won’t find an ounce of over-roasted Americanized coffee here. Instead, he specializes in espresso and French-pressed coffee from directly traded and drum-roasted beans.
The cupcake artisans at Sweet Indulgence Bakery send taste buds into a swoon with more than 20 cream-filled cupcake varieties baked daily. Inside the bakery, which boasts modern WiFi and a retro ice-cream-parlor feel, a display case of miniature candle cushions beckons customers with varieties such as banana-split cake and Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise. Specialties may include the Chocolate Delight filled with chocolate buttercream or the red velvet with cream-cheese frosting, which brings classic flavors together more seamlessly than a finely stitched cheeseburger. After corralling raspberry amaretto, italian cream, and strawberry-lemonade cupcakes together, customers can help up to 12 friends forget their traumatic muffin encounters.
Patty Cakes specializes in a variety of fresh-baked goods, special-event cakes, and catering. Its newest signature dessert is the cake ball, which is precisely what it sounds like: a lavish, formal gala where cakes from around the world gather to dance the night away. Each sphere of cakey goodness is coated in a delectable candied shell. Choose from four flavors of cake to cover in a cloak of milk or dark chocolate: chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, or red velvet. For indecisive or exploratory palates, multiple flavors can be mixed and matched per order, but the minimum number of one flavor is six. Similar to donut holes and the Indian in your cupboard, these cake balls boil down the essence of a larger cake into a handheld treat. With today’s Groupon you receive 24 cake balls, which is enough to feed an interspecies gang of aggressive pigeons and angry squirrels.
Marvin Owens has been tempting people with baked goods for quite a while. Just ask his wife, who describes the sweets he'd bring over while he was courting her as "bribes" (which evidently worked). His fourth bakery, Hometown Cookie Co. & Bakery, offers a wide assortment of fresh baked sweets and savories, from Texas muffins filled with sausage, jalapenos, and cheese, to gooey cinnamon rolls that are easier to pull apart than two positive magnets covered in frosting. Each day, the bakery rolls out a variety of pies, muffins, cupcakes, and cookies, and can fill custom orders for special occasions.