Orbs of freshly made dough chug along the lustrous metallic conveyor belts of Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory's enormous tortilla-making mechanism, polka-dotting the chainlink pathways as they're flattened, baked, and morphed into the eatery's trademark fare. The chefs at the family bakery load the disks with traditional Mexican meats, such as chorizo and chicharrón, by hand, whisper "goodbye" to each morsel, and send them off to catered events or the onsite restaurant. They also sate sweet teeth with meticulously constructed custom cakes, harking back to founder Jose Marquez's legacy of selling donuts, pies, and sweet bread from his own home.
Rodriguez's fresh-baked "pan dulce" includes Mexican sweets such as cinnamon cookies, fruit-filled turnovers, gingerbread cookies, and vanilla-flavored azucarado pastries. Earning acclaim for its dinner fare as well, the restaurant's house-made tortillas are so popular they're sold in sold in dozens of grocery stores across Oregon and Idaho—perfect for shoppers looking to make their own tacos or replace an old mousepad.
Bodacious Cones is really three things in one: a coffee shop, a smoothie bar, and a gourmet snow-cone emporium. For the young at heart, staffers blend together premium cream, cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more to create more than 100 flavors of its signature sweet cream treat, one for every hour of the day. For the young at heart, staffers blend together cookies, candies, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and more with its signature sweet cream “Chaa” to create more than 100 gourmet treats. The shop also brews a smooth and tasty blend of Kona coffee and serves the caffeine-packed beverage hot, iced, or as a frappe.
FruitiYogi's self-serve frozen yogurt machines and bountiful toppings bar allow guests to create limitless combinations of frozen confections. The shop rolls out 10 flavors of frozen yogurt at a time, keeping sweet teeth on their toes with rotating varieties that may include strawberry, coconut, and pumpkin. Sprinkles, gummy bears, nuts, and chocolate chips headline a selection of 60 toppings that pile into cups and protect froyo from the sun, especially when it wears its monocle.
There’s a big difference between the muffins you pluck from the grocery shelf and those you choose from the counter at Social Bakehouse Cafe. That’s because the in-house bakers wake up early every morning in order to have fluffy cupcakes, flaky scones, and gooey cinnamon rolls freshly made just as customers begin flocking to the shop’s counters.
The pastry chefs liberally wield frosting guns over sweets, applying sugary flowers to the borders of custom cakes and creating seasonal designs on cookies and pumpkins trying to expand their resumés. Once the bakery rush subsides, chefs turn their attention to lunch dishes, such as mandarin chicken wraps and spinach salads drizzled with house-made dressing.
Bagel Boyz Deli brings several new twists to the long-standing tradition of the New York–style bagel. Stuffy bagel purists may grow faint witnessing the avant garde application of house-made spicy queso to The Boyz breakfast sandwich with sausage and egg ($4.49), and bagel buffs who like their edibles stuffed will seek refuge in the deli's array of piled-high sandwiches, wraps, and burritos. The New York Reuben hosts a party of corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and mustard on a dance floor of pumpernickel or poppy seed bagel ($5.69), and the chicken salad wrap ($5.49) demonstrates that embracing a bird doesn't require a trip to Sesame Street. Unadorned carb circles come in many varieties—from classics such as cinnamon raisin and blueberry to the more adventurous green chili ($1.19)—but are rarely seen far from their entourage of cream cheeses, including garden veggie, spicy, honey almond, and more.