The cupped-cake creations at Tip*C Cupcakes are concocted via a revolutionary process that, like the booze-powered flame throwers Napoleon used to invade and reheat Russia, eliminates water and replaces it with a blend of top-shelf alcohol and juice. The resulting cupcakes, whose ingredient lists often boast Hennessy, Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Jack Daniel's, evoke the essence of the liquor to reveal deep, complex flavor combinations. While the subtle taste of alcohol lingers on the tongue, the resulting mouth party is a subdued and dignified soiree—the liquor has no effect on the body, and the cupcakes are a tasty treat for dessert eaters of all ages.
The bakers at Best City Cupcakes love unusual requests. Past custom cake orders have seen them sculpting shapeless layers of moist cake and fresh buttercream into spooky haunted castles or sudsy mugs perched beneath a suspended can of beer. They even hold a monthly contest that invites customers to enter in their own unique cupcake recipes, and add past winners––such as the chocolate-cayenne Afterburn––to the menu for an entire month. Not that any of the shop's regular flavors would ever be considered bland; staples include The Britt, a dark-chocolate merlot topped with rich chocolate ganache, and the Elvis Lives—a banana chocolate-chip cupcake topped with peanut-butter frosting and thick pieces of grilled bacon. And because Best City Cupcakes knows that each household has varying cupcake needs, each flavor is available in standard size or as a bite-size mini, depending on whether they're being served as dessert or used as confetti.
The mother-daughter team behind The Lil Bake Shoppe create eye-pleasing and mouthwatering sweets. Sheet cakes, tiered cakes, wedding cakes, customized shape cakes—whichever type you order, the cake will be almost as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. In addition to large cakes, The Lil Bake Shoppe also turns out cupcakes. Click here to view some of their designs.
Cuisine Type: American food and espresso
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Homemade ice cream in 20+ flavors
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: All of our menu items are fresh and made-to-order. Nothing is pre-cooked or processed.
What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
It's satisfying to provide customers and the community with good food and a family-friendly environment. Our goal is to be the spot where people want to come, feel welcomed, and leave full. This venue gives us an opportunity to work with our two passions: food and people.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We make all of our ice cream flavors and sorbets on-site daily. You can also order an ice cream cake in your favorite flavor instead of settling for a mediocre supermarket ice cream cake.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are a husband-and-wife team that enjoys cooking, working, and seeing people enjoy both the food and the experience here at In The Mood Cafe.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our menus feature breakfast all day, and we use white-meat chicken breast and certified Angus beef in our panini and burgers. We prepare our chopped salads based on your vegetable and protein choices. We also cut our own french fries and soak them in kosher salt. Our ice cream contains premium ingredients, which will be obviously clear when you taste it. Feel free to sample a couple of flavors before making your final selection so that you can truly experience the difference in our ice cream. Also, we function as a full espresso bar and have a full coffee menu that includes lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, and herbal teas.
When their daughter, Kai, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Tracy and Patrick Watkins knew they needed to provide her with as much love and care as possible. They quit their jobs as engineers and launched a bakery named after their little girl and her favorite treats. In the kitchen at Kai’s Kookies and More, the couple ices custom sugar cookies by hand, transforming circles into edible basketballs and rectangles into festive American flags, all of which can be dipped into house-brewed coffee or bundled into baskets, boxes, or bouquets. Sweeter than a kiss from Cap’n Crunch, mangoes and strawberries fill several varieties of cupcakes and 3-inch cheesecakes.
In addition to packing their display case with handcrafted confections, Tracy and Patrick supply desserts to eight local restaurants and four Monkey Joe's bounce playgrounds. Visitors can also book Kai's for special events such as tea parties and international summits disguised as children's birthday bashes.
Patrons who pass beneath Cafe Monte French Bakery and Bistro's bold red awning seemingly zoom across the Atlantic into a Parisian bistro hung with French artwork and vintage photographs. Platters of mussels arrived drenched in white wine and butter, and pommes frites proudly share the spotlight with steak and french green beans. In the kitchen, chefs sizzle crêpes to a golden brown for breakfast, or fill them with savory lobster and crab for lunch and dinner. Patrons can dine alfresco on an outdoor patio or linger inside the eatery's canary-hued walls, where satisfied customers gather around a piano to sing odes to their favorite French pastry chefs.