At the cozy Carousel Bakery, glass display cases showcase a dazzling array of freshly baked cupcakes, cookies, and pastries. As cheerful staffers bustle behind the counter, buttering bagels and pouring cups of coffee, patrons can gaze at the colorful cakes and select tasty pastries for the next day's breakfast or midnight donut craving. In the kitchen, imaginative bakers decorate custom cakes with intricate designs and fresh fruit.
At Bagelicious Cafe & Gourmet Deli, bagels aren't just for breakfast. The warm, homemade rolls-with-a-hole also serve as a base for sandwiches piled high with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses or egg, chicken, and tuna salads. Burgers forgo a traditional bun in favor of a flagel—or flat bagel; bagel-less options include vegetarian or chicken fajita wraps, hot prosciutto heroes, and paninis stuffed with eggplant parmigiana or smaller, slimmer paninis. Still, it's hard to improve upon tradition, and guests won't be blamed if they prefer to enjoy their bagel in its most natural form—dressed in nothing but butter or a heaping helping of homemade plain, veggie, or strawberry cream cheese.
Located right on busy Route 36 in Belford (Middletown), just a few miles west of Sandy Hook, Napoli Boys offers the best hard and soft ice cream and Italian ices in the Jersey Shore region. It's a great place to stop when returning from Sandy Hook or other shore points.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staff toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite, and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customer’s can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, the staff also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.