With nothing but real butter, milk, flour, sugar, eggs, and sheer artistic ability, sisters Kimberly and Kristina and their team keep Faboo Cakes' ovens churning out elaborate and edible art pieces. Their sweet cake sculptures have taken the shape of football mascots, musical instruments, trucks, sci-fi characters, and pets. In addition to crafting whimsical desserts, the bakeshop whips up brownies, cookies, whoopie pies, fresh tarts, and other pastries, as well as marshmallows made by hand or plucked fresh from the tree. Kimberly and Kristina also reveal their secrets in hands-on baking classes.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and marshmallows. With one mix-in, prices range from $2.99 to $4.99 for a cup or cone, $3.99 for a pint, and $6.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($8.95 per 4-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes ($19.99+), on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Pecan Perfection and Strawberry Cheesecream, and most are available in six-inch, eight-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, mango, and mocha smoothies (starting at $3.95), whereas ice-cream pizzas ($19.95+) topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Hendersonville Produce stocks its aisles with fresh fruits and veggies delivered each day, grass-fed beef, and seasonal favorites sourced from local farmers and vendors, such as Southern Artisan Chocolate and Sweetwater Cheeses. Customers can fill a basket with vine-ripe tomatoes ($2.59/lb.), juicy fillets ($12.99+/lb.), and gourmet cheeses ($6.99/lb.) to give homebrewed cuisine a fine-dining vintage. Mouths catch the fall spirit by sinking chompers into nutrient-rich squash ($1.99/lb.) and lit-candle-rich pumpkin ($2.99+). Hendersonville Produce also provides decorative seasonal items, including gourds and mums, as well as an arsenal of everyday essentials, such as half gallons of milk ($3.57), avocados ($1.99/each), jam ($3.99–$4.59), and solid-gold turnips. Shoppers can stop by to indulge in complimentary samples and refreshments on select days.
Brixx gratifies its guests with a menu of casual but carefully constructed fare highlighted by a selection of artisanal pizzas. Begin the belly-filling fun with an appetizer of bruschetta ($5.95), which forces garlic crostini to shoulder a load of marinated roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and feta (add blackened shrimp for $4). Or kick things off with the savory triple shot of wood-fired pita chips with three varieties of hummus ($5.95), providing the taste-bud equivalent of getting three birthday presents from the same forgetful grandparent. An array of finger-friendly sandwiches and a quartet of pastas set the stage for a variety of pizzas.
A sense of well-loved Americana infuses every corner of Tom's Blue Moon BBQ as thoroughly as the scent of hickory-smoked meats. Vintage bicycles ridden by notable founding fathers dangle from the ceiling, license plates from across the country line the sky-blue walls, and red-checkered tablecloths evoke a down-home picnic ambience. This nostalgic decor complements the barbecue, which draws inspiration from time-honored family recipes. The cooks begin by hickory-smoking cuts of pork, beef, and chicken for as long as 14 hours before glazing it with the restaurant's signature sauce. To accompany the hearty platters, they also make more than 10 side dishes in-house—including turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, and sweet-potato waffle fries—and craft a tantalizingly sweet banana pudding.
The menu at Richie's boasts a conglomeration of southern delicacies sprinkled with Cajun inspirations. With each order made fresh from the open-window kitchen, poultry-prone patrons can dig into an array of bird-friendly entrees, such as Ritchie's marinated-chicken sandwich ($6.49), or choose to slather palates with a slew of hot wings, which test taste buds' endurance for spice and tongues' aptitude for building tiny huts out of celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing ($7.89/10). Additional carnivorous candies include corn dogs ($1.49), Cajun catfish sandwiches ($6.79), and Ritchie's jumbo burger, a hand-pounded hamburger disc that can be rationed out to feed an entire den of rogue highwaymen ($4.99).