The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
The bakers at Cakes in a Cup are never tempted by premixed cupcake mixes at the grocery store. That's because they make fresh cupcakes from scratch each morning. Seven everyday flavors offer classic cake and icing pairings, such as vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and red velvet cake with cream-cheese icing. Daily specials offer more inventive bites with flavors such as s'mores, cappuccino, and pina colada. And in addition to traditional cupcakes, the bakers also whip up tasty gluten-free and sugar-free options. While picking up their treats, customers can grab a cup of Keurig coffee, tap into the free wireless Internet, or pick out balloons and ribbons to go with their party orders.
Creamy curries, drunken noodles, and sushi rolls stuffed with barbecue eel and fried oysters helped earn Stir Fry Cafe runners-up nods in both the Best Asian and Best Sushi categories for Knoxville News Sentinel’s Best of 2012 list. Blackened tilapia and thai teriyaki chicken stand on plates beside walls decorated with art from local artists. Wine and beer flow freely at the black-and-white checkered bar, which also served as the base for Stir Fry Cafe’s attempt at crafting the longest fish taco in known space.