Glass cases and racks of fresh bread dominate National Bakery & Deli’s three locations, which bake all of their goods fresh daily. Founded in 1925, the bakery continually recreates classic recipes for a menu that includes glazed doughnuts, frosted cookies, and cherry-filled coffee cake, as well as hard rolls and french bread. Deli fare includes baked ham, seasonal polish sausage, and several varieties of potato salad. In addition to their staples and custom cake orders, the bakery creates seasonal specialties that range from spring’s grasshopper pie and irish soda bread to winter’s gingerbread men and icy snowman souls. Every Mardi Gras, the bakery churns out piles of prune- and raspberry-filled paczki in a celebrated rush that has drawn great press—though patrons can make every Tuesday fat by perusing their year-round paczki selection.
The owners of Sven's Café pride themselves on being ahead of their time—when Steve Goretzko and his business partner George Voglis began roasting in 1989, they were among the first in Wisconsin to specialize in fair-trade and organic coffee. After Sven’s Organic Coffee Company began to take off, Goretzko decided to open Sven’s Café in Bay View; eventually, he added another location in downtown Milwaukee.
Goretzko hails from Berlin, and Sven’s Café has a decidedly European feel; baristas use Probot and Gothot German roasters to brew fresh java, for example. Sven’s coffee beans hail from the world over, harvested in far-flung locales including Africa, Indonesia, South America, Hawaii, and the moon. The café also serves breakfast sandwiches, paninis, salads, and soups.
At Rich’s House of Cakes, cake designers create towering, artistic pastries for weddings and celebrations of all kinds. Cakes are made from scratch with all-natural ingredients and served as tortes, with fillings such as custard, chocolate fudge, or blueberry running between two layers of cake. Specialty fillings such as amaretto, Oreo cookie, and cream cheese add a personal touch to custom cakes without the hassle of making them into a life-sized mold of your face.
Exquisite Cupcakes' talented chefs bake each tasty treat to order, creating colorful, mouthwatering desserts like cake pops, cupcakes, and lemon-iced cookies. Clients celebrate birthdays and banquets with gourmet cupcakes in flavors such as peanut butter, chocolate, strawberry shortcake, and s'mores. Desserts can even become an element of an event's decor with candy buffets and spreads of chocolate-covered treats like pretzels, strawberries, and marshmallows.
At CherryBerry Self Serve Yogurt Bar, customers grab spacious yogurt cups and head to self-serve yogurt dispensers, where they'll be met with a rotating selection from more than 50 flavors. Then they can top their yogurt—which is made from real dairy and contains live and active cultures—with more than 50 toppings, such as cereals, candy, fruits, sprinkles, or nuts.
Classy Girl Cupcakes exclusively bakes cupped cakes, and boasts an extensive selection of flavors of both traditional cupcakes and cheesecake cupcakes. Traditional cupcake flavors include an almond pound cake topped with vanilla buttercream frosting, a dense dark-chocolate confection created with decadent Ghirardelli chocolate, and a deep-red velvet cake. More than 30 creative flavors of two-bite-sized cheesecupcakes are offered, including the caramel apple cheesecake, made with organic baked apples and an optional sprinkling of nuts, or the candy-rich Snickers cheesecake for a decadent cupped dessert. All of Classy Girl's creations are baked from scratch in small batches, with all natural ingredients, such as unbleached flour and hand-shucked corn.