Using traditional Mediterranean and Indian culinary techniques, Cumin Cafe’s chefs infuse dishes with piquant, rich flavors. Bits of beef or lamb shank simmer alongside spices and vegetables in a clay pot in Mediterranean tajine stews; Greek spanakopita layers spinach and feta cheese between a flaky pastry crust. Chefs add a splash of rose water to prawns flavored with ground spices in golden korma curry, and use tandoori-style ovens to cook chili naan, making a perfect scoop for goat biryani rice dishes or a heating pad for diners’ sore shoulders.
Thanks to its staff’s insistence on crafting fresh, rotating batches of gelato every day, Viva Gelato is stuck in a permanent chill. This doesn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits, judging from the smiles that spread across customers’ faces as they sample flavors that range from the traditional (vanilla and pistachio) to the outright creative (Blue Monkey and blood-orange creamsicle). Though many in number, these creamy flavors always seem to make room in their frozen cases for a few sugar-free and low-fat varieties. For a slight change of pace, try the frozen yogurt and yogurt-gelato blends, or sip on a steamy Small World coffee while using the shop’s free WiFi to search for a better cure for brain freeze.
The bakers at Stace Of Cakes forge gourmet handheld desserts from 100% natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, with no artificial flavors. They expertly whip up classic flavors, such as red velvet and carrot cake with smooth cream-cheese frosting, or more intricate creations, including the Gone Bananas, a spiced banana cupcake lathered in rich Nutella frosting. The Englishman is a toffee cupcake that dons a toffee-infused vanilla icing sprinkled with bits of crushed Heath bar, which entirely debunks the myth that the Englishman can speak English.
Refusing to limit the range of these delectables, Stace Of Cakes also has a mobile cupcake van, which totes miniature delicacies straight to clients' doorsteps. The shop, meanwhile, draws a crowd by hosting classes and cupcake parties for special events such as birthdays or girls' nights out. In addition to providing vegan and gluten-free options, the accommodating Stace Of Cakes staff can augment boxes of cupcakes with specialty flavors for an additional charge or beloved pet left for collateral.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as the strawberry skateboard, with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or the cotton-candy ski jump, with M&Ms and marshmallows. Prices range from $2.99 to $6.99 for a cup or cone, $5.99 for a pint, and $7.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($12.95 per 6-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes ($19.95+), on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as s’mores and strawberry cheesecream and are available in 6”, 8”, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, mango, and mocha smoothies, while ice-cream pizzas topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
There's always a flurry of action behind the counter at Cr?pes C?lestes. That's because the chefs don't hide behind kitchen doors. Rather, they showcase their crepe-flipping, sauce-spreading, and egg-cracking skills directly in front of customers. They create a range of internationally inspired crepes, whether it's a simple version with cane sugar, butter, and lemon juice or a decadent dessert layered with Nutella, coconut, bananas, and a splash of Bailey's. For a special treat, they can even add scoops of ice cream that melt over the still-warm batter.
They don't just fill their crepes with sweet ingredients, however. They also create a full roster of savory crepes influenced by different world cuisines, from saut?ed vegetables in a spicy chipotle sauce to pesto chicken with red peppers. But whether they're whipping up a sweet or savory concoction, the chefs customize the batter with gluten-free flour on weekends to accommodate food allergies. Additionally, gluten-free macarons are available daily in a variety of flavors.