The Cookie Jar Restaurant's bakers expanded their cooking repertoire from making fresh cookies and pastries to grilling burgers, sautéing vegetables, and simmering sauces to populate a menu of classic American fare. Knives carve off hunks of prime rib from broiled midwestern beef and slice into a warm baked potato ($24.95), and forks poke at Bob's Favorite, taking stabs at the sliced chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini dripping in alfredo ($15.95), annihilating the dish before Bob nabs it. Hearty favorites fill stomach caverns with dishes such as the tavern-battered halibut, which is bathed in beer and escorted by a side of homemade tartar sauce ($14.95), or italian lasagna that, like a rock ballad, covers meaty substance in three kinds of cheese ($13.95). Replicas of the famous cookies that inspired the restaurant satiate sweet teeth along with house-made pies and cakes.
Even as a 9-year-old careening through his Ireland hometown, Alan "Teelo" Teeling dreamed of opening up his own bike shop. Today, as owner of Bike Depot, he and his staff emphasize the communal aspect of biking, even installing a complimentary coffee bar designed to inspire chatter among customers. Bikes receive meticulous tune-ups as customers peruse the store’s brand-name gear. Bike Depot’s community involvement extends to regular organized group rides and its cycling club, which outfits members with discounts, swag, and special training sessions to housebreak bikes.
With 150 years of experience behind them, buyers at WMF Americas Inc source top-notch kitchen wares that end up on the stoves of professional and home chefs. Like a copy of Ulysses etched into stainless steel, their products blend quality and style and include colorful pots by Silit, nonstick bakeware by Kaiser, and glassware by Spiegelau.
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.