Sweet-tooth sovereign Donna Ray McDow rules over a kingdom of decadent treats handmade from the freshest of ingredients. Each week, six of 24 gourmet mini-cake varieties—including southern red velvet, rocky road, and orange delight—are showcased in the store’s grab-and-go case, and orders for specific flavors can be placed ahead of time. Keep roving bands of physicians away with the wholesome apple-a-day cupcake, or paint a dreary beige tongue pink with the strawberry special, a chiffon cake base filled and covered with strawberry icing and artfully crowned with fresh fraise. The lemon-basil cupcake’s fruit-and-herb duet is accompanied by the smooth stylings of lemon Bavarian cream and candied peel, rendering it an ideally refreshing complement to a dinner of lemon-basil chicken or a cup of German lemon milk.
Open for dinner and lunch five days a week, 122 Tree Lane serves a smattering of spicy, authentic eats. Start with a chunky bowl of chicken and sausage gumbo ($7.95), or crunch into a tomato- and onion-studded house salad ($5.95). Entrees, served with salad and choice of side, include bourbon-glazed 8-ounce filet ($20.95), blackened mahi served with pineapple-mango chutney ($16.95), and creole pasta with an andouille sausage-, crawfish-, and shrimp-topped chicken breast over penne pasta with a tomato-cream sauce ($16.95). Pair bites with veggie (broccoli, squash casserole, sautéed haricots verts) or carb-y sides (mac 'n' cheese, baked potato, sweet-potato brûlée). View the complete menu here.
With its stock of locally grown and seasonal produce, the chefs at Frankie’s Market Cafe put a fresh stamp on home-cooked comfort food. The café’s rotating menu is made daily from scratch and includes fried chicken, baked ham, and fried catfish. To balance out plates, guests can peruse a vegetable bar that includes about 12 items including candied yams, collard greens, and tomatoes and peaches from Chilton County. Slices of homemade dessert such as peanut-butter pie and red-velvet cake end meals on a sweet note.
Frankie's Market Cafe can also cater to large groups and parties, providing homemade comfort food for your next social gathering.
The dessert technicians at Top It Off Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies satisfy sweet cravings with a delicious lineup of fruit-, chocolate-, and cake-flavored treats. Nestled within brightly painted walls adorned with trees and swirls, a rainbow-colored self-serve display doles out frozen treats ($0.45/oz.) like a mechanical candy man, filling bowls with fro-yo flavors including old-fashioned peanut butter, milk chocolate, or low-fat red-velvet cake. Selected flavors allow diners to spoil dinners with minimal damage, sweetly serenading palates with no-sugar-added and non-dairy varieties. In addition to enticing taste buds with dulcet frozen treats, 20-ounce smoothies ($4.99 each) deliver fruity packages of flavor in slurpable form, and free WiFi feeds laptops delicious desserts of silly cat videos and Photoshopped toddlers.
Owners Michael and Cynthia Bertolone and their handy staff fold hearty sauces and gourmet ingredients into the menu's traditional Italian cuisine. The quattro stagioni pizza employs a chorus of ham, mushrooms, black olives, and artichoke hearts to serenade taste buds (small $13.99, x-large $22.99), and lasagna comes in its traditional layered form with bolognese sauce ($9.25), or the avant garde baked lasagna bianca, enveloping mozzarella cheese, italian sausages, turnip greens and cream sauce ($11.95). Customers craving mealtime heroics can free ricotta, mozzarella, and provolone cheeses from imprisonment in the crust of the three-cheese calzone ($9.95) and ooze them to safety on fork-to-mouth airlifts.
In between video games, pool tournaments, karaoke, and poker hands, Patera’s Pizza Subs & Sports Bar refuels patrons with pizzas baked to a golden finish and subs crafted on freshly made bread. Chefs top circular disks with ingredients such as bacon, feta cheese, black olives, and ground beef before bidding bon voyage and popping them into the oven. Alternately, the staff assembles submarine sandwiches after bread busts out of the oven, stuffing slices with roast beef, tuna, and house-made meatballs. Spaghetti finds its way onto a plate with meat or marinara sauce, and gyros offer a quintessentially Mediterranean alternative to the quintessentially American grilled chicken sandwich. American and Greek influences share the dessert corner, where chocolate cake, cheesecake, and baklava vie for the attention of sweet teeth. Like anyone born in the ‘80s and many 80-year-olds born on Leap Day, the restaurant is more than 20 years old.
Run by Brooklyn and Bronx transplants, Nino’s Italian Restaurant draws up a hunger-busting menu of savory calzones, pastas, and hero sandwiches. Find tomato-free nourishment with the sauceless four-cheese pizza, which tops off depleted calcium reserves with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, and provolone, all complemented by onion and fresh garlic ($14.95+). The seafood primavera proves that springtime romance isn’t just for vertebrates by wedding shrimp, scallops, and mushrooms together with tomato, onion, peppers, and artichokes in a white-wine garlic sauce ($14.95). The Sicilian pork chops emerge hot from beneath the kitchen's copper awning, two fried chops frolicking with peppers and onions amidst a marinara sauce rainstorm, for once not caring what the other chops say ($13.99). Diners can cap off theirs meals with the Ca Nino, a cannoli shell loaded with praline-cheesecake filling and covered in caramel, chocolate, and powdered sugar ($4.50).