Cake.'s simple, no-nonsense business name belies a menu full of elegant dessert creations, custom-made in stunning shapes for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and family celebrations in a wide range of flavors and fillings. Proprietor Michelle Ryan got her start in the baking trade at the age of eight, working in the kitchen making cookies and cakes alongside her childhood neighbor, Mr. Lewis. After years of delighting family and friends with her delicious desserts, Ryan turned her hobby into a career. Now, her handmade creations frequently appear in wedding banquet spreads, Hollywood feature films, and kitchens throughout the Boston area. Ryan wills into existence multi-tier wedding cakes clothed in creamy fondant, grooms' cakes in novelty shapes, and custom-made cupcakes in flavors such as Ghiradelli fudge, bittersweet mocha, and red velvet.
If the name wasn’t enough of a clue, a close-to-empty donut case at 11 a.m. reveals the main draw of Linda's Donuts. Owner John, who has handcrafted donuts at Linda’s since 1982, rolls and shapes dough in the back while his wife, son, and daughter work the front of house, greeting customers, taking orders, and complimenting sock choices.
Customers line up for flavors such as chocolate-glazed and honey-dipped, waiting to dunk them into steaming cups of coffee while catching up on work using the shop’s free WiFi. After the donuts run out, customers turn to hearty sandwiches and burgers for lunch.
Cafe Burrito's crew stuffs tortillas with ingredients such as chili-lime chicken, cotija cheese, and zesty pickled veggies to craft its hefty Mission-style burritos, which epitomize the handheld meal. The menu also features other creative fare, such as Mexican-style grilled-cheese sandwiches, which showcase cheese melted over pork carnitas or pulled barbecue chicken, and pickled veggies. Diners can also top their food with special-made salsas crafted from fruits such as peach or apple, which rotate monthly to keep palates surprised.
Behind Moozy's marble counter, beneath a chalkboard menu teeming with multicolored words, there sits a veritable mountain range of ice cream and sundae toppings. And that's to say nothing of the self-serve frozen yogurt machines, which churn out low-fat flavors such as blueberry tart and creamy vanilla. If you're daunted by the variety of frozen desserts (30+ flavors of ice cream, plus a dozen yogurt flavors), start with something savory from the sandwich and salad menu.
Whether it's the size of a dixie cup or enough to fill the bathtub, at Yeh! Yogurt, customers are in control of their servings. Amid fuchsia walls and bright-green accents, customers pull the levers on self-serve machines as the low-calorie, nonfat delight swirls into their containers. Available flavors rotate monthly and seasonally and include options such as fudge and marshmallow, spicy pumpkin, cake batter, and piña colada. More than 40 toppings such as candies, chocolates, nuts, and farthings cascade over yogurt peaks. Other sweet options include crepes, smoothies, and coffee drinks.