The bakers at Mmmm…. Cupcakes whip up artfully decorated handheld treats in a scrumptious spectrum of traditional, gluten-free, and vegan varieties. Utilizing 30% less sugar and a full line of organic ingredients, the bakers craft cakes ranging from full-sized desserts to easily weaponized cupcake push-pops. All baking is done in the shop’s kosher-certified kitchen, allowing customers of all ilks to chomp into freshly baked bites of Butterfinger, cran-orange, or guava con queso cupcakes. Bakers also teach the basic skills of custom cupcakery in one-hour lessons, in which students learn how to decorate and devour cupcakes tastier than a fresh-baked vending machine.
At Forty Four Cafe, chefs create a daily spread of Latin American street fare and fresh-baked French pastries. Each morning, chefs set to work to layer bread with ham, mustard, and pickles for Cuban sandwiches, stuff yucas for yuca rellena, and create savory empanadas. On the sweeter side, they create both French and Latin American desserts. Fresh, flaky croissants can be paired with a wealth of toppings, and guava tarts showcase the flavors of the tropics without dousing baked goods in every scent of sunscreen.
No artificial flavors here?chefs at Eccolo Pops cut, simmer, and puree fresh fruit before pouring it into popsicle molds to make their signature Italian-sorbetto pops. Always changing with the seasons, the flavors of these hand-crafted popsicles are in constant rotation, ranging from classics such as strawberry and pear to cocktail-inspired creations that include margarita and mojito. For special occasions, patrons can solicit chefs to create customized popsicles for groups of 35 or more brain-freeze hopefuls.
First & First Southern Baking Company serves up homestyle eats and decadent desserts in its Food Network–theme restaurant. Celebrity chefs peer down from their television perches, inspiring the restaurant's menu of the network's latest culinary exploits. Southern soul seeps from entrees, such as the #12 burger, a patty of Angus beef, sun-dried tomatoes, and pepperoni covered in cheese grits, fried onion strips, lettuce, and tomato coddled by a toasted bun, and accompanied by such sides as fried apples or sweet-potato mash ($9.95). Stomach gardens blossom under the green-thumbery of the raspberry and walnut salad, tossing greens with raspberries, strawberries, feta cheese, apple, walnuts, and a drizzling of raspberry dressing ($8.95).
At 6 a.m. every morning, the denizens of Little Havana awaken to the sweet scents that escape from the kitchens of nearby Rico Bakery & Cafe. A local institution for more than 25 years, the charming bakery has earned a dedicated following due to its fresh breads, Cuban and European desserts, and steamy coffee drinks. No item, however, flies off the bakery racks faster than the pastelitos, which come with sweet or savory fillings of coconut, cheese, beef, ham, guava, or piñata candy.
New York Bagel Deli cements more than 16 bagel varieties with 20 thick, rich cream-cheese mortars, building breakfasts, lunches, and snacks from behind a quick, convenient deli counter. Bread benefactors stock 13 orbital options into a baker's dozen bagel box, prompting diners to contemplate which bagels to include, which to exclude, and which to ring-toss onto car antennae. Plain, whole-wheat, and sesame-seed bagels package classic taste, while rosemary-and-cheese and garlic bagels pop flavor into the hole-holding fare. While not included with this Groupon, guests may pair their bagel roster with a cream-cheese flavor, such as southwest lime, sundried tomato, or artichoke spread. At a coffee bar, juice bar, and smoothie station, savvy staff whip together libations that complement the baker's dozen or wash down accidentally ingested napkins.