Elegant Carriages escorts visitors along scenic Cincinnati byways in exquisite horse-drawn carriages. Before or after dinner, riders can get picked up straight from the restaurant and enjoy the peaceful streets of Cincinnati in an open-air buggy without the roofed confines of a car or paddywagon. Drivers are dapper, horses are groomed and pro-neigh, and the route is carefully guided to ensure maximum safety and sightseeing surprises.
If they can peel their eyes away from the bright-orange walls and lime-green café chairs, first-time visitors to fave will be struck by the unusual flavors of yogurt that pump from the shop’s self-serve machines. Red velvet, blueberry acai, pumpkin, and peppermint are just some of the menu’s not-so-common selections. Fresh fruits, nuts, and candies such as Oreos and peanut-butter cups pile atop the swirled peaks, transforming each into a healthful snack or decadent dessert.
Innovative flavors are not all that sets fave apart from other yogurt shops: the café also stuffs hot crepes with sweet and savory fillings such as chocolate, bananas, and barbecued chicken. Guests seated in the lounge can enjoy smoothies and steamy coffee drinks, while those on the patio outside can garnish their bubble teas with one of the massive overhead umbrellas.
Combining the sweet flavor of a cupcake with the convenience of a corndog, As You Wish Cake & Cookie Pop Shoppe's selection of cake pops, peppermint patties, gourmet marshmallows, and other bite-size treats offer a unique alternative to typical baked goods. All of the confections are handmade and can be customized according to the client's every whim. Cake pops can be filled with one of seven batter flavors and topped with candy and icing to resemble a variety of designs, such as flowers or baby blocks. Confectioners also arrange the speared sweets into dessert bouquets and displays for holidays and special occasions, such as July 4th, Easter, birthdays, anniversaries, or pre-wedding events.
Tres Belle Cakes and Coffee Shop has a treat for every occasion, from on-a-whim cupcakes to elaborate wedding cakes and dessert buffets. Guests can stop by the shop to savor individual-sized treats with freshly brewed coffee, espresso, and smoothies, or place special orders for desserts. An onsite party room facilitates birthday parties, baby showers, and other celebrations.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don’t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don’t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy—and equally delicious—alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop’s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet baked goods made from scratch
Most popular offering: Carrot cake, Vegan Berry Bliss cupcakes
Gail Yisrael, owner of A Mother's Touch Cakes, extends her motherly affection to the whole world. She bakes with natural and local ingredients, creating 42 flavors of cakes for special occasions. She caters to every special dietary need, as well, whipping up sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan confections alongside her more traditional treats and pairing them with custom-blended organic coffees and teas. She even crafts cupcakes—in flavors such as root beer float—that are designed to transport customers to their childhoods more effectively than a DeLorean outfitted with a rocket propeller.
And like any motherly person, Gail cares about others. She uses 10% of every purchase to fund her very own charity, Project Mother's Touch. Through this charity, she brings food to hungry people in the local community, including freshly baked muffins, juice, and whole foods such as fruit and vegetables.