Learning to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen, Anyatta Nicole started selling out cakes to her sister’s coworkers at a local call center. Buoyed by the response she received, Anyatta joined with her mom to create Sinsational Cakes Bakery. The full service sweet shop creates ornate, colorful cakes for any occasion, with a full gallery of their creations available online. Anyatta and her team shape sugar and dough into guitars, cartoon characters, Polo shirts, or adult-themed sweets.
Roots Coffeehouse serves up coffee, teas, and a broad array of espresso-based drinks and complements its potable pleasures with friendly service and a variety of edible options. The shop's menu draws upon three different types of espresso—a single-origin, a blended, and a decaf—to provide savvy sippers with an extra degree of customization to their order. Organic and fair-trade coffee and teas are also available to help keep consciences light and fluffy. Order up a honey vanilla latte ($3.85 for a medium) for a sweet kiss of bee syrup without the danger and mess of personally milking the bees, then pair your vanilla-fueled brainpower with Roots' free WiFi. Frozen drinks such as raspberry mocha or vanilla bean frappes ($4 for a medium) help the overheated mock the impotent sun. A food menu featuring fresh-baked pastries and muffins, as well as a quartet of sandwiches ($7.00), is also available to help customers practice one-handed hunger-avoidance maneuvers.
The self-service machines lining Yogurtville's colorful walls offer a delicious selection of frozen yogurt that enchants visitors with a tasty, healthy alternative to sugar-loaded desserts. Fill cups with your choice of 16 rich flavors, including raspberry tart, belgian chocolate, caramel cream, and more to begin drafting a structurally sound soft-cream creation ($0.35 per ounce, average cup is $4.50). Lactose-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free options delight sweet-deprived palates for patrons with dietary restrictions. Accessory-minded appetites can choose from more than 40 kinds of toppings, such as brownie bites, Skittles, peanuts, and fresh fruits to enclose their frozen concoction in a candied chrysalis, requiring prompt enjoyment before it metamorphoses into a milky monarch butterfly. Freshly baked waffle cones provide a crunchy reverse-teepee to shelter your handiwork, and a syrupy spread at the hot-fudge station adds a warm complement to chilly spoonfuls. In pursuit of pure tastes, Yogurtville's soft-serve chefs refuse to use artificial flavors, sweeteners, or cosmetic surgeries to craft counterfeit flavors.
Don't be fooled by Hot Chocolates' name—the bakery focuses on more than one flavor. In fact, even the handcrafted chocolate candies come in more than 40 varieties, such as dipped Oreos, peanut-butter creams, and 12 types of truffles made from imported ingredients. The staff also bakes custom cakes in 35 flavors, including piña colada and devil's food. To personalize these desserts for special occasions such as parties, weddings, or breakfast, bakers top them with assorted icings and buttercreams. These creations once caused a customer to describe the patisserie as a place “where everything tastes as good as it looks,” which the business uses as its motivation to create new eye-catching delicacies. Hot Chocolates' bakers also teach the secrets behind many of their treats in group classes, during which students learn to decorate cookies and bake desserts.
Karen Dyer and Debbie Morton are snow chefs. Well, sort of. At Taste of Heaven, they develop homemade syrups made from pure cane sugar that flavor the hand-shaved ice that has the look and feel of snow. Satiating every kid's urge to eat snow?except in a far tastier way?the women prepare shaved snow cones infused with flavors such as toasted marshmallow, black cherry, and Dreamsicle at their stand.
The Benson and Brozgold families founded Ol’ South Pancake House in 1962 and have stacked mountains of the same griddle-kissed pancakes from the same menu ever since, sticking to original recipes with the addition of Southern diner favorites. Cooks pour fluffy disks of buttermilk-, buckwheat-, or corn-cake batter to forge the rich foundation for strata of sweet or fruity toppings, including spiced apples, peanut-butter chips, and strawberries. Like off-duty senators nestled safe for the night in the congressional warehouse, pancakes pile into short or tall stacks, or in a behemoth pile of eight for the diner’s Take the Pancake Challenge. Any intrepid eater capable of packing away the entire monument to fluffiness in 60 minutes gets the meal free.
In addition to pancakes, the menu features a familiar spread of hearty entrees and sides served all day long. The cooks hand-batter pieces of chicken-fried steak before glazing them with a layer of country-style gravy, or sear catfish and half-pound burger patties on the grill. For internationally inspired flavors, they can also whisk together huevos rancheros, griddle fresh crêpes, or prepare the german pancake filled with fresh lemon, powdered sugar, and whipped butter served with a side of maple syrup.