Some quick Texas facts: the state bird is the mockingbird; the state motto is "friendship;" and the state cupcake is berry pecan. Lisa Britten didn't think that her baked goods had governing potential until 2010, when her signature flavor was sworn in as the official cupcake of Texas after winning a statewide contest. The famed cupcake didn't receive any bodyguards, however. On the contrary?anyone can eat it if they time their trip to Sugar Queen Cupcakes just right.
Berry pecan is one of several rotating favorites on the shop's menu. Others include snickerdoodle, coconut cream, and even pancakes and bacon. Thankfully, though, mainstays such as cream cheese lime and chocolate chocolate chip are available every day. Lisa can also stack her cupcakes in tiers for special events. Her creative themes might delight the eye with cheery sunflowers or add a rustic charm to pumpkin-spice cupcakes by arranging them atop a slice of tree trunk.
Crickle's and Co. treats visitors to breakfasts and brunches defined by a farm-to-table ethic. Every bite of an egg-and-applewood smoked bacon taco or blueberry muffin is a testament to simpler times—times when people knew exactly where their food came from, meals were family gatherings, and parents had to ask kids to be excused from the table. Local, preservative-free cream, eggs, and butter find their way into menu items such as egg sandwiches, bacon-stuffed tortillas, and fluffy, fresh-baked muffins. Texas pecans put the crunch in banana-nut bread, and locally roasted coffee and organic tea from Austin pair perfectly with homemade pastries. Outside Crickle's walls, its catered meals grace corporate events, baby showers, and birthday parties with feasts of Texas-style barbecue, 15-layer lasagna, and bite-size brownies and cheesecakes.
In the quaint little dining room of Sidewalk Bistro, dark wooden tabletops are arranged along a black-and-white checkered floor. Small booths line one wall, and a long counter stretches along another. It's dark outside, but that doesn't stop a server from emerging from the kitchen with a plate stacked with fluffy blueberry pancakes.
Comforting breakfast foods are something most people crave no matter what the time, so Sidewalk Bistro serves them all day, in addition to a massive menu of lunch and dinner options made from scratch. Half-pound burgers and Southern-fried catfish vie for attention with breakfast tacos and grits—all of which threaten to completely eliminate appetites before slices of French silk pie arrive.
Boasting an all-natural yogurt that’s Kosher-certified and rich in probiotic cultures, YogurtBliss serves a desert that’s equal parts healthy and delicious. The yogurt is served by the ounce in 12 different low- and non-fat flavors, while a smorgasbord including dozens of different fresh fruit and candy toppings gives customers myriad yogurt-customizing possibilities.