Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. Daily bread offerings range from baguettes to sourdoughs to specialty loaves. Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.
CorsageCakes and Things' selection of freshly prepared gourmet cupcakes tantalizes taste buds with sweet, soft cake bottoms and creamy frosting tops. The cupcakes come in a choice of six flavors that include time-honored favorites such as chocolate, lemon, and yellow cake with buttercream frosting as well as red velvet, carrot cake, and banana with cream-cheese frosting. The thick braids of cream twist across each cupcake top in lavish decorative swirls, which, like a poodle wearing a powdered wig, provide a sophisticated counterpoint to the simple fluffiness beneath. After selecting a flavor, cake-cravers place their order and then wait a pastry-less 24 hours before picking up their box of 12 freshly constructed confections.
If you have trouble deciding among flavors, it would be wise to visit Main Street Cupcakes sooner rather than later: their cupcake list is more than 350 strong, and getting longer all the time. Luckily, only a dozen or two of those inventive varieties grace the bakery case each day, condensing the choices to include their four classics?red velvet, wedding day white, classic vanilla, and classic chocolate?plus a smattering of unique flavors that might include champagne and raspberries, gingerbread latte, or salted watermelon. For those who can?t get enough of these sweet creations, cupcake towers let you bring home a mountain of sugary bliss, and in-store parties let you decorate cupcakes with your favorite toppings or the name of your least favorite dentist.
Gray House Pies gorges pastry-seeking pilgrims with all-natural gooey, crusty goodness. Pies are created the old-fashioned way with fresh fruit, free-range eggs, bona fide sweet butter, and organic milk. The menu overflows with dessert and entree treats such as pumpkin pecan pie ($15–$20), apple and cheddar quiche ($13–$18), and mocha cream pie ($15–$20). Gray House also packs 27 pub pies—including Dahl pie, an Indian blend of lentils, rice, and curry spices; meatloaf and gravy pie; and spaghetti and meatballs pie ($3.75)—giving hungry hot-rodders a selection of savory spinners to fill their wheel wells.
Specializing in high-end pastries and flavorful coffee beverages, Truffles Pastry Shop woos hard-to-get mouths, with a large selection of delicious bakery fare that changes from week to week. Snack on Hungarian nut rolls ($2.25), chocolate croissants ($2), or chocolate chunk cookies ($1), thereby adding a few delicious dashes of sweet happiness to your much-neglected food churn. Sink incisors into a tender slice of cake ($4.65), or turn on and tune in to hippie cookies ($2 apiece), fortified with distrust for the Establishment, then wash away the evidence with performance enhancing glugs of a small coffee ($1.60), or a large mocha ($3.95).
Pure Delite took the traditional cupcake and its attributes?sweetness, softness, and handheld size?and made them healthy. The shop uses strictly natural and organic ingredients, and its resulting gourmet goodies pack in less than half the calories, fat, and sugar of traditional recipes. Every week, Pure Delite rotates new flavors into its cases, which contain mainstays such as the original chocolate delite as well as gluten-free options. Specialty house coffees complement the shop's edibles, and easy-to-access nutritional information breaks down the contents of each snack.