Founder Michelle began with a Scooby-Doo-shaped pan and 3-year-old patron, a humble operation that has since grown to proffer specialty cakes, desserts, and deli fare to customers from around Evansville and Mount Vernon. Lunch patrons delight in the reuben’s distinctively punchy sauerkraut and savory corned beef, served with chips and a crisp pickle ($6.45). Snack-inclined guests indulge in giant gooey cinnamon rolls ($2) and moist, bite-sized cake balls ($8.50/dozen; prices vary by design), which curb the shame and discomfort that follow eating an entire cake. Dessert pervades the atmosphere at Michelle’s Icing on the Cake, thickening the air and triggering a precipitation of brownie sundaes that mix smooth, rich ice cream with dolloped droplets of peanut butter and drizzled chocolate ($3.50). Michelle’s original passion for fresh-baked creations remains a consistent theme that unifies her imaginative cakes ($27. 50/8 in, $38.00/10 in), well-suited to birthday parties, bridal showers, and temporary driving permit-issuance celebrations.
At Peachy Yogurt Bar, dairy mavens procure milk from St Louis-area farms, which they then transform into 10 flavors of low-fat, nonfat, and indulgent yogurt. Many flavors spotlight local ingredients such as Goshen Bona Fide espresso, which can be tasted in the cappuccino blend. The yogurt aficionados’ emphasis on local roots extends to the shop itself: patrons tread or leapfrog across floors made of Missouri white oak, dine on tables manufactured nearby, and enjoy local artwork and photography on the walls.
Myriad coffee and tea options pair with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options galore inside Miscellanea House. In this relaxing cafe, guests can satisfy sweet teeth with gourmet chocolates, scones, and waffles piled high with fruit. But not everything here is sweet, the cooks also whip up gourmet sandwiches and thin-crust pizzas. In the evening, guests can soak in local music as they grab a bite to eat, read while sipping a cup of tea, or just relax in a place that isn't home, where the mail man knows where to find you.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt's self-serve bar dishes out 16 flavors and 40 topping varieties as a healthy alternative to traditional desserts. Customers can fill bright-orange cups or upgrade the contents of a toy ice-cream truck with chilly swirls ($0.45/oz.) from the shop’s stainless-steel dispensers, which stock traditional chocolate and fruit-infused varieties as well as flavor blends such as peanut butter and lactose-free pineapple. Spoonfuls of fresh fruit, nuts, and candy ($0.45/ounce) add a kick of contrasting colors and textures to creamy peaks. Tropical tones blanket Orange Leaf's kid-friendly interior, a spacious retreat for palates with an area for onsite consumption or off-the-cuff games of Webster trivia.
At Lebanon's community-centric DQ Grill & Chill, the signature Blizzard attracts a loyal following with its mingling of classic candies and other toppings blended with ice cream. The friendly, family-run staff loads real fruit into premium fruit smoothies and piles scrumptious toppings and confections onto soft-serve Royal treat sundaes. An array of predecorated cakes is encapsulated within the in-store freezer case, and DQ staffers can also design custom slogans for cakes, such as “Happy Birthday!” or "No Pets Allowed." In addition to its diverse population of creamy desserts, several of which are dairy-free, the treatery doles out savory bites such as chicken-strip baskets and hamburgers.
Whether she’s baking for a birthday party or to simply sate a sweet craving, Melissa “Missy” Armbrecht is hard at work in the kitchen. At the cozy Let Them Eat Cake Balls kitchen—conveniently located inside of Missy's very own home—she crafts decadent cake balls and pops for clients across Waterloo and the St. Louis area. In total, she concocts nearly two-dozen flavors ranging from traditional chocolate and vanilla to more complex creations, such as mandarin orange or s’mores varieties. She also allows customers to order treats by the dozen and welcomes requests for custom decorations, such as soccer balls for a post-game party or heart-shaped bites for the anniversary of your first Cupid sighting. Determined to monitor quality from oven to table, Missy delivers all orders herself and can travel to customers located within 15 miles of Waterloo.