Byblos Cafe & Grill pays homage to its namesake – the city of Byblos, Lebanon – with Lebanese dishes served beneath arched doorways that recall Lebanese architecture. Ornate chandeliers, blush-hued pillars, and walls painted with faux stone surround guests as they dine on the same Mediterranean fare at both of the eatery’s two locations. Skewers hold marinated chicken and lamb while the grill leaves its imprint. Falafel is served with a side of hummus, either wrapped in a pita or stuffed, like a love letter from a short-order cook, inside a burger bun. Classic Lebanese dishes, from meat shawarma to grape leaves, also arrive in the form of a toasted wrap.
Alongside her mother, Lucki's Cheesecakes' namesake owner crafts more than 50 decadent varieties of cheesecake as well as custom cakes. The celebrated mother-daughter team mixes and decorates cakes that are as eye-catching as they are tasty, with flavors ranging from New York–style or oreo cheesecake to more adventurous varieties such as sweet-potato-pie or pineapple-upside-down cheesecake. The bakers are happy to collaborate with clients on custom cakes that look and taste just how the client envisioned them, be it for a special occasion or for a clown in search of a specific flavor to take to the face. In addition to the many sweet recipes, the duo can also prepare sugar-free cakes for an additional fee. The cozy neighborhood spot's sugar-scented air provides an ideal spot for sampling a decadent slice, with dine-in seating available and free WiFi.
Since 1918, Blak’s Bakery has prepared a large variety of sweet and savory baked goods with care and ages-old know-how. Although the bakery is small in size, it is known for boxing approximately 24,000 paczki per year on Fat Tuesday—a feat that earned the attention of CBC News. In addition to paczki, the bakers create an array of goodies, such as mincemeat pies, 9-inch cakes, and breads, which are baked in the original 1918 Peterson brick-hearth oven instead of on the engine block of an overheated car.
Michelle and Ben Davidson can't get enough of helping others. Though Michelle, a nurse, cares for the sick and Ben, a pastor, fosters spiritual healing, they wanted to bring even more joy and comfort to the community, especially students at the nearby University of Windsor. When Michelle was enrolled there, she worked as a barista at a local coffee shop. There, she learned to handcraft espresso drinks and pondered how to cultivate an atmosphere ripe for both studying and hanging out. After graduation, she and Ben decided to build a café around organic and fair-trade products that help farmers around the world make a living while helping local residents rise and shine, like a loaf of bread baked inside a hot disco ball. In addition to preparing brewed coffee, lattes, and loose-leaf teas, staffers serve sandwiches, soups, and baked goods that are made fresh each day.