Owned and operated by longtime Carol Stream entrepreneur Sindy Rogers, Manhattan's gives customers a place to relax and enjoy classic American specialties. The menu includes classics of the American kitchen such as beef stew ($10.99, $8.99 for seniors), as well as inventive takes on old standbys such as the Flaming burger—8-ounces of angus beef steak burger topped with saganaki cheese and lit on fire table-side, much to the delight of carnivorous pyromaniacs ($11.99). The restaurant itself is handsomely outfitted with wood paneling, featuring a large dining room and full bar with several flat-screen TVs hanging majestically above it like so many twinkling stars in the depths of the firmament.
Alicia Eisenmann fell in love with cake decorating while attending Kendall College, and she now focuses that interest on running Delish Cakes. She and her staff churn out custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for every occasion, from baby showers and quinceañeras to weddings and anniversaries. Based on your ideas, they craft sweets from flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, and pistachio, stuffing them with fresh raspberries, crushed pineapple, vanilla mousse, or lemon curd; among the available finishings are fondant, whipped cream, and chocolate buttercream. In compliance with the 27th Amendment, the team discloses cupcake-making knowledge during onsite classes and parties.
SkinnySweet Frozen Yogurt's owners set out to create an inviting place where people could get their sweet-tooth fix with healthy desserts. Unlike many frozen desserts, SkinnySweet's real liquid frozen yogurt contains calcium, potassium, probiotics, and live and active cultures, which promote digestive health and lower cholesterol. With the exception of one flavor, CookiesNCream, SkinnySweet's yogurt contains no high-fructose corn syrup. Complementing its healthy ingredients, the yogurt comes in 14 rotating flavors offered daily in nonfat, low-fat, tart, greek, no-sugar-added, and nondairy-sorbet varieties. Once customers have created their own frozen-yogurt base, they can finish off their creations with more than 60 toppings such as fresh strawberries, granola, brownie chunks, and caramel sauce.
Serene Teaz’s herbal outfitters dress up waiting cups in international teas, rooibos, infusions, and matés. Toast sunrise over a breakfast campfire with a mug of smoky lapsang souchong black tea ($10 for 4 oz.) or train crosshairs at midafternoon fatigue with a restorative shot of gunpowder green tea ($10.50 for 4 oz.). Steeped like tea, South African rooibos transforms into a drinkable dessert when paired with fruit or chocolate. One of Serene Teaz’s most popular rooibos brew, Sweet Sin ($10 for 4 oz.) sifts together vanilla, rose petals, and freeze-dried raspberries to elicit a decadent aroma capable of transporting drinkers toward serene moments or back to their days as a chocolate-rabbit breeder. Herbal infusions dance across nose buds with scents blended from fruits, herbs, and flowers such as hibiscus ($10 for 4 oz.) and peppermint ($9 for 4 oz.).
Every morning, the dough masters at Aracely's Bakery rise before dawn to craft house-made cupcakes, pastries, and sandwiches to bejewel their display cases. Confectionary artists transform dreams into fondant-covered reality by crafting custom cakes for birthdays, baby showers, and Eat a Portrait of Your Boss day. Meanwhile, traditional Mexican recipes lend sweetness to cakes and spice to 11 kinds of sandwiches, whose ingredients include avocado, chihuahua cheese, and secret sauce, and pack flavor into handheld meals.