Cross Your Heart Cupcakes' bakers forge fresh confections daily with real eggs, whole-sweet-cream butter, and from-scratch icing. They craft personalized cakes for all occasions, decorating round or square double-layer cakes with fresh fruit, frosting, fondant, and specialty fillings. The customized cakes, which measure 6 inches–14 inches, magically shrink down to form cake pops, cakeballs, cupcakes, and soundproofing for pixies.
Duffey's Kolache Bakery whips up daily batches of Old-World Czechoslovakian pastries stuffed with sweet or savory fillings that range from traditional to contemporary. Each square kolache arrives dotted with a center thumbprint, which offers tempting glimpses of fruit fillings such as apple, blueberry and peach, and rich tastes turn toward bites stuffed with cream cheese, poppy seed, winning lottery tickets, or bavarian cream. Klobasneks, or meat kolaches, roll soft bread and melted cheese around morsels of bacon, sausage, or mesquite jalapeño links for snacks that double as mini meals. The bakery dishes out its eponymous treats within a cozy storefront and also doles out the delicious parcels through a drive-thru window ideal for quick orders or customers traveling by circus cannon.
Ted E's Burgers & More's cooks load more than 19 burgers, signature sandwiches, and salads with fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in housemade buttermilk biscuits during breakfasts on the weekends, or hand-spun shakes in creative flavors such as cobbler, mint chocolate chip, and deserts like homemade banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, and homemade cobbler.
Coconut. Passion fruit. Mango. The flavors of the tropics conjure images of sun-kissed beaches, lapping waves, and the airfare required to get there. That is, unless you visit a Bahama Buck's. At more than 30 locations throughout the Southwest, customers find relief from heat and hum-drum desserts with frosty treats including smoothies and sodas. Most of them come for the shop's signature treat?the shaved ice. After piling cups high with snow-like ice, employees drizzle the whole thing with one of dozens of flavors, which range from cherry and grape to birthday cake and bubblegum.
Bahama Buck's dedication to island living doesn't end with the treats. Each shop embraces the same relaxing tropical atmosphere: palm trees stand proudly next to tiki torches, bamboo trim lines the walls, and a smoke monster floats through the parking lot every day at noon.
The culinary artists at Boopa's Bagel Deli achieve the alluring flavors of their New York-style water bagels through a unique daily process. The shop’s artisans first dip fresh, housemade dough in malt water to imbue it with a subtle sweetness and absolute fearlessness of sharks. They then festoon the dough with various ingredients to create bagels in a score of sweet and savory flavors, including the Boopa's Sweet Everything, studded with cinnamon, raisins, and nuts. 14 traditional cream cheeses serenade tasters with a peppering of scallions, sun-dried tomato, and apricot, while light cream cheese varieties pack in as much decadence and silky mouthfeel as their heavier counterparts.
Boopa's team also demonstrates inventiveness in their culinary repertoire with their original sausage rolls, which encase ground meat in a shell of bagel dough. The shop is so proud of its creation, that they host a birthday day party each year on the date of the sausage roll’s invention. Guests stopping in around the shop's 5:30 a.m. weekday opening time can catch the sunrise from a handful of patio tables, or admire the local artwork hanging on Boopa’s buttercream walls.