Sweet Temptations, a sweet shop and ice-cream haven born on the summer boardwalk in 1985, serves homemade treats year-round. Ice cream mixed by resident dairy expert Ray tempts sweet teeth with 28 flavors, such as chocolate almond and french silk ($3.20+), that fill the deceptively sedate confines of a waffle cone ($0.50). Shape-shifting frozen desserts take the shape of shakes ($4+), malts ($4.50+), and sundaes ($3.50+), and ice-cream cakes and pies proffer benevolent group hypnosis. With texture variation in mind, Sweet Temptations handcrafts many-flavored caramel corn ($4+), fudge, peanut brittle, and other classic indulgences. A selection of old-fashioned candy increases cultural literacy among future aficionados and enables Proustian reveries.
Pekadill's serves up a carefully constructed menu featuring toppling towers of deli meats and cheeses in a structurally sound, garden-bound cottage. Budding with branches of lettuce, onion, and tomato, the Hambirder sandwich ($4.95–$6.95) features a cold cut combo of ham, turkey, and Swiss cheese, nestled inside finely sliced light rye. Sunflower seeds inside the veggie croissant brighten your dark, dreary insides, and come in a crusty cornucopia along with avocado, swiss cheese, cucumber, sprouts, and ranch dressing ($6.95). Starting April 1, Pekadill's starts serving ice cream, including a sweet peanut butter shake ($4.50) and a scoop of vanilla ice cream hand-packed into a house-made cone ($3.50).
The ice-cream artisans at Ice Cream Garage cool heat-stroked taste buds with ice-cream cones, specialty sundaes, and drinkable desserts within a whimsically decorated auto garage turned ice-cream parlor. Head into the open garage door and cool off with a single ($2.49) or double ($2.99) ice-cream scoop next to the large wall mural of characters from Disney/Pixar's Cars and its less popular prequel, Buggies. In the Lube Oil & Filter—one of many automobile-themed specialty sundaes—large chunks of cookie dough glide down a cookie-dough-ice-cream mountain on a river of chocolate syrup and whipped cream ($3.19). Slurp up brain-freeze fodder with a thick malt ($2.99), or swirl inventive flavor combinations in a custom flurry blended with such toppings as rainbow sprinkles ($2.99), which are colorful enough to attract both leprechauns and Lisa Frank.
At her in-home bakery, Julie Couturier whips up more than 15 flavors of cup-size and miniature treats topped with puffs of flavored frostings. After perusing the menu, sink sweet teeth into two flavors of cupcakes that huddle inside boxes and bear flavors of such recipes as cookies and cream, red velvet, and lemon. More adventurous taste buds seek excitement within nibbles of peanut-butter-and-jelly, root-beer-float, and sea-salt-caramel cupcakes, which meld together salty and sweet like love songs penned by a sailor. Guests may order regular or mini cupcakes in any two flavors of their choice, and a 72-hour notice is required for all orders.