The Cupcake Shoppe passes on cake mixes in favor of all-natural ingredients, making cupcakes from scratch daily and hand-decorating each so the presentation matches the taste. The shop doles out its creations individually, or by the half- or full-dozen, and offers to top off bites with different icings, such as cream cheese and caramel whip. For special occasions, customers can have the shop concoct personalized batches, complete with treat boxes and decorative wrappers.
Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as caramel supreme, greek honey vanilla, and sugar- and fat-free mountain blackberry. Each flavor contains seven different probiotics, has only 120 calories per four ounces, and contains vitamins A, D and calcium, along with three grams of fiber.
Sister baking duo Kristin and Kadee grew up learning to bake their grandmother’s toothsome homemade cakes, cookies, and desserts, and they opened their own bakery to spread the sugar love. Their menu changes monthly, but customers always find treats made fresh daily such as almond torte, boston cream pie, and truly elaborate cupcakes. Coffee is also served in this quaint pink-and-brown painted bakery.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex?s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
Cuisine Type: Frozen Custard, Frozen Yogurt, and Italian Ice
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Frozen Custard, Sundaes, Milkshakes
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Often times customers who have never truly tasted real frozen custard (made the way it should be made in a genuine frozen custard machine) are almost in shock by how rich and creamy our custard tastes in comparison to hard packed ice cream or soft serve. Many will agree that it is the most flavorful, creamiest type of ice cream that they've ever tried.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our shop is outfitted in The Meadows Original Frozen Custard colors of yellow, blue, and white?the same colors that The Meadows has been using since 1950.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
In addition to our unique frozen custard, we also offer all of the typical ice cream shop menu items, including sundaes, milkshakes, gelatis, smoothies, arctic swirls, floats, quarts, pints, cakes, pies, and cookie sandwiches. We offer four frozen custard flavors per day: chocolate, vanilla, and two flavors of the day that rotate daily. We have gluten-free and sugar-free options on our menu.
The proudly independent family crew that runs The Pittsburgh Bagel Factory brings the same commitment to tasty food and early-rising work ethics that made their bagels a local staple to their new Craig St. location. After baking their bagels, which include everything from savory onion to multigrain wildberry, the kitchen staff puts them to work, schmearing them with cream cheese concoctions or sandwiching them with deli meats including oven-roasted turkey and kosher salami. Custom blends of eggs, morning meats, and cheese gussy up handheld comestibles, while burgers flip from sizzling grills to challah buns dressed with toppings ranging from grilled onions and mushrooms to fried eggs and peach barbecue sauce. Staff also pull shots of espresso to add to steaming mugs that vanquish sleepiness from faces.