B&B Bagel's name refers to the traditional process of making a bagel: boiling and baking. Whereas many places skip the boiling step, B&B considers it crucial ("If it's not boiled, it's not a bagel," their website states definitively).
It's hard to argue with the results. Any of the shop's classic bagels can be topped with flavored cream cheeses or breakfast meats; there's even a pizza bagel that comes with melted cheese and pepperonis. Of course, bagels aren't the only items on the menu. The shop also serves cinnamon rolls and traditional sandwiches, neither of which are boiled.
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.
The bakers at The Cupcake Express blend fresh eggs, sugar, and cream to whip up moist, flavorful cakes topped with puffs of velvety frosting. Their cupcakes and mini cupcakes tempt sweet teeth with 14 epicurean flavors—including strawberry lemonade and chocolate with raspberry cream cheese—and icings that range from fluffy meringues to sweetened cream cheese. In addition, they dole out cheesecake bites that would be a hit at any Lilliputian birthday bash.
Midway One Stop Diner's staff takes its homestyle comfort cuisine seriously, especially when it comes to the Big 70 challenge. This platter of seven biscuits, four slices of bacon, two servings of hash browns, and 70 ounces of creamy sausage gravy is so hearty that it has only been finished by three people. Not to worry, though—the majority of visitors who aren't up to the task have a range of diner classics to choose from, all of which are served 24 hours a day. Three-egg omelets and hot cakes are crafted fresh throughout the day and night alongside platters of grilled or fried pork, steak, or chicken. Another signature dish is the monster burger, a 1-pound patty smothered in cheese and other toppings.
The Copper Kettle’s menu is a throwback to simpler times. Country-fried steak, fried chicken, and beef pot roast are just three of the kitchen’s dinner specialties. Each comes with macaroni and cheese or potatoes, plus a trip to the salad bar. If they still have room, diners can finish the meal with one of six homemade pies, in daily rotating flavors such as apple, lemon, and sugar-free banana crème. Breakfast—from biscuits and gravy to fluffy flapjacks—is served morning or night. The Copper Kettle also has a kid’s menu, featuring chicken strips and grilled cheese to keep tykes from stealing bites off their parent’s plates or chewing off their own arm.
Ingredient restaurant offers a smorgasbord of gourmet and customizable culinary bites in a quick-serve atmosphere, catering to dietary restrictions whenever possible. Local ingredients claim squatter's rights on the menu, sprucing up dishes such as the custom salads ($8.95), with more than 75 options to arrange into fully functioning veggie ecosystems.