Cake Towne's pastry barons heap frosting and chocolate onto fresh, never-frozen treats. The shop's truffle-esque cake balls, chocolate-dipped mixtures of cake and frosting, dress themselves in flavors both traditional and surprising, from salted caramel and chocolate raspberry to spicy carrot. Once coated, the treats go for a dip in rivers of dark, white, or milk chocolate. Stick candles into each of these dozen pastry spheres (a $10.50 value) to create a birthday cake befitting a juggler turning a multiple of 12. A dozen chocolate-covered strawberries (a $24 value) delight taste buds and add a racy edge to oft-wholesome fruit. Free WiFi wafts throughout the shop, allowing patrons to use their sticky fingers to look up how to clean frosting off a keyboard.
Smoke scented with flavors such as mango, pineapple, and cherry wafts through Aladdin Restaurant and Hookah Bar as patrons linger over waterpipes as late as 3 a.m. Besides Al Fakher and Starbuzz tobacco, skilled staffers also blend house mixes with names such as Bubble Yum and Candy Drop, and can even fit hookahs with heads made from hollowed-out pineapples, watermelons, and other fruits. The kitchen also crafts a full menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, including kebabs, gyros, and Turkish coffee.
Pearls are often prized for their exquisite appearance and oystery aroma, but Boba Cha values a different sort of pearl—bubble tea's chewy spheres of tapioca. This cozy shop in downtown Cincinnati specializes in creamy concoctions that combine sweet flavors with the tapioca pearls' satisfying chewiness. Aside from the signature bubble teas—which can be prepared hot or cold and with or without milk—the shop whips up frozen snow treats flavored with fruit and yogurt.
Sis's on Monmouth treats guests to a feast for the senses, with the strains of live country and folk music serenading diners as they dine on hand-breaded cod sandwiches, Texas-style chili, homemade meatloaf slathered with brown gravy and ketchup, and taco salad served in a crisp tortilla bowl. While enjoying the music of local songwriters, customers chow down on hearty pub fare, or can order catered meals of spaghetti and meatballs, roast beef, and lasagna.
GameWorks fosters friendly competition between kids and adults by surrounding pizza, draft beer, and half-pound burgers with a mosaic of interactive pursuits. Each location holds more than 150 arcade-style games, which include racing and shooting challenges from Sega as well as lower-tech classics such as pinball.