It would take weeks to sample every single flavor of shaved ice at Mambo Freeze—after tasting all of the traditional flavors such as lemon and apple, there are still over a hundred imaginative varieties to try. The little shaved ice stand offers more than 200 varieties of the frozen treat, including unconventional flavors such as jalapeno stinger and buttered popcorn, along with a slew of sugar-free options. Servers top the frosty treats in an array of rich toppings, from ice cream to caramel.
A 2010–2011 recipient of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business of the Year award, Phoenix Rising Bakery crafts a scrumptious bounty of handmade breads, sweets, and other golden-crusted butter vessels. Each batch of artisan bread dough is kneaded to life over the course of two days using all-natural and organic ingredients, and then baked in a traditional wood-fired brick oven. Accompany morning cups of coffee or tea-time chalices of mead with a fresh and flavorsome cinnamon roll ($3). Nonsweet breads are available in flavors such as sourdough, rosemary, and whole wheat, and freshly prepared 10" pizza crusts ($7 for a pack of four) make perfect canvases for homemade pies or anchovy haikus.
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The aromas of vanilla and cinnamon lure passersby into La Mexicana Bakery, where they are confronted with a rich landscape speckled with scarlet poinsettias and green cacti. Joining these floras on the dining room’s wall-length mural is an illustration of a village baker pulling sweet breads from a fiery oven.
Fortunately, the bakery’s three-dimensional treats are just as enticing. The Becerra family opened the bakery more than two decades ago, and it continues to stay true to the tastes of the family's native Querétaro and Guanajuato with a selection of traditional Mexican pastries that includes bolillo and telera bread. With advance notice, they can customize cakes in flavors such as chocolate and tres leches to help celebrate weddings and quinceañeras or hail the arrival of a new coffee percolator.
Open around the clock, the bakery also serves savory Querétaro-style enchiladas rojas and breakfast tacos that stack eggs and cactus atop warm, homemade flour tortillas.
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop satiates sweet teeth with a menu of savory, sweet, and vegan cupcakes using high quality ingredients. The James Brown cupcakes entertain taste muscles with mouthwatering mojo crafted from chocolate cake slathered in chocolate butter-cream icing and spangled with festive sprinkles. Marilyn Monroe cupcakes—buttery vanilla batter topped with madagascar bourbon and vanilla butter-cream icing—create palate pleasing flavors and a sultry singing voice.
The salty hint of peanut butter contrasts the velvety tang of fresh cream and the bitter spice of dark chocolate and chilies within a scoop of peanut-butter mole. This type of flavor complexity is common at Ice Cream Social, reflecting Lee and Meredith Dockery’s commitment to elevating ice cream from mere dessert to gourmet delicacy. They perch a rotating cast of ambrosial ice creams and sorbets inside chocolate-dipped waffle cones, adorning them with haute toppings such as cardamom-toasted coconut and miniature top hats.
The scoops are all the more striking considering they originate from a modest bus parked on Jessie Street. Once patrons have collected their treats from the window, they can savor them in the surrounding parking lot outfitted with umbrella-shaded tables and the occasional live band.