Coffee & Treats in Indian Trail

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The bakers at Best City Cupcakes love unusual requests. Past custom cake orders have seen them sculpting shapeless layers of moist cake and fresh buttercream into spooky haunted castles or sudsy mugs perched beneath a suspended can of beer. They even hold a monthly contest that invites customers to enter in their own unique cupcake recipes, and add past winners––such as the chocolate-cayenne Afterburn––to the menu for an entire month. Not that any of the shop's regular flavors would ever be considered bland; staples include The Britt, a dark-chocolate merlot topped with rich chocolate ganache, and the Elvis Lives—a banana chocolate-chip cupcake topped with peanut-butter frosting and thick pieces of grilled bacon. And because Best City Cupcakes knows that each household has varying cupcake needs, each flavor is available in standard size or as a bite-size mini, depending on whether they're being served as dessert or used as confetti.

2029 City Lights Drive
Indian Trail,
NC
US

In it's own words, Cafe Bliss strives to serve as an extension of it's clients' own home kitchen. That homey quality is readily apparent the moment patrons step inside. In the lobby, they're greeted with built-in bookshelves studded with quaint potted plants, china, and other knick-knacks, not to mention a glass pie case filled with decadent desserts like baklava and carrot cake. The feel-good vibe permeates the menu as well, which features comfort foods ranging from Belgian waffles and create-your-own omelets to quiche, creamy alfredo penne, and house-made tuna salad, which chefs happily stuff into croissants or diners' outstretched palms. A dedicated gluten-free menu provides nearly a dozen options from chicken kabobs to quinoa pasta, and an espresso bar features a long list of classic coffeehouse favorites including sea salt caramel mochas and hot chocolates with raspberry drizzle.

8163 Kensington Dr.
Waxhaw,
NC
US

The mother-daughter team behind The Lil Bake Shoppe create eye-pleasing and mouthwatering sweets. Sheet cakes, tiered cakes, wedding cakes, customized shape cakes—whichever type you order, the cake will be almost as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. In addition to large cakes, The Lil Bake Shoppe also turns out cupcakes. Click here to view some of their designs.

6101-C Indian Trail Fairview Road
Indian Trail,
NC
US

Jerusalem Cafe?s chefs combine tzatziki sauce, tahini, and creamy hummus with skewered meats to create classic Mediterranean dishes. They tuck falafel and gyro meat into pita wraps and slowly cook chicken seasoned with a special blend of spices. Smaller bites include spinach pie and veggie-stuffed grape leaves. Inside the eatery, stone accents join framed pictures of Israeli cities along the red walls.

3116 Weddington Road
Matthews,
NC
US