Cold Stone Creamery's ice cream, which is made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its superpremium quality as it glides over taste buds. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as irish cream and butter pecan. Each serving generously welcomes dozens of mix-in toppings as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola, black licorice, and pieces from magnetic poetry sets ($2.50–$4.50 for ice cream with one mix-in). Indecision and premature brain freezes are averted by Cold Stone Creamery's chill artisans, who sling a litany of signature sundae creations ($4.50–$5.00), such as the Birthday Cake Remix, which spins two turntables of birthday-cake ice cream layered with tracks of brownies, fudge, and sprinkles. The Frankencream you desire will be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl.
Daily-made batches of breads, cakes, and pastries cast intoxicating aromas across this charming French-inspired café, where passionate bakers prepare every morsel from locally sourced ingredients while wearing internationally sourced berets. Cups of slow-roasted Pegasus coffee chase tastes of made-from-scratch soups and signature sandwiches, such as a BLT slathered in roasted tomato jam and garlic aioli, on the lunch menu.
Before they became business partners, the owners of Frost Doughnuts were just three best friends who shared a passion for loving and eating donuts. Following what must rank among the most productive hangout sessions ever, the trio decided their beloved breakfast staple was worthy of elevation alongside other resurrected sweet treats such as the cupcake, and so they got to work crafting a concept that would revamp its reputation from greasy to gourmet. Today, while customers still sink their teeth into a roster of exquisitely baked classics such as a chocolate glazed or bavarian-cream filled, it’s the shop's evolved flavors that really turn morning munch-a-thons upside down. Available on a rotating schedule due to their gourmet preparations and forgivable diva complexes are favorites such as a smoky bacon maple bar or an aztec chocolate donut iced with cinnamon-cayenne chocolate. Inside the charming shop, diners can watch as chefs whip up batches of banana split fritters or peaches and crème bismarcks in their exhibition-style kitchen, but should take care to break their hypnotic gaze before closing time, as all leftover donuts depart for local food shelters at the end of each day.
Crusty Tasty Bistro's artisanal bakers and sandwich constructors craft a menu of Hungarian-American fusion fare and fresh baked goods. Steamy Hungarian goulash ($7.99) dazzles palates with a spicy paprika swirl, and fried dough sings under a shower of sour cream and garlic ($3). Sandwiches ($7.29) swaddle a variety of hearty, just-cut meats, and are available au naturel or grilled, and pastries ($1.39–$3.50), such as linzers, burst with sweet almonds and fruit. Bread loaves ($3.60), ranging from pumpernickel to challah to sandwich rolls, donate a just-baked smell to the atmosphere, giving noses a glimpse of the old country without the inconvenience of attending Renaissance fairs or ceasing to pay the electric bill.
Owner and baker Chandell Witham knows real passion for baked goods. To put herself through culinary school, the single mother of three had to work long hours as a bartender in a disappointingly donut-free environment. Her perseverance paid off and today Chandell spends plenty of time with her children and her brainchild, Fritters N Jitters, where she mans the kitchens and whips up tasty donuts. Every morning, she bakes off fresh batches of comforting plain donuts. As patrons order, the innovative baker then outfits each ringed pastry with customizable frostings and toppings to fashion quirky confections her guests can marvel at alongside a steaming cup of coffee or fresh-squeezed donut juice. Frosting choices include classic flavors and wild variations such as mint or crunch peanut butter, and can be accented with a choice of sprinkles, candy pieces, or salty portions of pretzels or crispy bacon.