Whether you're looking for a tiered, edible centerpiece or a plateful of pastry pals, Yummy's thoughtful menu includes confections for all occasions. Curl your tongue around a flavor-soaked slice of vanilla cake caressed with sweet, creamy frosting or wake up with a slice of orange-cranberry bread waiting for you in the shower. Fresh-out-of-the-oven sourdough begs for a thick smattering of chunky peanut butter. Breads start at $1.50, and cookies are $6 for a dozen. Yummy's also sells more-whimsical treats, including cupcakes on a stick and massive marshmallows doused in chocolate. Dorm rooms and slumber parties nationwide welcome the addition of the award-winning pepperoni rolls (four for $5, double-stuffed rolls at $2 each) in a variety of flavor combinations (spinach-feta, mozzarella, jalapeño-cheddar). Yummy's pound cakes, strudels, cinnamon rolls, and sticky buns are all priced under $5.
For more than 25 years, the master confectioners at Deliciously Different Fudge have been handcrafting gooey slabs of sweetness in more than 30 different varieties, each conjured from scratch in a traditional copper kettle. Calm cravings with flavorful favorites such as peanut butter, coconut, chocolate nut, or maple nut. Classicists will find rich memories in mouthfuls of classic chocolate fudge, and thrill-seeking tongues find blended bliss in taste combinations including strawberry cheesecake, recognized by its pink marbling; cin-a-bun, sweet-roll inspired and swirled with pecans; or chocolate mint madness, known for its creamy-cool taste and ownership of at least 16 copies of Catcher in the Rye.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
Party planners at Maximum Events specialize in decking out dessert tables in delicious sweets personalized with eye-pleasing icing. A changing selection of cupcakes may include such tasty classics such as vanilla cake with buttercream frosting or chocolate cake with chocolate ganache. Unlike black velvet, which makes for a great bathrobe but tastes like fabric, the red-velvet cupcake makes for a poor bathrobe but delights diners with a rich red crumb and a velvety cap of cream cheese. Selecting a variety of inventive flavors such as the raspberry champagne or coconut-pineapple meringue treats taste buds to sweetness and the best kind of spice—variety.
Inspired by the sugar-cane-surrounded Mexican municipality of Jojutlas and its culinary traditions, Jojutlas Mexican Grill re-creates recipes from the region and across Mexico. Housemade tortillas envelop locally sourced ingredients in dishes such as fish tacos with jicama-radish slaw, beef taquitos, and chimichangas prepared with conventional or organic chicken. The kitchen also whips up some entrees in a traditional adobo oven, whose composition of organic clay, earth, and straw imbues dishes with a uniquely authentic flavor. To sate sweet teeth, guests can indulge in sopapillas and strawberry-stuffed churros for dessert. Jojutlas invites frequent patrons to join the Mi Amigo Club, which bestows members with birthday and anniversary treats, as well as a promise to always be picked first for kickball.
The scent of freshly ground coffee coaxes customers through the wooden doors of Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, whose painted ivory and red trim evokes of the aesthetic of an old Victorian. Since Cathy and Patrick Wyatt opened the shop in 2003, baristas have been pulling shots of espresso to concoct lattes and cappuccinos and pairing them with pastries, sandwiches, and salads crafted from local ingredients. Customers can lounge in padded wrought-iron chairs and overstuffed couches as they jump onto the free wireless Internet, or direct eyes to a pair of televisions regularly airing the news or the Chipmunks’ remake of Dead Poets Society. Coffee-related and handcrafted items—such as cards, candles, and mugs—line wooden shelves and make especially sweet gifts when packaged with chocolate-covered beans.