When owners Chris and Scott Snibbe opened Sweets 'n Stuff, they didn't going for the traditional bakery setup. They opted to go for something more familiar—grandma's kitchen. To that end, they filled the front end of the shop with vintage knick knacks, family-style dinner tables, and loveably crazy uncles who never moved out of the basement. In the back, they bake up classic grandma-style goodies, including fresh-from-oven cinnamon rolls, muffins, and pies. They also handcraft their own peanut butter cups, almond clusters, and fudge.
Just like grandma, Chris and Scott don't hog all their secrets—they hold candy-making lessons in their large classroom. Their Grandma-like generosity doesn't end there, since they also offer complimentary tea and coffee, as well as free Wi-Fi for visitors who want to revel in the homey vibe.
At Texifornia Tamale Co., the tamales are hand-rolled around spicy brisket, jalapenos and cheese, and slow-roasted pulled pork. So are the burritos, but instead of savory cornmeal, their exteriors are 13" flour tortillas. Their interiors are also more diverse. ensconcing everything from meat and chorizo refried beans to two types of cabbage. The masterminds behind these hand-made Mexican dishes are Jeff and Micki Smith, a husband-and-wife team. The pair complements the restaurant's homey Mexican classics with upscale plates, such as Icelandic cod with red beet risotto or other burritos served on golden platters.
When Jim and Mary Ann Whitesell set out to open Hot Shots Coffeehouse & Frozen Yogurt, they had more than just coffee in mind. They wanted their cozy coffee joint to be a place where the community would gather to dig into frozen yogurt, smoothies, fresh-baked pastries, and hearty sandwiches, as well as to sip handcrafted espresso and artisanal tea and tisanes.
The coffeehouse stays open late for night owls and study-sessions. Hot Shots has even been known to host game nights, where locals gather to play chess, Scrabble, and Red Rover.
Ooey-gooey frosting spills into every nook and cranny of cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven at The Village Green Bakery and Cafe. Yet they're merely a prelude to other sweet and savory baked goods, including pies, cookies, and scones—some of which are even gluten-free. Round out meals with cups of rich, steaming coffee, mouthwatering fruit smoothies, fresh-pressed paninis, or made-to-order sandwiches, then kick back with a good book—the cozy eatery's shelves are full of them.
When Round Table Pizza closed after 20 years of operation, the community was saddened. This was the place where families would eat together on a Friday night, the place where youth sports teams would celebrate after a victory or angrily eat chicken wings after a defeat. Luckily, a new family of owners reopened the eatery to keep Round Table's legacy alive. They even rehired the same staff. In fact, the only thing that changed was the name. Now called Road House Pizza, the restaurant serves a familiar menu of pies, comforting diners with old favorites such as barbecue chicken, Hawaiian, and veggie supreme.
The aroma of sizzling steaks wafts from the kitchen, curling around plush red booths to greet visitors within The Pines’ posh, modern dining room. After nestling next to a crackling fire or bellying up to the glowing yellow bar beneath a sculptural chandelier, guests peruse the menu's six steak options, decadent seafood dishes, and rich racks of lamb. Further entertaining the senses, The Pines hosts a packed dance floor lorded over by DJs who spin thumping latin beats and tunes from the hottest barbershop quartets.