The owners of Sweet Spot Cake Pops bake each of the company’s confections at home before packing them up for delivery to homes and offices in the area. They specialize in cupcakes and cake pops, bite-sized balls of cake and frosting that are speared on a lollipop stick and then coated in a colorful chocolate shell. The tiny desserts are available in four flavors: red velvet, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Sweet Spot Cake Pops can also create customized cake pops for holidays, themed birthday parties, or the most delicious ransom note ever.
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Gorge on gluten-free goodies with today's Groupon. For $10, you'll get $25 worth of breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and gourmet drinks at The Little Aussie Bakery & Café, a carby kingdom serving loaves that are rumored to make customers weep tears of joy and drool salivas of happiness.
A former registered nurse, Rita Sturzbecher mastered the art of preparing allergy-friendly eats to accommodate the specific dietary needs of her five children. With the aim of applying her talent to a larger scale, she opened the bakery with fellow nurse John Apostolovic, and now has quite a friendly staff to keep the place running. Stop in before five for yummy lunches, such as the soup of the day ($4.95 cup; $5.95 bowl), house salad ($7.95), or fresh-baked, aged-cheddar quiche with salad ($9.95). The Little Aussie also serves heartier entrees, including the big bloke sandwich ($7.95), with roast beef or chicken, meat gravy and melty baby swiss; or the vegetable lasagna with cilantro pesto ($9.95). Sip some triple- industrial-strength coffee ($1.89) alongside or cap off the meal with one of the bakery's decadent desserts.
On Sundays, look forward to a well-edited brunch menu, featuring gluten-free versions of such morning staples as waffles with berries and cream ($7.95 for single, $9.95 double), French toast ($7.95), or eggs Benedict ($9.95). On Fridays, you get a complimentary glass of wine when you order a pizza. The Little Aussie Bakery & Café is open Tuesday through Thursday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (add a dollar more to all food purchases other than pizza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays); and on Sunday for brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Yelpers and a single Yahoo! Local give The Little Aussie Bakery & Café a perfect five-star rating. Further, 94% of Urbanspooners recommend it:
- The breads are very good, the service is excellent, and the menu has something for everyone. The desserts are quite delicious. – Wayne Martinez, Urbanspoon
- Best gluten-free breads and sweets I've tasted! – Grace, Yahoo! Local
After being widowed in 1982, Ruby Lorraine Feagan, better known as Tootie, began supporting her family one pie at a time, building her reputation as she won a succession of baking contests throughout Texas hill country. Investor Don Merrill came into the fold after reading a flattering article in Southern Living magazine and subsequently tasting one of Tootie's crusty, buttery, 6-pound apple pies. Today, Tootie and her daughter continue to ensure the quality of Tootie Pie Co. Gourmet Café's 13 signature pie flavors — which also include lemon velvet, coconut supreme, and the Rachael Ray–praised pumpkin pie — as they're carefully crafted and delivered to customers' homes nationwide. The bakery's burgeoning fame has extended to the Food Network's Kid in a Candy Store, which featured Tootie's pie-on-a-stick, slices of signature desserts skewered and dipped in chocolate.
Inside Tootie's café, the menu of gourmet sandwiches includes sweet chicken salad with red grapes and pecans and italian grilled chicken panini with roasted red pepper and pesto or chipotle mayo. Sips of house coffee and espresso-based Milan mochas clear palates between bites better than vigorously shaking them Etch A Sketch–style.
Though Suzanne, a native of the New York City suburbs, enjoyed living throughout the country with her husband John, she always missed New York–style bagels, which led the pair to open their first Bagel Factory in Augusta, Georgia and then another in San Antonio. Bakers craft New York–style bagels in 21 flavors, such as asiago cheese, cinnamon crunch, and everything. Each one can be paired with 10 flavors of cream cheese, including raspberry chipotle and serrano pepper. In addition to bagels, the menu offers sandwiches and salads along with breakfast eats and includes Bagelaches composed of bagel dough wrapped around locally made Kiolbassa-brand sausage and can be stuffed with various items, including cheese, sauerkraut, or bacon. Freshly baked bread or bagels hug deli lunch sandwiches made with Boar's Head ingredients, such as the Carpenter with turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce. Additionally, sips of regular coffee and espresso drinks from Community Coffee prepare visitors for long nights of dumping grass clippings down neighbors' chimneys.
When the Perry and Burke families joined forces to open Sweet n Swirly, they shared a vision of promoting a healthier alternative to ice cream. Neither family could have predicted, however, how quickly that vision would catch on.
Today, visitors stream into a trio of cheery, welcoming locations in Kentucky and Indiana, eagerly sidling up to self-serve stations that protrude from walls painted in vibrant pinks and purples. These stations pump out 10 creamy flavors at any given time, including no-sugar-added options and nondairy sorbets.
The ever-changing lineup of flavors runs the gamut from refreshing to decadent. On one side of the spectrum are tart, summery variations such as blueberry, ginger lemonade, and non-dairy sorbet, whereas choices inspired by more traditional desserts include peanut butter and root-beer float. A candy wall proffers toppings such as jellybeans and chocolate sunflower seeds.
Unlike many kolacky-bakers, the owners of Kolache Stop don't have Czech heritage or recipes passed down through generations to guide them. Rather, they let their passion for the dense Central-European pastry bloom into a menu of unconventional breakfast, lunch, and dessert options. Fillings range from traditional fruit and cream cheese to jalapeño, pulled pork, and other Southwestern ingredients that the owners have dubbed "Tex-Czech." They also veer from tradition by putting their fillings inside rather than on top of every fluffy pastry bun.
Besides its titular snacks—which are baked fresh onsite every day—Kolache Stop charms sweet teeth with cinnamon rolls, cinnamon twists, and sticky buns on the weekends. Whether guests take their treats to go or stay to use free WiFi in the café, they can wash down their baked goods with coffees ground in-house, low-fat frappes, and smoothies made from real fruit rather than vegetables in disguise.