Named after the O'Neil Family's adoring grandmother, Sadie's boasts a confectionery construction crew that builds custom cakes and gourmet chocolates from scratch and offers a variety of gift baskets and confection-making supplies. Unlike a bomb-diving ostrich protecting a nest full of donuts, a two-layered, 8-inch german chocolate cake ($16) endorses sharing among 10–12 sweet companions, while miniature handmade pastries ($.75–$1.25 each, $14 per dozen) including chocolate cupcakes, pecan and walnut turtles, and boston cream pies sate candied-cravings with individual nibbles. Customers with one-of-a-kind dessert aspirations are invited to sit down with one of Sadie's cake creators who will design a custom cake that bests fits the occasion and price range (see past works for some delightful examples).
Easily spotted by its pink-and-white awning, Ginger Betty's constructs gingerbread creations for year-round celebrations. Though it offers gingerbread in more forms than a shape-shifting forest monster, the original ginger snap is a crowd favorite and is scooped up by the dozen ($10). Creative crunchers can clamor for the cookie-decorating kit, comprising one gingerbread man and two holiday-centric cookies, such as Easter eggs, Arbor Day trees, or Boxing Day gloves, as well as two bags of colored frosting and an assortment of decorative candies ($21.99). Gourmet Easter baskets abound with sweet treats and can be customized with a choice of two dozen assorted cookies, including ginger snaps, sugar cookies, and other hand-decorated, rabbit-delivered delights.
Molly Moo's warns its customers to expect the unexpected when it comes to ice cream. The eatery teams up with local artisan ice creamery Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream to offer more than 30 flavors that include banana, green tea, rum raisin, strawberry with bits of real strawberries, and carrot cake with real carrots. Using these tantalizing flavors, Molly Moo's fills its cannolis and builds homemade ice-cream sandwiches out of fresh-baked cookies, such as oatmeal-Reese’s-pieces or chocolate chip peppered with real Belgian-chocolate chunks. The staff pays homage to old-fashioned ice-cream shoppes, offering penny candies and M&Ms for sale at the counter. It also brews organic, fair-trade hot and iced coffee in flavors such as cookie doodle and mint mocha.
Jenn and Donny have long accepted their elitist take on coffee. As college students and self-professed coffee snobs who both worked in the food industry, they bemoaned a lack of sophisticated brews and attentive service, finally deciding that innovation would be the best form of protest. They dreamt up their own café where the beans would be freshly micro-roasted, the cocoa would incorporate three types of chocolate, and every drink would be handmade by the same person who took your order. The resulting venue, Coffee Break Cafe, lined its menu with libations of all temperatures and caffeinated creeds.
The café's house blend hails from locales such as Sumatra, Colombia, Africa, and South America and is shipped from specialty roasters who prep the beans in small batches. Jenn and Donny's commitment to coffee quality is matched by their enthusiasm for the natural world—they stock organic and fair-trade options, as well as dairy products from a hormone-free farm. Though they stand by meticulous barista techniques, they are hardly sugar-shunning purists. They readily infuse hot and frozen drinks with dessert flavors, ranging from red velvet cupcake to cinnamon bun, crafting a far superior breakfast sweet than grapefruit pie. Bagels and pastries, delivered daily by neighborhood bakeries, balance out refreshing sips. The morning hotspot's communal spirit is reflected in hanging pictures by local artists, live music, and complimentary story readings for kids.