Using the Wilton Method?which has been perfected more than 85 years?the cake artisans at Bianca's Designs lead specialized classes, during which they share their knowledge with curious students. Teaching everything from simple basics to specialty courses focusing on crafting fondant flowers or decorating an entire topsy-turvy cake, instructors show students how to work with gum paste, pliable and smooth fondant, and the unmatched power that comes with spelling congratulations correctly in icing. The bakers also craft their own special-order cakes and cupcakes, designing custom sweets for special events, parties, and weddings.
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 such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), 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 ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
The Cake House & More's first-rate confectionery-crafters whip up a staggering selection of cakes, cookies, and cupcakes that are made from scratch each day. Handheld and homemade from family recipes, The Cake House's mouthwatering cake-grenades ignite taste sensors with flavorsome bursts of key lime, carrot, german chocolate, or coconut topped with buttercream or chocolate icing. Red velvet cupcakes save the living room drapes by swathing tongues in a more palate-friendly fabric, while dessert devotees who measure the value of their sweets solely by weight can trade today's Groupon for one-dozen rich pound cake cupcakes.
Cuisine Type: American fast food
Most popular offering: Ice cream, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Established: Before 1950
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Store has been remodeled; new atmosphere and private parking lot.
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 hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken 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.