Amid a New York–style atmosphere, the fast-paced dough slingers at Brothers of Brooklyn Bagel Restaurant placate patrons with a wide variety of bagels and savory dishes from an all-day breakfast menu. Made daily, bagels ($0.80) tickle tongue buds with a variety of flavors, including blueberry, marble, and onion, the latter of which has become a favorite flavor ever since onions were discovered in 1998. A heartier option, the lox bagel ($8.25) transforms boiled breads into circular sandwiches by topping bagel bases with smoked lox, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Lunch specials ($3.50–$6.50) pair bread rings with a conglomeration of morning eats, coalescing into breakfast meals buttressed by eggs, morning meats, and potatoes. Equal opportunities exist for bread-bookended counterparts such as the grilled Reuben ($9.50) and tuna melt on challa ($5.95), which fight for stomach real estate with squared-edge grains. Savory spoonfuls off the bagelry's soup menu ($1.50–$2.50) boldly traverse taste buds, clearing mouth highways for matzo balls and runaway noodles.
Origami Food replenishes pantries with fresh groceries, produce, and organic specialty items. Customers can raid the shelves for wholesome oils and seeds, or stock up on spices, herbs, and dressings to add flavor to everyday foods or an astronaut friend’s idea of dinner. Customers can also browse a selection of potables, from organic green teas and coffees to fruity drinks.
When Don and Katy Kilwin opened their candy shop and bakery in 1947 in Petoskey, Michigan, they couldn't have known that it would one day become a chocolate-covered empire of more than 80 stores spread across 16 states. From the moment Don made his first batch of marble-slab Mackinac Island fudge, kids and parents have watched in awe as candysmiths turn waves of chocolate, ribbons of copper-kettle caramel, and dashes of nuts, sea salt, and toffee into treats that would make Mr. Wonka green with envy. The current head chef, Bill Hoffman, learned his candy-making craft from a student of Mr. Kilwin himself, and thus carries on the tradition of creating gourmet Kilwin-style candy. Today, he and the rest of the Kilwins cooks create their brittles, taffy, fudges, and ice cream the old-fashioned way, often using heritage equipment and describing their finished products as “swell” or “the cat’s pajamas.”
The bakers behind Cupcake.Love.Miami fill their huge menu of desserts with unexpected and creative flavors. Some emulate childhood favorites, such as the PB-and-J-inspired Goober and watermelon Jolly Rancher. Other categories are dedicated to refreshing summer beverages, breakfast staples such as Froot Loops, and seasonal flavors such as pumpkin pie. These flavors take shape as cupcakes, cake pops, or full-grown cakes that can feed up to 95 people and arm as many food catapults.
But no matter what its shape or size, each dessert flaunts a distinct artistic vision with intricate fondants and other toppers. Cupcake.Love.Miami also partners with sister business Sunshine State Cakes to craft custom couture desserts.
Chefs at The Village Mediterranean Restaurant & Pastries prepare a full menu of Mediterranean specialties including lamb, beef, and shrimp kebabs and eight kinds of savory pie bundled in housemade dough. But the restaurant is probably most popular for its traditional Middle Eastern pastries. An in-house pastry chef prepares more than 100 different desserts from scratch. Sticky triangles of cashew, walnut, and almond baklava form one pillar of the pastry roster, while maamoul walnut cookies and namoura—squares of semolina cake soaked in sugar syrup and topped with almonds—are available by the platter should you need to host a party or lure a nest of honeybees away from your stuffed Winnie-the-Pooh.
Pop Corns' popologists use large wooden paddles to stir fresh, air-popped kernels with sweet and savory ingredients. Maize is harvested before being detonated into caramel, cheese, and kettle corn and stuffed into bags ($3.08+ for small) or golden one-gallon tins ($18.95). Chocolate-caramel popcorn comes gilded with molten caramel and ensconced in a chocolate shell for a treat as sweet as a love poem from a gummi bear. At the Fort Lauderdale location, a sundae bar encourages dairy bedazzling with homemade Yo Mama's ice cream and an array of toppings. Prices vary by location.
The DQ Treat Center offers a cool respite for shoppers tired of fitting-room lines and surly sales clerks. Celebrating its 25th year, the signature Blizzard's chunky charms are as inescapable as ever, with classic candies such as Butterfinger, Oreos, and Snickers and other flavor options including georgia mud fudge blended to unmatched thickness with creamy soft serve ($2.29+). The peanut buster parfait slathers vanilla ice cream in fudge and peanuts for an appealingly layered delight ($3.39+). This location harnesses the relentless power of the DQ Blizzard alongside the brightly colored grace and dignity of Orange Julius smoothies and fruit drinks to create a sweet treat superpower.