When diners aren't sharing pizzas, they can instead feast on their own plate of classic veal parmigiana, shrimp pesto, baked zit, or sandwiches like the Chicken Philly, which are created with freshly baked bread that's made daily. The same goes for pasta sauces on dishes like Fettuccine Alfredo, Meat Ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana. Alfredo's Italian wedding soup—unlike Vegas wedding soup, which is traditionally served in an Elvis impersonator's boot—fills bellies with greens, savory meats, and warm, fuzzy feelings.
Baker Jan Moon cut her teeth at kitchen stints at both Southern Living and Cooking Light before launching Dreamcakes. Her creative icing-laced confections ($3 per cupcake) are a step up from basic vanilla. Try the bananas foster, a banana cake base pounded with heavy old-fashioned caramel frosting and dripping with caramel drizzle. Coconut fans appreciate the almond joy, a white velvet cake injected with coconut crème filling, covered in coconut frosting and liberally laced in chocolate drizzle with an almond on top. Other selections including a candy-covered banana split, choc-o-cherry, and cinnamon sugar mama. See the complete menu here.
Courtyard Cafe & Bakery's lunch artists whip up from-scratch dishes of Southern fare, plunk classic sandwiches into brown bags, and introduce kids to nutritious eats in hands-on cooking classes. Patrons can grab brown-bagged lunches ($3.49–$6.99) from the café's menu and trade the chips for coworkers' fancy dental plans. In the fried-green-tomato BLT ($5.99), green tomatoes soak in buttermilk before somersaulting through cornmeal fields and then rinsing off in creole mustard sauce. The café's salads ($4.99–$8.49) accompany crackers and fruit. Kids can learn some of Courtyard's culinary secrets and don white chef hats during two-hour cooking-class parties. Fueled by an instinctive desire to manhandle food items, kids roll their own dough into personal pizzas, sling fresh ingredients into healthy breakfast eats, or learn about another culture with Mexican-inspired cuisine under the guidance of a watchful instructor. After polishing off their main courses, partygoers devour ice cream and wish for laser vision with candle-topped cupcakes.
TJ's slow-smokes meats, pairing them with sides composed of fresh ingredients that have never known the molecule-slowing touch of the freezer. The rib sandwich ($6.79) reclines on two slabs of freshly baked bread, and show-stealing open-faced platters of brisket ($8.95), smoked wings ($7.59), or pork ($7.59) scream at two house-made sides, including coleslaw, baked beans, and corn on the cob for looking them in the eyes.
Owner Tomek Wrzesien set out to create his own gallery in the renovated office space that now houses Urban Standard, but he soon drew inspiration from the café culture of his native Poland and instead met the neighborhood's need for eclectic deli fare, freshly baked goods, and boutique beverages. Breakfast offers a variety of old-world eats in addition to down-home staples such as creamy grits with sausage and cheese ($3). Share a stylish luncheon of salads, sandwiches, or grilled paninis with fancy-pants ingredients such as truffle oil, balsamic jam, and homemade pimento cheese. Carnivores can sink canines into Tomek's Polish Street Sandwich, a cavalcade of cured meats and cheese on ciabatta (half $5.50, whole $8.75), whereas vegetarians can rustle up a grilled marinated-tofu sandwich ($7.50) with a small roasted-fennel and goat-cheese salad ($4.50). If a whole meal seems too daunting, sophisticated snackers can adjust their pince-nez while sampling from a list of baked goods that would make Marie Antoinette blush.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 98% fat-free yogurt, which contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Dessert desirers can easily find a treat to relax rambunctious taste buds with a menu touting silky soft serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.99–$4.19). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings ($0.69–$0.99). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.49–$5.49). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a hand-scooped traditional sundae ($4.39–$4.79).
The adroit confectioners at Yolo Dessert Bar Mobile carefully craft sugar-laced treats in-house daily by harnessing the flavors hidden in fresh, wholesome ingredients. Cool down mouths fired up from stamp licking with succulent scoops of frosty gelato ($0.45/oz.) in flavors such as salted caramel and roasted almond, or as a sandwich with creamy vanilla between two chocolate chip cookies. A litany of luscious, handcrafted yogurt ($0.45/oz.) tickles tongue buds, serving up a birthday-cake-flavored swirl for very happy un-birthdays. Meanwhile, rich nutella-bacon brownies and cupcakes in flavors such as pink champagne, red velvet, and death by chocolate ($2.99 for a cupcake, $1.15 for a snacky cake) afford celebratory decadence. Pair treats with a robust roster of bean- and leaf-based beverages.