When the original Philly Soft Pretzel Factory location had a line out the door, its founders knew they had a hit on their hands. That was in 1998; today, over 100 franchise locations serve their special-recipe soft pretzels. Each chewy treat is hand twisted, baked fresh, and served hot from the oven into the customer's waiting hands, or mouth if they're really hungry. Pretzels can be topped with traditional salt, or spiced up with garlic or sesame seeds, while a selection of dipping sauces ranging from cheddar cheese to sweet chocolate provide layers of dunking flavor. And for those who prefer their baked goods meaty, dough-wrapped dogs and cheesesteak-filled pretzels are available.
Each day, the diligent staff at New York Bagel Cafe' & Deli fill their shop with scents of freshly brewed coffee and warm bagels straight from the oven. Seventeen varieties of the baked circles anchor an all-day breakfast menu, causing tongues to smack in approval of flavors such as plain, asiago cheese, and cinnamon raisin. Additions of meats, eggs, and cheeses transform the bagels into breakfast sandwiches, which complement stacks of pancakes drenched in sweet maple syrup.
Alternatively, customers can sidestep breakfast fare and sink into a selection of salads and deli sandwiches, including turkey melts and cubans. Gooey swiss cheese melts over classic reubens, which pile sauerkraut atop either hot turkey or pastrami. New York Bagel Cafe' & Deli can also cater events or deliver their eats directly to their customers' human-size terrarium.
Cuisine Type: Bagel sandwiches
Most popular offering: 26 flavors of bagels
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Call order in advance to avoid waiting
Home to a vast lineup of dairy-based frozen treats, Bruster's makes its ice creams, yogurts, and waffle cones fresh every day in-store. The menu boasts everything from a turtle sundae ($4.50) to a regular cone ($2.80+) or homemade waffle cone ($3.90) filled with one of the multitudinous ice-cream flavors, such as Monkey Madness––with banana ice cream, buckeyes, and marshmallows––or Chocolate Lover's Trash––chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate chunks, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate butter toffee, chocolate krispies, and receipts from visits to the biannual cocoa consortium. Bruster's also offers no-sugar-added options and fat-free ice creams, as well as low-fat yogurts.
The skilled bakers at KoDee Cakes specialize in one-of-a-kind cakes and cupcakes, which they make by hand using fresh ingredients. Bakers make exact replicas of your parents' wedding cake for an anniversary, or cartoon characters made from fondant and flour for when Huckleberry Hound is elected president. The bakers are also happy to accommodate diet requests, including vegan, gluten-free, and fresh fruit options.
But it doesn't stop there at just cakes: they also craft cookies, pies, cobblers, and cupcakes in flavors such as snickerdoodle, almond raspberry, banana foster, death by chocolate, butterscotch, and salted caramel. There's even savory fare available, such as bread fresh from the oven, sandwiches, and specially made dinners such as shrimp and grits.
Reno's Ice Cream & Water Ice presents a varied selection of frozen treats, all handmade on-site in the family owned and operated sweets shop. Sixteen different flavors of hand-dipped ice cream arrive on chariots of cake, sugar, and waffle cones alongside portions of soft serve, milkshakes, and ice-cream cakes. Sundaes show off toppings of candy and fruit, from dark orange crumbles of Butterfinger to bursts of crushed cheery, and water ice displays itself in eight different flavors. Reno's is open from noon until midnight, making it the perfect place for a late-night snack or a showdown with the boogeyman.