The cookie sheets at Grammy K's are loaded with oversized cookies, indulgent cheesecakes, and rich brownies. A grandmother to few and baker to millions, local entrepreneur Kathy—stove name Grammy K—created the Monster cookie, a massive accretion disk of gluten-free dessert matter. Its trifecta of childhood favorites—peanut butter, chocolate chip, and oatmeal raisin—are baked into one oversized doughcircle that topples towering appetites with the brawn of a huge, unidentifiable creature covered in blue fur. Customers who deny the round nature of dessert can instead sail to flavor paradise with a flat, four-cornered order of chocolate brownies ($20). The New York–style cheesecake ($29) ships classic urban flavors south, building a delicious concrete jungle of flavor on tropical tongues. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance or 48 hours in advance for major holidays.
Cafe Heavenly welcomes guests into a world of gourmet seafood bisques and crab cakes, tangy gorgonzola salads, and savory flatbreads, surrounded by the appetizing scent of toasted subs and paninis. The bill of fare comes alive with classic northeastern seafood fare, such as the award-winning New England–style clam chowder or the buttery, whole-crustacean lobster rolls—born from the restaurateur's multiple trips to Maine and annual productions of Our Town. The brick-and-mortar location's seaside position and umbrella-shaded outdoor seating beckon to passersby with its laid-back bistro charm, whereas a food truck takes the mantra of tropical fruit smoothies and housemade lobster rolls to the streets.
Mango Tango’s vibrant frozen dessert emporium welcomes guests and encourages them to mix and match healthy frozen creations thanks to a convenient pay-by-the-weight serving system. Six deliciously icy flavors, including classic tart, peach mango, and alpine vanilla, flow free from the store’s shining spouts to do battle with rumbling stomachs and spontaneously combusting tongues. Mango Tango’s topping selection brims with sugary, chocolaty, and wholesome bites. From blueberries to chocolate chips and cereals to gummy bears, customers can top their treats with as many extras as a cup can hold.
Fresh Healthy Café serves up quick, healthy alternatives to fast food, including fruit smoothies, veggie-loaded wraps, and paninis. Asian chicken wraps blend mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, and crispy noodles, and portobello paninis meld mozzarella and red onions with balsamic vinaigrette. A roster of 15 smoothies includes the True Blue: pomegranate-blueberry juice with nonfat frozen yogurt, blueberries, and bananas. Beyond their dedication to keeping people healthy, Fresh Healthy Café keeps the planet in shape with biodegradable cups and packaging materials made of corn.
Helmed by oven masters Patricia Calcetto and Gabriel Jorge, Caramel Swirls Gourmet Cakes and Pastries assembles trans-fat-free confections from organic ingredients, churning out decadent desserts from scratch daily. Gourmet signature cupcakes travel in schools of 12 to intimidate hunting fingers and sweet-toothed sharks, luring taste buds with such flavors as peanut-butter explosion, Southern red velvet, and spiced ginger. S'mores cupcakes kindle a chocolaty campfire inside cozy mouth cabins, and bananachoco cupcakes require minimal peeling to access their fruity cores. Alternatively, customers can scribe personalized messages for birthdays or to tell someone that a can opener should not be used to open a pop can on a roster of signature cakes that come packaged in keepsake boxes. The macaroon-coconut cake melds vanilla-bean batter with milk caramel and cloaks the entire sugary shell in the bakery's coconut-macaroon recipe. Hand-rolled truffles slip into gowns of roasted pistachios or cocoa powder as they roost atop the creamy white-chocolate layers of the ultimate truffle cheesecake, and the mocha-espresso cake dapples chocolate shavings over coffee-buttercream sheets. Caramel Swirls also combats childhood hunger as it satiates sweet teeth by appropriating a portion of its proceeds to feeding youngsters in need.
The bakers at Heavenly Cheesecakes & Chocolates make sweet days sweeter by whipping up custom treats suited to any special occasion. Their wedding cakes are both beautiful and delicious, which earned the bakery a spot among the top 25 in America, according to one issue of InStyle Weddings. The shop garners the most renown for its cheesecakes, however, which blend dairy, sugar, and fruit to create flavors such as georgia peach, pumpkin, and chocolate marble.