The talented team at Heitzman Pink Box Bakery has been churning out handcrafted sweets and freshly baked goods for more than 120 years. The enticing aromas drift out from four locations, each boasting made-from-scratch meringue pies along with tangy loaves of sourdough bread. In addition to whipping up italian cream and red velvet specialty flavored cakes, the team flexes their creativity with custom varieties: they transform digital files into edible desserts and whittle sheet cakes into miniature castles or to-scale studio apartments. The bakers also personalize five shapes of wedding cake by encouraging clients to bring in their own colorful ribbons, fresh flowers, and ornaments.
Old Louisville Coffeehouse's organic coffees arrive hot or on ice in 28 varieties, and they can be accompanied by five stacked sandwiches and seven indulgent desserts. Saunter up to the shop’s wide wooden counter to order the locally roasted, in-season 16-ounce brown-sugar-cinnamon latte, or take a cup full of hand-brewed pumpkin-spice latte back to your seat to begin carving eyes and a mouth into it. Kizito cookies and pastries by Adrienne & Co. tempt taste buds to tackle dessert before dinner, leaving buffalo-chicken and turkey and swiss sandwiches to deal with culinary cleanup.
In 1937, Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the first location on South Main Street in Old Salem. Seventy-seven years later, his secret doughnut recipe lives on within hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations, serving premium sweet treats across the globe.
The entire doughnut-making process, which customers can view up close and personal at many of Krispy Kreme?s outposts, begins with fresh ingredients and ends with the click of a fluorescent sign bearing the words, "Hot Doughnuts Now." From the original, mold-breaking glazed doughnut to newer doughnut varieties, such as Chocolate Iced with Kreme Filling, Glazed Raspberry Filled, and Glazed Chocolate Cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack.
The menu at Sister Bean's Coffee House offers customers a variety of flavorful gourmet coffees, with a rotation of fresh-baked delicacies rolling in daily. Purists can opt for a large portion of fresh-brewed bean juice in its plainest form ($2). However, a small white mocha—concocted from white chocolate, espresso, and steamed milk ($3.30)—is a far better way to subdue a ravaging sweet tooth, especially when paired with a hunk of cake or a tasty pastry. Regular-sized frozen chai lattes irrigate overheated palates ($3.70), and organic sencha, a delicate Japanese green tea (regular $1.85, large $2.25), is a great brew to serve when meeting the environment's ambassador.
The founders of Buck's Restaurant and Bar approached their restaurant's design as would a landscape artist: by starting with the flowers. Inspired by "moon gardens"—collections of all-white blooms meant to reflect moonlight—they set their stage with slate-gray walls, dark wood wainscoting, and, of course, fresh white blossoms on every table. Deliberately mismatched china, sumptuous leather wingbacks, and gilt accent pieces complete this elegant Victorian tableau, which pairs seamlessly with the restaurant's home in the historic Mayflower Building.
Buck's menu of continental cuisine extends the elegance of the table to the plate itself, with entrees of grilled swordfish, cocoa-encrusted rack of lamb, and a daily risotto. The staff oversees an extensive wine list that catalogs reds and whites, domestics and imports. More than 60 bourbons go down smooth accompanied by live piano music performed by Rick Bartlett.
Diners at The Marketplace Restaurant feast their eyes on stunning surroundings while feasting on southern-style cuisine with an Italian twist. High ceilings support chandeliers dangling above a modern dining room, outfitted with exposed air ducts, brushed steel wall sconces, and a grand piano. The stone triple fireplace draws as many gasps as the relaxing porch area filled with lush hanging plants and plush wicker seating. Hanging drapes throughout the restaurant tie together the red, gold, and black color scheme while giving diners places to take cover during premeal hide 'n' seek matches. The menu, created by executive chef Dallas McGarity, draws upon a love for southern cooking and fresh ingredients to create flavorful dishes.