A non-profit destination for fresh-brewed coffee and gourmet sandwiches, SkyTop Cafe is powered by Elevate Church, with all profits going toward community outreach programs. Each morning, the staff brews fresh batches of One Village Coffee served alongside a variety of breakfast options, including egg sandwiches and bagels. For the remainder of the day, they construct sandwiches lined with fresh ingredients such as zesty pesto, turkey, and sun-dried tomatoes. On Friday evenings, SkyTop stays open late to host open mic, karaoke, and live jazz.
Entering Marlam Cafe is like taking a step back into the good ol’ days. After guests slide into plush red booths, which are set atop shiny checkerboard floors, they peruse a menu of classic American favorites, such as burgers, wings, root-beer floats, and hand-spun milk shakes. The old-school vibe carries into the eatery’s weekly line-dancing lessons and karaoke nights, all of which furthers Marlam Cafe’s mission to serve up an experience to families that’s equally as entertaining as it is tasty.
Deliteful Events may have the word "lite" in its name, but its menus have plenty of opportunity for indulgence. Bakers decorate and layer cakes for occasions ranging from kids' birthdays to weddings, each with a huge number of flavor, filling, and icing options. Those range from the homey—applesauce cake and cream-cheese frosting, for instance—to intriguing gourmet blends such as white-chocolate banana cake. Served in a cozy cafe and at catered events, the savory side of the menu holds juicy sandwiches, classic salads, and comfort cuisine such as meatloaf.
Regardless of what time of day you teleport into Café Lily, Chef Anthony Pitillo has a menu that plots out a plan of tasty attack for every meal. Start your Sunday morning in luxuriously late fashion with a brunch mimosa ($6) and a specialty plate of beignets de crabe Benedict, which tops two of Chef Anthony's signature lump crab cakes with poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and diced tomatoes and serves it with homestyle potatoes ($15.95). Or indulge in a lunch menu served daily. Dinner diners can keep things social and free of knife fights by sharing a tapas starter of calamari a la plancha, calamari (not breaded or fried) on a sizzling platter with olive oil, garlic, scallions, and fresh lemon ($9.95), before moving on to classics such as pinchitos, lamb tenderloin rubbed tenderly with a special blend of Spanish spices, chargrilled, topped with salsa verde and manchego, and served with sautéed white sweet potatoes (when available) and fresh green beans ($21.95). The stuffed, pan-seared filet mignon ($26.95) comes filled with mushrooms, fresh herbs, toasted pignolas, and gorgonzola, drizzled in an Amontillado-sherry sauce, and served with polenta and mushroom pisto. Several entree options are also available in half-size portions and are best chased with an equally decadent dessert of homemade tiramisu or gluten-free torta ciocolatta topped with fresh Chantilly cream (both $6.95). Café Lily also recently opened a separate tapas lounge with its own distinct menu.
Ebonie Hughes has had an affinity for baking since she was a child, making cakes in her Easy Bake Oven and longing to help make cakes at her mother's bakery. After years of honing her talent decorating and baking cakes—even doing it to earn extra income while in college, instead of selling lesson plans to unprepared teachers like the other students—she decided to open her own business, Scrumptious Cakery.
Using recipes perfected over generations, Ebonie creates cakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, key lime, and classic butter swirled with chocolate. She then swirls buttercream-cream-based icings on top of the sweets. Her classic butter cake with vanilla buttercream icing is the cakery's most popular pick.
Sweet Tooth founder Chalandra "Missy" Strickland discovered her talent for baking and pastry decorating in 2004, just before her daughter's seventh birthday. With little money to spare, she baked a cake shaped like SpongeBob SquarePants, and the rest was history: her daughter's delight upon seeing it gave her the inspiration to continue perfecting her trade.
Sweet Tooth's selection of cupcake flavors runs the gamut from traditional red velvet to unconventional Bacon-licious, and several of each occupy a gleaming glass case at the café's entrance. During the day, sunlight illuminates the playful lime ceiling and cushy detached backboards of the café as patrons sip espresso drinks, trawl the Internet, and nibble on sandwiches or pastries. As night falls, the café slips on a more glamorous feel as Sweet Tooth's plated dessert menu becomes available. Adult taste buds delight in alcohol-infused cupcakes ¬and the more complex flavors of the Turtle Delight, a caramel-and-pecan brownie supporting a generous scoop of ice cream.
Sweet Tooth's baking sages also educate blossoming bakers on decorating and desserts. Dessert-tasting sessions delight with 8–10 bite-size confections, and decorating lessons help finesse frosting dexterity as students drape cake stand-ins in fondant and adorn cupcakes with tiny flowers or weekend to-do lists.