To Chef Robbie E., baking a tasty cake is all about attention detail and quality ingredients. The Le Cordon Bleu alumnus and her team craft custom decorated cakes with finite decorative attention. The result are modern, cleanly designed creations culled from organic flavors and spices, unbleached flour and cream. Gluten- and egg-free cakes can be made upon request.
In 1937, something hot, delicious, and glazed rolled through the sleepy town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Seventy-five years later, Vernon Rudolph's secret doughnut recipe lives on within the hundreds of Krispy Kreme locations scattered across the globe as well as within the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History, where Krispy Kreme is heralded as a 20th-century American icon.
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 ice Kreme, glazed raspberry, and glazed chocolate cake, each round dainty pairs with piping-hot coffee for a compact snack easily tucked into a pocket or clown shoe.
On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added grilled chicken, hot dogs, barbecue beef, and pork sandwiches to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
Pink Papaya Frozen Yogurt welcomes patrons into a sweet cyclone of frozen yogurt, plentiful café tables, and bright swirls of pastel green and pink décor. The family-owned treat shop doles out 20 self-serve flavors of fro-yo, filled with immunity- and digestion-boosting live and active cultures. After choosing chilly cup foundations, sundae artists can build on their yogurt's base with more than 50 toppers, such as breakfast cereal, fresh fruit, and cookie crumbles. Flat-screen TVs offer additional entertainment to guests as they lick their spoons, and free WiFi keeps laptop users busy so that other guests can sneak up and lick their spoons.
Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.