The culinary crew at Crave It Bakery & Cafe mixes up sweet baked goods and savory café fare ranging from pies to turkey club wraps while catering to allergies of all varieties. Comestibles from the bakery sate sweet cravings with bags of cookies in a variety of saccharine persuasions ($1.50 each). Visitors browse cases stocked with scratch-made sweets such as fried apple hand pies ($1 each), pumpkin rolls ($2.50/slice or $14 for a whole roll), 8-inch sweet-potato cakes ($28), and a variety of gluten-free and vegan options for breaking pinky-promises to the tooth fairy.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop?s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M?s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Cupcake Couture & Catering offers a wide selection of decadent cupcakes and a savory menu of cafe fare with gluten-free, vegan, and diabetic options available. The sweet treat emporium employs all-natural, fresh ingredients to craft its dozens of cupcake flavors, including innovative samplings such as the blondie, a dense vanilla cake stuffed with Heath Bar and topped with vanilla buttercream and crushed toffee chips, and the Elvis, a banana cupcake filled with peanut butter and crowned in chocolate buttercream and chopped nuts. Post-cupcake bingers can lunch on low-carb veggie wraps filled with goat cheese and avocado cucumber sauce ($6.95). In the evening, nibble a cheese platter piled high with your choice of gorgonzola, special blue, manchego, and more while admiring the lifestyle choices of brie-snarfing Parisians everywhere (four cheeses for $13.95).