Masters of the sugared circle, Flour Power Custom Cakery's expert chefs whip up fork fodder decorated to fit all manners of cake-mandatory occasions. Their 8-inch cake can keep up to 13 mouths occupied with something other than shoe factory gossip, and can be gracefully adorned with streamers and confetti or buttercream roses. Customers also choose the colors and messages, providing a tasty way to say, "Sorry I told you I did your taxes but didn't." Flour Power Custom Cakery's stacked menu features all manner of flavors and frostings, from the chocojestic Classic Combo, which overloads light chocolate cake with mousse and fudge, to the Pudding Chiffon, an unassuming moist yellow cake hiding a valuable bavarian cream secret. Spoiled cake eaters get to select from both rich and airy frosting options, including the homemade english toffee buttercream and the popular whipped cream with shaved white chocolate.
Mezzah dishes out a delicious tapas menu populated by shareable servings of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Greek cuisine. Pop the contents of a plate of garlic-and-chili-pepper-infused olives (a $5 value) into your open pucker for an aromatic appetizer with hints of sun-dried tomato before saturating already-marinated greek meatballs (a $6 value) in a dish of creamy greek yogurt sauce to cool down your palate. The Turkish-style meat-and-hummus plate (a $7 value) tops the creamy chickpea spread with a succulent crown of marinated ground beef, and vegetarians can delight in the Mezzah antipasto (an $8 value), a dish featuring assorted grilled veggies, feta, olives, and a noticeable absence of pasto. Because whistles cannot be wetted on tahini alone, diners and their dates can sweetly sip two glasses of house wine alongside their meal (up to a $6 value each) or apply the value toward a more expensive libation.
In 2005, you were never sure where the Spence family's shave ice trailer might pop up—shoppers spied it at local farmers markets, carousers ran into it at music festivals, and stargazers swore they'd caught a glimpse of it streaking across the night sky. Today, the Spence family dispense its delicious desserts from not only their ice trailer but also a more permanent location: a cheerful stand named for their daughter, Alana. These newfound roots haven't affected the product, though; behind the counter, servers whip up the same frosty shave ices that made the family's original trailer so successful. They top the fluffy ice in tropical flavors such as guava, pineapple, and passion fruit, or blend multiple syrups to craft specialty combinations like Hawaiian Rainbow, Island Breeze, and Big Kahuna. These shave ices are served both plain and Hawaiian-style, which calls for ice cream on the bottom and sweet cream on top.
Each colorful confectionary centerpiece from Cookies By Design is crafted onsite from made-from-scratch dough using ingredients from local farmers. The bakers hand decorate each cookie bouquet onsite, personalizing select concoctions with signature icing themes and customer-dictated messages such as ”Happy Birthday” or "The Cookie Jar is Empty." Along with bouquets, cookies are baked and delivered in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from sliceable cookie cakes to cookie baskets and can be embellished with any type of design, such as holiday-themed decorations or the official logo of a favorite sports team.
Someone stepping into a store dedicated to baklava might expect to be greeted by a display case packed with pastries. At Baklava King, this isn’t the case: not a single piece of baklava awaits potential customers. Unless, that is, they’ve placed an order, in which case Cevdet Ugur and his wife Sarka are most likely pulling it from the oven and garnishing it with chocolate sauce, chopped pistachios, or some other finishing touch before boxing it up and bestowing it on the customer at its peak of freshness. This utmost respect for fresh baklava is the crux of the Ugurs’ baking philosophy, which also calls for traditional Turkish recipes, domestic ingredients, and freshly squeezed lemon juice in the syrup that they drizzle over the tissue-thin layers of phyllo dough and customers who ask nicely.
Starry Lane Bakery crafts vegan goodies baked free of the six most common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, gluten, eggs, and soy. Free from all animal products, their treats range from fudge brownies and chocolate chip cookies to macaroons and chocolate-orange biscotti. With each baked treat, the founders strive to evoke their childhood memories of the comfort and warmth that can only come from a lovingly made sweet dessert.