At Cafe Creme Coffee Shop and Bakery, baristas pour fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks as the kitchen staff prepares crisp salads, hearty sandwiches, and house-made baked goods. Elegantly presented cupcakes accompany a selection of pies, cheesecakes, and custom-made cakes for birthdays and showers. Diners cross the checkered floor and settle at wooden tables, which are illuminated by studio lighting in a cozy environment permeated by WiFi and the comforting whispers of invisible fairy godmothers.
Once, upon adding the finishing whiskers to her custom wedding cake, Cherie stared in horror at what she had done. The cake looked exactly like an armadillo: beady eyes, bulbous armor, spindly claws. Concerned with its semblance to the rodent, Cherie insisted that her client come by and assess the cake before making her final decision to present it as her wedding centerpiece. The bride-to-be let out a squeal of joy. “I love it! It’s exactly what I wanted.” Cherie let out a sigh of relief.
Cherie, who has been decorating cakes for 30 years, admits that there’s no accounting for taste. Despite her personal opinions on armadillos, she was heartened by her client’s elation, which is ultimately why she began baking in first place. “It’s so much fun watching kids eat their first birthday cake that you’ve worked on for hours, or to get thank-you notes from brides who say your cake tastes just as good a year later, at their one-year anniversary.”
To ensure that smiles and thank-you notes continue to pour in, Cherie collaborates with clients to design the ideal treat for their celebrations. She reviews photos with them during in-person consultations, and even requests napkins and invitations in order to design a cake to complement each event’s aesthetic. After assembling her cakes, she swathes their fluffy exteriors with her sherry cream frosting, which adds an oaky and sweet finish.
Sizzling fajitas, grilled shrimp, and overstuffed burritos emerge steaming from the kitchen at El Patron Mexican Restaurant. Those who can’t settle on just one dish can pick 1 of 25 combination plates that brim with tacos, enchiladas, chili rellenos, and other south-of-the-border favorites. They can bolster their spicy feasts with lime, mango, strawberry, or peach margaritas, which they can enjoy frozen, on the rocks, or through the bell of a mariachi player’s trumpet.
At the cozy eatery of Cravings Bakery & Cafe, founder Barbie Baumler satisfies jonesings for sweet pick-me-ups and hearty meals alike. Cupcakes ranging from rose-hued strawberry champagne to sumptuous devil?s chocolate share the glass-fronted display case with chocolate truffles and pie. Alternatively, complete breakfasts, lunches, and dinners incorporate the greatest hits of American diners, filling rumbling stomachs with waffles, fried catfish, and pizzas with unconventional toppings, such as the bacon cheeseburger pie. For nuptials and other events?including football Sundays?Cravings? inventive caterers can craft custom spreads, from artfully frosted wedding cakes to cookies that stand in for cymbals during rock concerts.
On nearly every wall at The 5th Down Bar & Grill hangs at least one flat screen TV, beaming in all manner of sports to give revelers their fill of up-to-the-minute scores, triumphs, and defeats. As they hunker down to decimate orders of hand-breaded appetizers or big plates of wings, diners can lock horns over games of Keno or enjoy their pub favorites on the outdoor patio.
As Quiznos toasted subs emerge slowly from the oven, guests first sense a toasty aroma, followed by a glimpse of artisan bread crisped to a golden brown, with cheese bubbling over meat such as all-natural chicken, tender prime rib, and italian meatballs. Next, sandwich-smiths layer on fresh veggies and top culinary creations with pestos, sauces, and premium spreads.The menu's first-rate ingredients form a fleet of classic and signature subs, including the baja chicken, which comes adorned with bacon, cheddar, onions, and a drizzle of sweet and spicy sauces. Savory grilled flatbreads and sub sliders extend options beyond the standard sub, and vegetable and meat combinations form fresh salads, which staffers can easily metamorphose into wraps by cocooning them inside Italian-herb tortillas. Customers can stop in for lunch, dash in and out to enjoy a park-bench dinner, or bring their unicycle to juggle their meal home.
Macaroni and cheese might not seem the likeliest of pizza toppings, but CiCis Pizza serves just such noodle-topped, cheesy creation at the buffet and in to-go boxes. Traditional, thin crust, and deep dish pizzas, dotted with toppings such as jalapenos, Italian-style sausage, and pineapple, pair with garden salads, garlic breadsticks, and apple dessert pizza, all of which may be feasted on at home or as a part of the appetizing buffet.