Le Peep's focus on breakfast and lunch stems from a decision made more than 40 years ago, when Buddy and Rhoda Waldman opened The Village Pantry in Aspen, Colorado, and—not wanting to miss a half day of skiing—would close the kitchen each day before noon. The duo would continue to tinker with their concept, stare at it through a novelty-sized microscope, and change its name before it eventually migrated to Texas.
Nowadays, the kitchen staff perpetuates the breakfast-crafting tradition by offering omelets, eggs benedict, skillets, and build-your-own pancake options that use ingredients such as walnuts, bacon, pineapple, and chocolate chips. Traditional dishes are augmented with unique twists, such as the Gooey Buns, english muffins broiled with brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds and served with a signature side of Mom's Sassy Apples. During midday hours, a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches parades out of the kitchen accompanied by smoothies, juices, or Mother Parkers coffee. Le Peep's catering service delivers breakfast and lunch fare to homes, events, or filibustered neighborhood-watch meetings.
Using a blend of fresh ingredients, skilled pastry chef Kristen Massad expertly whips up batches of joy-inducing indulgences. Start by choosing from a base of five moist, flavorful cupcake favorites—red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, carrot, and strawberry—before venturing into frosting-filled waters. Because Tart Bakery’s cupcakes are always appropriately accessorized with delectable frosting, they provide just the right arm candy for end-of-summer backyard barbecues, or as the adorably edible wedding-reception date.
The philosophy at The Dough Bar Co. is simple: life should be sweet for everyone, all the time. To do its part in fulfilling that credo, the shop whips up classic, homemade sweets. One small, handcrafted batch at a time, The Dough Bar spins together Southern butter-pecan bars, each infused with gooey honey, and coconut-chip cookies, each adorned with swirls of chewy caramel. Shipped orders always arrive in decorative packaging to match the festive edibles inside, complete with platinum tins and colorful ribbons.
Using a blend of fresh ingredients, skilled pastry chef Kristen Massad expertly whips up batches of joy-inducing indulgences. Start by choosing from a base of three moist flavor favorites including red velvet, chocolate, and vanilla before venturing into frosting-filled waters. Because Tart Bakery’s cupcakes (regular, $2.75 each) are always appropriately accessorized with delectable frosting, they provide just the right arm candy for end-of-summer backyard barbecues, or as the adorable wedding-reception date that your family could, and will, eat right up. Call ahead at least 48 hours in advance to place your pickup order.
In Mexico, life’s milestones are inextricably linked to chocolate. And Andrea Pedraza will never forget sipping her first mug of delicious hot chocolate on the morning of her first communion.
Her early memories of chocolate blossomed into a lifelong obsession. Now, at Cocoandré Chocolatier, Ms. Pedraza strives to match the purity of that first mug. She imports 100% natural, cocoa-butter-based raw chocolate from Belgium and Mexico to craft her European-style truffles, flavors them with exotic spices, and covers them with ganache made with butter and heavy whipping cream.
Her confections have earned a slew of positive press, including a spot on Good Morning Texas, which showcases her inventive chocolate molds in holiday-appropriate shapes. Her team can also create custom molds, allowing patrons to fulfill a lifelong dream of eating Rodin’s The Thinker.:m]]
The Latin café offers healthy and authentic breakfast, lunch, dinner (at the Uptown location), and baked goods, inspired by the fresh flavors of the Venezuelan owner's homeland. The Uptown location serves up a full menu of the fresh fare, and the downtown "express" eatery features pared-down, grab-and-go versions of the tasty treats. Signal the official start to a foodfest with an appetizer selection from the Uptown menu, such as sweet or green fried plantains ($2.99) or fried yucca ($2.99). The all-day breakfast menu features croissant-enclosed sandwiches (starting at $2.99) and egg-based favorites such as steak and eggs ($14.99). Specialty dishes from the D magazine award-winner for best Latin lunch, such as the cachapa (a grilled sweet-corn turnover stuffed with cheese, veggies, and either beef or chicken, $8.95 for lunch) and the grilled tilapia Bogotá ($9.95), are known to make loyalists out of the most closed-minded of culinary skeptics. The downtown express menu includes some of the same dishes with the on-the-go diner in mind; prices vary slightly by location.