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.
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.
Incredible Yogurt is independent and locally owned, letting its broad, rotating selection of flavors branch out into different territories. On any given day, flavors can range from chocolate caramel corn and peach to black raspberry and sugar-free blueberry cheesecake. The shop complements its frozen treats with sandwiches and warm soups.
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 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.
A Taste of Paradise scoops, slices, and specially designs a smorgasbord of ice cream, cakes, and cookies for palates of all ages and personalities. Glacé journeys begin daintily with a single dollop of ice cream ($1.89/scoop) or glacially with a heaping 12-scoop Luscious Luau, scientifically designed to support simultaneous spooning ($15). Brain-frozen jaws regain composure with tepid treats, including red velvet cupcakes topped with cream-cheese icing ($2) and house-made pies of the sugar cream, apple, or pecan varieties ($8+). Peanut-butter balls, sugar-free turtles, coconut mountains, and an eclectic cookie selection round out the menu, enabling folks of all ages to shake hands with the wee-treat that suits their mood, style, or allegiance to circle shapes ($0.39–$3.50).