Ken and Judy Zinszer began their days as restaurateurs at New Castle’s Zinszer’s Deli in the early '80s. A baking mishap wound up producing a batch of irresistible cookies, and Ken and Judy sensed an opportunity. Shifting their focus to baking full-time, they opened Zinszer Bakery & Cookies in Anderson in 1987. Their signature item remains the Zinszer cookie, an all-natural treat made in styles including white-chocolate-chip nut, double chocolate chip, and lemon cooler. Every month the bakers change out one flavor for a new one, so customers will always have new options to eat or use as roofs on damaged gingerbread houses. They also bake items for gifts and events such as baklava, cookie and brownie boxes, and decorated cookie cakes and cheesecakes.
The ovens at Bowman Bakery, Inc., work almost as hard as the skilled bakers and pastry chef who churn out a full spread of from-scratch sweets. Their headlining dessert, the cheesecake, comes in close to 65 varieties, such as pumpkin pecan crunch, cherry jubilee, chocolate chip cookie dough, and marshmallow. The menu also includes fudge-filled cupcakes, cookies, turnovers, muffins, and 85 different donut flavors, which rotate regularly. Even the bread at Bowman—banana nut, blueberry, apple streusel—comes in sweet flavors.
Inside an historic home built in 1850, cooks at The Cafe 51 build sandwiches on grilled, housemade breads and stir pots of soup. Patrons may sip mugs of coffee or dig into crisp salads crowned with grilled Alaskan salmon while seated at vintage-style tables and chairs.
Established in 1969, chefs at the Greek's Pizzeria chain toss pizzas from house-made dough. The classic pies are complemented by pizza shells, also known as calzones, as well as sub sandwiches, pastas, and appetizers. The menu's dishes are filled with fresh ingredients and Greek's signature products, including the eatery's salad dressing, garlic butter, and italian sauce. For dessert, diners can drizzle icing over the pizzeria's cinnamon twists.
Inside Pam's Tea Shoppe, a glass case brims with jars of more than 60 kinds of tea. New tea accessories, including handcrafted mugs and mesh infusers, fill shelves next to a table set with vintage teapots, cups, and saucers. The shop's knowledgeable owner is often on hand to help clients pick leaves or to plan onsite tea parties complete with tiny barbells for strengthening lifted pinkies.
The bakers at Butternut Bakery craft darling cakes and cupcakes for celebrations, but the kitchen doesn't stop there. Patrons visit the homey eatery for breakfast, where they can order eggs any way they like them—except in a omelet with cotton candy. At lunchtime, sandwiches made with grilled chicken or bacon are whisked out to waiting customers, and housemade pastries round out meals with a sweet finish. On select Friday nights, prime-rib dinners bring the community together for a familial feast.