The culinary artists at Boopa's Bagel Deli achieve the alluring flavors of their New York-style water bagels through a unique daily process. The shop’s artisans first dip fresh, housemade dough in malt water to imbue it with a subtle sweetness and absolute fearlessness of sharks. They then festoon the dough with various ingredients to create bagels in a score of sweet and savory flavors, including the Boopa's Sweet Everything, studded with cinnamon, raisins, and nuts. 14 traditional cream cheeses serenade tasters with a peppering of scallions, sun-dried tomato, and apricot, while light cream cheese varieties pack in as much decadence and silky mouthfeel as their heavier counterparts.
Boopa's team also demonstrates inventiveness in their culinary repertoire with their original sausage rolls, which encase ground meat in a shell of bagel dough. The shop is so proud of its creation, that they host a birthday day party each year on the date of the sausage roll’s invention. Guests stopping in around the shop's 5:30 a.m. weekday opening time can catch the sunrise from a handful of patio tables, or admire the local artwork hanging on Boopa’s buttercream walls.
Ted E's Burgers & More's cooks load more than 19 burgers, signature sandwiches, and salads with fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in housemade buttermilk biscuits during breakfasts on the weekends, or hand-spun shakes in creative flavors such as cobbler, mint chocolate chip, and deserts like homemade banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, and homemade cobbler.
Cross Your Heart Cupcakes' bakers forge fresh confections daily with real eggs, whole-sweet-cream butter, and from-scratch icing. They craft personalized cakes for all occasions, decorating round or square double-layer cakes with fresh fruit, frosting, fondant, and specialty fillings. The customized cakes, which measure 6 inches–14 inches, magically shrink down to form cake pops, cakeballs, cupcakes, and soundproofing for pixies.
The philosophy at The Dough Bar Co. is simple: life should be sweet for everyone, all the time. To do its part in fulfilling that credo, the shop whips up classic, homemade sweets. One small, handcrafted batch at a time, The Dough Bar spins together Southern butter-pecan bars, each infused with gooey honey, and coconut-chip cookies, each adorned with swirls of chewy caramel. Shipped orders always arrive in decorative packaging to match the festive edibles inside, complete with platinum tins and colorful ribbons.
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.
Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's in the summer of 1991?a tropical-themed hut that served shaved ice amidst the sweltering Texas heat. Although his business has now expanded to 30 locations (and counting) throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, each shop embraces the same island atmosphere: palm trees stand proudly next to tiki torches, bamboo trim lines the walls, and a smoke monster floats through the parking lot every day at noon.
Behind the counter, employees drizzle tropical flavors?from banana to watermelon and coconut?into cups piled high with shaved ice, cooling down overheated patrons. Anyone who forgot their brain-freeze medication can opt for a helping of Island House Coffee, lemonade, or Paradise Fruit?a blend of island fruits topped with chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.