The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 16 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972?the company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012?and now shares its oven-mastery with three other Toledo-area locations as well as one in Ann Arbor, MI.
Great American Cookies freshly bakes a wide range of dentist-defying goodies, including a variety of fresh-baked brownies and cookies such as white chunk macadamia, M&Ms, pecan supreme, and snickerdoodle. Relive the wonderment of being a wide-eyed youngster without being zapped by a shrinking ray gun by frisbeeing a Big Bite ($0.89) or Double Doozie ($1.99) cookie right into the kisser. Pick up a half dozen regular cookies ($7.99) or hone gift-giving skills before the holidays with a heart-shaped tin ($16.99) of cookie creations. Quench sweetly inspired thirst with a regular 20 oz. fountain soda ($1.59) or a nice tall glass of even more cookies.
The bright blue awning that hangs in front of General’s Ice Cream matches the old-fashioned blue-and-white-checkered floor inside. Within these quaint confines, friendly servers work the taps on soft serve ice cream machines and scoop out 15 or more flavors of hard dipped ice cream. These tasty treats serve as the basis for more than 20 kinds of sundae, which join slushes and milkshakes on the menu of indulgent desserts. As guests lick toppings off of freshly packed cones or meticulously re-organize rainbow sprinkles by color, they can pause to admire the sports-themed décor, which includes Anthony Wayne General’s jerseys and team photos.
Sugary sculptures of characters such as Yoda, Hello Kitty, and Barbie grace custom cakes at Cherry Tree Bakery and Floral, where confectioners also whip up muffins, scones, and other baked goods from scratch each day. For heartier appetites, they also prepare café fare ranging from oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon or dried cranberries to salads, sandwiches, and soups. Additionally, florists pack a glass display case with flowers fashioned into artful bouquets or trompe l'oeil donuts.
Helmed by a dedicated baker and mother of seven, 7 Little Cupcakes offers customers an impressive selection of gourmet cupcakes, custom cakes, and fun creations such as little cupcakes in a jar. The awe-inspiring menu of flavors rivals a con artist?s fake-mustache collection and includes more than 100 different varieties that rotate daily. In addition to standard cupcakes, seldom-seen treats such as gooey cupcake dippers and adorable bite-size cupcake sandwiches also vie for customers? affection. Made with high-quality ingredients, 7 Little Cupcake?s creations are available in gluten-free formulas.
At Babycakes2go, the baker tends to tiny cakes in dozens of flavors, including chocolate-covered pretzel, chocolate-covered bacon, or chai-latte concoctions topped with a swirl of nutmeg whipped frosting. In addition to ready-to-go treats, a cakeologists can also layer their signature cakes, fillings, and frostings in deliciously down-home Babycakes2go jars, a quaint mason jar brimming with a sundae-like amalgamation meant to be enjoyed via spoons or old-fashioned country chopsticks. Orders are placed by phone and can be picked up at O-Deer Diner and Ice Cream Shop, or can be delivered.