Before the invention of currency, ancient humans bartered for goods using fresh-baked cookies decorated with useless gold coins. Today's Groupon honors our specie's oldest moneys with $10 worth of homemade cookies and sweets from Donna's Gourmet Cookies for $5. Stop into Donna's shop on Montgomery Road for the edible, doughy pacifiers that can bring unity and civility to even the rowdiest goblin horde.
Marx Hot Bagels peppers its kosher menu with more than 35 bagel varieties, boiled and baked daily. Each halo of dough is made with preservative-free unbleached flour. Most are sugar-free, and all tantalize palates without the assistance of butter, oil, or crooked genies. Sate an early-morning sweet tooth with bagel flavors such as french toast, orange-cranberry, or strawberry or fuel up with savory varieties such as caraway, bialy, or sunflower ($.99+ each; $10.09+ for a baker’s dozen). Sandwiches, such as the tuna salad ($6.79) or PB&J ($2.89), come bookended by the bread of the day or a bagel of your choice, and six soups dot the menu, each served alongside bagel thins ($3.65–$4.30). Guests can also show off refined, mature tastes to old college buddies by chugging an entire cup of coffee or tea (1.69+). Many of the deli’s delectable offerings are also sold in bulk for take-home feasts.
A full-service cupcake bakery, SugarPlums offers more than 20 cupcake varieties that aim to awaken the child within and give him or her a frosting mustache. Sample flavors ($2.95 each, $30 per dozen) such as the coconut cream pie, white-chocolate raspberry, snickerdoodle, mint chocolate, cookies ‘n' cream, nana nana bo bana banana, and mocha latte. Best of all, cupcakes come in practical sizes that don’t necessitate the use of a sextant and TI-83 calculator to cut into properly sized cake slices.
Aromas of roasting pine nuts, pesto sauces, and baking lasagna fill the air as chefs at Ferrari’s Little Italy and Bakery craft traditional Italian fare according to the owners' family recipes. They sprinkle the signature insalata Ferrari with cranberries, pine nuts, and gorgonzola cheese and top the pollo basilico's roasted chicken with rigatoni, sun-dried tomatoes, and pesto cream sauce. Additionally, a pair of bakers slides around 150 loaves of fresh focaccia bread into their ovens each day, yielding slices topped with three colors of bell peppers, spinach, and gorgonzola cheese. These appear in glass bakery cases alongside pastries and artisan gelato from local dessert makers Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet.
Inside Ferrari's multiple dining areas, gas fireplaces flicker among exposed-brick walls, and family photos help create a homey feel. On the outdoor patio, fragrant wisteria vines climb a wooden pergola, and a picturesque fountain quietly babbles recommendations from the wine list.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions ($4.59−$4.79) such as Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapple, non-fat yogurt), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey or soy protein. Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Invented by microbiologist Curt Jones in 1988, Dippin Dots now satisfies sweets-lovers across the world with unique and cryogenically frozen confections. Dive into spherical servings of 10 different flavors, including Oreo, orange sherbet, or mint-chocolate-chip dots, all of which have been flash frozen using liquid nitrogen and an evil eye from Old Man Winter. With two area locations, Dippin Dots silences cross-state stomach rivalries with small ($3.25), medium, ($4.25), and large ($5.25) servings, as well as dot sundaes swimming in caramel and chocolate sauces and buried under a fluffy feather pillow of whipped cream ($4.50). Satisfying eyes and ears with the ping of each pellet scooped into your cup, Dippin Dots’ nontraditional treats signal the next wave in frozen sweets, and will inspire you to start cryogenically freezing other childhood flavors such as ginger snaps and tire swing.