All of the fare on d’Sozo’s neatly decorated chalkboard menus is made daily by executive chef Miguel Larcher, who draws on his French background to craft inspired crêpes and Mediterranean creations. The anything-but-provincial Provençal crêpe is made with roasted tomato, green pepper, grilled mushrooms, soy cottage cheese, and soy parmesan ($6.50), and dessert crêpes ($3.99–$6.50) are decked in decadence, such as praline ganache ($5.99). Inspired café sandwiches, such as the Mediterranean garlic portabella ($7.99) are served on fresh, homemade bread. And though the eats at d’Sozo are mainly vegan or vegetarian, a savory spinach-hummus wrap ($7.59) and a Banango smoothie (banana, mango, orange juice, and coconut milk, $4.99 for a 12 oz.) will look good in the eyes of even the most avid meateor watchers. d’Sozo’s healthful and soul-satisfying cuisine will start your day on the right foot, while making sure your foot is on the right day.
Ruben’s Mexican Grill’s cheerful sign invites diners inside the casual family-owned restaurant, where plates of steaming, freshly made Mexican dishes tango with chilled margaritas on the palate. Chefs whip up classic burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, and extend their culinary prowess toward specialty carne asada dinners and shrimp rancheros with fresh peppers, onions, and guacamole. An accommodating wait staff tends to indoor and outdoor dining areas, making guests feel like family even if they believe people come from storks.
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Although Monica’s Bundt Cake Company specializes in crafting tasty bundt cakes, its bakeable skills extend to the decadent world of cupcakery. Monica's delicious glitter cupcakes tickle tongues with flavors such as crazy carrot, lots-o-vanilla, chocolate sour cream, and seasonal varietals such as August's key lime, September's apple-a-day, and October's pumpkin sour cream, garnished with real poltergeists. Made from scratch with fine ingredients such as Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla and a generous smear of signature cream-cheese frosting, glitter cupcakes get their name from the pink and green glitter that infuses each mini-cake with maddening mouth magic.
Watermark Books and Café offers hungry bellies food and drink while hungry brains guzzle books. The eclectic selection includes classic tomes (Watermark's summer book club is focusing on the Brontë sisters), modern fiction, and nearly any other pages ever sewn between a cover (click here to search for books). Beatrice and Virgil, the new book by the author of Life of Pi, makes a superb companion to critiquing Watermark’s chicken-salad translation of The Iliad (served with tarragon, chopped green onions, and walnuts). Or stay awake while hunting for staff picks with a caramel latte ($2.95/12 ounces, $3.95/16 ounces) with as many as a dozen extra shots ($0.75 each), or a specialty drink ($3.75/$4.75) such as the Jane Eyre, which mixes chocolate, coconut, and almond flavors with steamed milk and espresso.
When you first walk into Bliss & Bubbles Boutique, you might not see any cakes. The shop’s bakers so expertly frost their cupcakes, cake pops, and cookies that the counters seem only to be filled with googly-eyed lady bugs, Sesame Street characters, baseballs, and foamy coolers for tiny Guinness bottles. The staff creates these cakes drawing from their own whims or by special order, allowing customers to customize their goodies for a baby shower, child’s birthday, or a surprise for someone special. For those special events, the staff delivers the cakes and cupcakes so they arrive on time and without having ignited a putsch to form into a regular-size cake.
Named Best Bakery in 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, by The Best of Wichita, W.O.W. Cakes' expert baker and decorator, Pam Pletcher, concocts artful gourmet confections slathered in copious quantities of house-made toppings and homemade buttercream. Bakers craft more than 50 flavors of cakes and cupcakes–including 12 gourmet cupcakes–easily accommodating requests for coconut wedding cake topped with chocolate fondant or red velvet birthday cake filled with bavarian cream. Alternative recipes turn treats into gluten-free and sugar-free of time-tested favorites to accommodate special diets or throw dessert-sniffing detectives off track. Imaginative bakers transform cakes into pieces of art with hand-piped chocolate, sculpted frosting, and strategic props, and have used their skills to transform a simple sheet cake into everything from a ski boat to a flame-licked barbecue grill.