Mooie's furnishes unoccupied stomachs with an ample array of hot and cold comestibles in an energetic, family-oriented environment. Transform a wheat or spinach BLT wrap ($5.95) into a BATLOG wrap by adding arugula, onions, and garlic oil, or thaw out freezer-burned buds with a hot roast-beef-and-cheddar sandwich ($7.95).
Enchanting Creations specializes in edible art created under the direction of owner and head designer Karen Matamoros. Karen and her husband, Alex, decided to open the bakery shop in their backyard after living in the community for more than two decades. In their free time, they pour themselves into art-⎯expressing themselves by painting murals, designing fashion, and building custom furniture⎯and the bakery has become an additional extension of their creative sides.
In running the bakery, they take their artistic aspirations to new heights with 3-D cakes: edible sculptures that represent a variety of cartoon characters and inanimate objects, such as a ribbon-wrapped present, Spider-Man, or a giant bowling ball. Their smaller treats—including cake pops, pastries, and cupcakes—combine rich cocoa, fresh fruits, fluffy cake, and sugary sweet icing into bite-size portions and delicate desserts. Testifying to Enchanting Creations' dedication to the environment, all orders ship out in eco-friendly boxes, unlike most bakery goods, which are packaged in wasteful styrofoam boxes, surrounded by styrofoam peanuts, and topped with styrofoam sprinkles.
Le Café Bistro treats Francophile tastes with classic French dishes served in an eclectic, cozy atmosphere. Diners can choose from a slew of starters populating the varied bistro menu. Begin with authentic escargot ($7), or savor the french onion soup topped with a baked cheese-and-bread beret ($5). Classics, such as croque-monsieur sandwiches ($7), rib-eye steak with crispy frites ($15), and succulent braised-beef bourguignon served with mashed potatoes and rice ($14), give this spot a je ne sais quoi that's particularly difficult to describe. Crack through the caramelized sugar crust of a vanilla-bean crème brûlée ($5) while sipping a beverage from the drink menu, which touts various wines, beer options, and Segafredo coffee and tea.
Mo's Cakes' expert bakers whisk together cakey confections suitable for parties, holidays, or palatable presents. Excavated fresh daily from underground bundt mines, the mini, single-serving bundt cakes hold delectable depositories of cinnamon swirls within a moist golden batter. The dozen rounded sweets come packaged in a brown satin box, held together with a signature red ribbon and Pandora-themed curse.
Each Dolce Vita Gelato Cafe honors the dessert's Italian ancestry with an authentic recipe and a repertoire of 42 kosher-friendly flavors. Best-selling classics include real-bean vanilla and Belgian–style chocolate, as well as fresh, fruit-hoarding varieties such as strawberry, mango, and lemon; trailblazing palates may prefer foreign tastes such as the dulce de leche or chocolate Ferrero Rocher. Because Dolce Vita's gelato contains only 8% butterfat, the sweet, silky treats make a perfect snack option for those watching their waistline or those who typically enjoy their dessert with a side of bacon. Wrap hands around a small cup or sugar cone ($3.75–$5) or a large cup or waffle cone ($6.50 each) to get a taste of a spoon-optional sustenance that drives ice cream to shame and popsicles back to their former careers as extremely perishable traffic batons . Gelato prices may vary among store locations.
A family-run cafe with an old-timey feel, Serendipity offers delectable edibles for all sorts of occasions, dietary preferences, and sweet teeth. The menu, which is detailed on chalkboards behind the counter, features a wide selection of both tart and sweet flavors of fat-free, kosher-certified frozen yogurt. Slurp up the signature Serendipity flavor, indulgent cookies and cream, giggle-worthy cotton candy, or light, refreshing hazelnut. Serving more than just fro-yo, Serendipity's staff also scoops out non-dairy ice cream in varieties such as pistachio and sorbets in every flavor under the rainbow, including raspberry, mango cream, and rainbow. All frozen treats are $4 each for a small, $5 for a medium, and $6 for a life-altering large.
Varanda’s menu deposits delicious Brazilian cuisine in hungry stomachs, ensuring they're happily filled with ingredients from South America. Guests such as Lady Gaga and Ricky Martin have dined at Varanda’s, and the eatery can also satisfy inner celebrities with starters such as asinha de frango (chicken wings, $7.95) or pastel de queijo, a popular cheese-filled pastry ($1.95). Meat eaters can enjoy the muqueca de peixe—a fish fillet simmered in coconut sauce and spices and served with beans and rice ($13.95)—plunge their teeth into a picanha steak ($13.95), or sample linguica, a Brazilian-style sausage served with beans, rice, and a side ($12.95).