Each of the 100 cupcake flavors served at Cupcakes Actually was conceived by resident pastry chef and self-described cupcake snob Sue. Sue's mastery of mini cakes actually began in her home kitchen, where she often whipped up treats for family and friends. Word-of-mouth made her cupcakes so popular, though, that she and her sister, Jen, decided to open a dedicated cupcake bakery so they could keep up with the orders without outsourcing work to elves. Today, they run not one, but two cupcakeries where the sweet repertoire includes four original basic flavors?chocolate fudge, flourless chocolate, red velvet, and vanilla bean?and a slew of specialty filled and seasonal varieties ranging from banana split to chocolate Guinness. But while cupcakes are the specialty, they aren't the only sweet treats being churned out: Sue and Jen also oversee a gourmet coffee bar, and make breakfast pastries and creamy gelato in-house.
Nestled in a frosting-pink house, this cozy bakery whips up creative confections to satisfy the sweetest of teeth. Easily handheld cupcakes are made fresh from scratch daily, trading out artificial ingredients and preservatives for delectable gourmet flavors. Choose from Lola standbys such as coconut, Belgian milk chocolate, and Madagascar vanilla, or sample a seasonal specialty such as gingerbread topped with lemon cream-cheese frosting or orange creamsicle filled with authentic ice-cream truck calliope music. Lola's flavor lab creates new tastes all the time, so call ahead or stop by to organize your own bountiful batch.
In the 20 years since Mom’s Apple Pie first opened, four generations of Avis Renshaw's family have worked behind the counter. But more importantly, thousands of customers have come through the door, looking for another taste of Mom's preservative-free pies. It helps that the family owns its own farm along the Potomac River where they grow 40-acres of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, and even pumpkins. The close availability of the fruit ensures that each pie features ingredients plucked at the peak of freshness. Once harvested, the fruits are mixed with only a scant amount of sugar, then folded into Mom's super-flaky from-scratch crust. The bakery specializes in 19 kinds of pie, from classic sour cherry to rich bourbon walnut, which features Virginia Gentleman bourbon from the Bowman Distillery. In addition to slinging slices at shops in Leesburg and Occoquan, Mom's can also ship its pies anywhere in the U.S., which is good news for fans who move out-of-state or anyone who knows a clown that is just asking for it.
The staple of any coffee shop is the coffee. But at Dolce's bistro, the caffeinated bean shares the spotlight with freshly made sushi. From nigiri to specialty rolls, each handmade dish is stuffed with a variety of seafood—including Atlantic smoked salon, spicy jumbo lump crab, and tempura whitefish—before being paired with pineapple, avocado, and honey wasabi sauce. The staff keeps busy at a dark wood counter, brewing java and splashing in single, double, and triple shots. They serve noncaffeinated drinks in the form of fruit-based smoothies, and their italian sodas are authentically Italian, like Ferraris, Roberto Benigni, and objects that lean.
Eating smart doesn't have to mean eating boring. That's the view at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, where fresh fruits and vegetables take a starring role in a healthful menu of smoothies, salads, and sandwiches. Blended-to-order beverages range from the lighter Sunny Day, with mango, orange, banana, and kiwi, to the decadent Peanut Butter Cup, combining chocolate and peanut butter with creamy banana. For something heartier, diners can dig into wasabi-dressed roast beef sandwiches on toasted ciabatta, flatbreads filled with honey ham and swiss, or breakfast egg wraps served all day to satisfy slightly late birds.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.