After 13 years of treating the taste buds of Harrah, Checkerboard Café and Bakery made its move to Midwest City where it was subsequently kinged. The neighborhood nosh spot serves up a tasty array of lunch and dinner bites, complemented with fresh-baked goodies and homey charm. Start your table with an order of southwest spinach queso dip ($5.99) to share, or grab a baked snorkel and dive into a bowl of baked potato soup ($4.49). The midday menu tempts carnivores and carny voyeurs alike with juicy burgers, toasty pressed sandwiches, and blue plate specials such as chicken fried steak ($8.99), and dinner options add to said delights with an extended list of entrees. Enjoy a personalized portion of hickory smoked prime rib, served by the ounce and cooked to temperature ($1.49 per ounce), or entrust the custom-sized cranny in your belly to a plate of potato-encrusted salmon with rice pilaf ($13.99). All entrees are served with two side orders and customer-acclaimed yeast rolls.
Cookies by Design creatively crafts trays, bouquets, baskets, and other delicious arrangements of custom-baked treats. Large enough to serve at a party or top off a family dinner, cookie cakes marked with the official logo of a favorite NCAA team sweeten fans' devotion and can take the place of a dilapidated foam finger for cheering at big games. Fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookie dough combines with hand-decorated icing matching the college's signature colors and an optional personalized message (up to 25 characters), which can read "Championship Bound" or "Graduate or Else." Fans can demonstrate their dedication by devouring a cookie cake designed to honor schools such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Ohio State University, or the University of Texas. Collect your cake from the Oklahoma City storefront, or have it delivered for an extra fee.
Health Nut Cafe rolls its many wraps with both nutrition and flavor in mind. The deli's menu accommodates vegetarians and meat-seekers with sandwiches, salads, and specialty smoothies, refusing to sacrifice taste as it showcases health-conscious cooking. Catering services can furnish office meetings or luncheons with fresh alternatives to lickable business cards.
Frozen fanatics and frozen cavemen alike can blissfully ride the chilly tide of Peachwave's sweet, healthy treats. The yogurt utopia softly serves up more than 25 classic and creative flavors of all-natural dairy delights, including cheesecake, peach, coffee, coconut, guava, peanut butter, green tea, tiramisu, and lemon (flavor selection varies by location). The store also lets customers ornament their portions with a variety of tempting toppings, such as fresh banana slices, blueberries, strawberries, dried fruit, chocolate chips, Fruity Pebbles, and nuts. Because the creamy confections at Peachwave are self-serve, you'll get an excuse to don your fanciest hair net. Price is determined by the final weight of each creation ($0.39 per ounce), so think twice about sprinkling your cone of dark-matter yogurt with gold ingots.
Gene Leiterman spends his days at a culinary college teaching the art of pastry making and his evenings at CocoFlow Chocolate Cafe molding his favorite medium. His chocolate handiwork ranges from truffles infused with rose syrup to edible sculptures--he once carved a 20-pound chocolate Easter bunny, which proceeded to lay several Cadbury eggs. He's also filled the café's menu with slices of cake, fresh crepes, and hand-painted bon-bons, such as the pistachio crème with swirls of colorful cocoa butter. During CocoFlow's hands-on weekend classes, students learn to craft their own chocolates using machinery-free European techniques that they can replicate at home.
Bricktown Candy Company dazzles inner and outer children with rainbow colors of confectionary whimsy. Cherry colas, root beers, ginger ales, and orange fizzy waters ($2 each) neatly line Bricktown's bright shelves, and there's enough candy to make eyes spin like vertigo-peppermints. The succulent stock of gummies, candies, and jellybeans sell for $3.99 per half pound, and chocolates and gourmet candies sell for $4.99 per half pound. Twenty-four flavors of frozen gelati come in small ($3.50), medium ($4.25), and large ($5).
Sara Brinson loved making cupcakes with her family and friends. When she died unexpectedly in 2007, a cupcake bakery seemed a fitting way to honor her memory. Since then, executive chef Eric Smith has assembled a menu of 21 original, seasonally inspired cupcake recipes. Rather than being slathered with inches of frosting, each treat conveys its unique flavor profile with elegant minimalism. A single blueberry perches on pristine buttercream, a cluster of toasted marshmallows sits like a cloud that drifted too close to the sun atop a cocoa-puff-inspired creation, and a ring of brûléed pineapple perfectly fits an upside-down-style cakelet. Customers stopping in to pick up special orders for weddings or parties might still be tempted to sit and enjoy the sweet smells for a while inside the bakery’s two cafes, one a dollhouse of a cottage in Edmond, and the other a mod-styled, royal-frosting-white downtown space. Both locations reach out to their communities in a variety of ways, from selecting charities to benefit with their sales to date-night and family events.