Chicken Holiday Restaurant’s chefs pressure cook chicken and flame broil ribs, among many other meats and meats of the sea that they prepare. With carry-out and delivery options available, they fill orders for holiday buffets complete with 8 pounds of ribs, chicken, jumbo shrimp, and sides, along with stocking tubs of chicken with up to 100 pieces. The staff also heats up the kitchen by roasting old yearbooks on the oven burners or cooking flounder filet or scallop dinners with french fries and sides of fried okra and apple fritters. Two flat-screen TVs—55 inches and 60 inches—broadcast NFL games to complete the ambiance.
Owner and certified pastry chef Peggy Johnson whips up tasty southern and traditional cakes and other treats using high-quality ingredients and a keen aesthetic flair. Southern sweets such as the sweet-potato pound cake and the ever-popular banana-pudding cake are available by the slice ($2.50–$3) to replace missing Trivial Pursuit pieces. The Punch Bowl cake floats strawberries, walnuts, coconut, cherries, and pineapple in a sea of whipped cream ($3/slice), and the Sock-It-To-Me cake intermixes fluffy layers with cinnamon and pecans ($2.50/slice). Peggy also waters mouths with brownies ($1.29 each), cookies ($0.50 each), and strategically placed sprinklers.
The enticing aromas of housemade cupcakes and fried sweet-potato pies waft from Slice of Grace Bakery Boutique’s kitchen, where a team of bakers concocts new variations on traditional Southern treats. Their penchant for integrating unusual flavors into old-fashioned desserts has earned them national attention on programs such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Cupcake Wars.
The bakery’s recent surge in popularity hasn’t changed its formula for success; the bakers still start from scratch early each morning, filling the shop’s display case with frosting-swirled cupcakes in flavors such as strawberry shortcake, chocolate peanut butter, and maple-bacon cider topped with sprinkles of actual bacon. Fans of the miniature treats can build their own full-size cake, as the bakery’s gallery of custom creations will attest. Aside from their flagship cakes and fluffy whoopie pies, boxed lunches with a sandwich, a choice of side, a cupcake, and utensils for mixing all three together offer a change of pace.
Stir Crazy Cafe outfits its quaint dining room and sun-soaked patio with all the accouterments for a cozy afternoon. Baristas brew steaming cups of Rostov's coffee and Black Hand espresso drinks. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, cooks fill the shop with the scent of pastries, wraps, and sandwiches, all of which pair nicely with the selection of wines and beers. Giving guests all the incentive they need to leave room for dessert, they also serve up Pearl's Cupcakes and a collection of fresh pies.
Umami is a portal into an aromatic world of freshly roasted gourmet coffees and exotic, premium loose-leaf teas. Tea samples are available every day so that customers can try before they buy, but knowledgeable staff members are also on hand to explain which teas flaunt specific health benefits. Opt for blended wellness teas, such as the cold-and-flu fighter, which contains echinacea and elderflowers, or sip diet tea blends that boost metabolism. Patrons can cruise the Net on complimentary WiFi while noshing on a baby spinach salad crowned with feta and fruity vinaigrette dressing ($6.95), or tame a full-force grumblestorm with hearty sandwiches and homemade desserts. Umami also offers teatime packages that include tastings of different teas, sandwich samples, assorted pastries, and more ($10.99–$15.99 per person).
Idyllic memories seem to be baked right into each of the desserts at Mo's Sweet Minis. A bite of a marshmallow-frosted s’mores cupcake, for example, might trigger flashbacks of a flickering campfire, and the jelly-filled peanut-butter cupcake might take one back to the sandwich days of childhood. There seems to be a flavor for every mood.
The bakers crack eggs, sift flour, and measure out sugar to bake treats fresh and build giant dough-snowmen each day. Cupcakes aren’t their only specialty; they also offer cookies, banana pudding, and other sweets. If desired, they’ll concoct low-fat and low-sugar versions of their desserts. Patrons can also request event packages with cupcake towers, tablecloths, napkins, and special menus.
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.