More than 80 years ago, Bill O'Sullivan finally nailed it. After testing various recipes for candy-coated popcorn, he found the perfect, sweet-caramel coating that would become the foundation of his business and the means by which like-minded kernels stuck together. Karmelkorn caught on throughout the '30s and '40s, gradually popping up, like popcorn and other things that pop, on main drags and in bustling malls across the country. O'Sullivan's original invention gave way to the other flavored treats in the Karmelkorn arsenal—Cheesekorn, made with real white or yellow cheddar, old-fashioned kettle corn, traditional popcorn, and Twister Korn, in which kernels are first coated in caramel and then covered in cheese.
Orange Leaf's frozen-yogurt bar dispenses a subset of 70 flavors and more than 30 toppings. It gives health-conscious guests an ample selection of fruit to pick from while also presenting Reese's Peanut Butter Cup–conscious patrons an opportunity to indulge in their passion. Orange Leaf welcomes guests to try flavors such as cotton candy, chocolate mint, oatmeal cookie, and red velvet. The fro-yo shop has almost as much color as it does desserty goodness—the interior dazzles with hues as bright and orange as a spray-tanned Einstein.
Having traveled to teahouses the world over, the owner of Chelmsford Tea and Gifts wanted to open a shop that represented the full spectrum of tea-brewing possibilities. With more than 180 types of loose-leaf and bagged teas from around the globe, his establishment unlocks a barrage of delicate flavors in prepared hot or iced drinks with expert steeping know-how. For the home brewer, the shop stocks french presses, stainless-steel infusers, and Brown Betty teapots from England, where tea-leaf reading is a televised sport. Naturally flavored black teas, herbal teas, and mild, caffeine-free rooibos teas also pair well the shop's stock of scone mixes and jams.
It's all about flavor at De-Gees Hookah Lounge, whether by smoke, coffee, food, or music. First, the smoke: choose as many as three shisha flavors?there's more than 20 in total, including double apple, fresh mint, and cinnamon?and let the staff prepare a hookah to savor from a comfy leather chair. Between puffs, you can sip on a cup of Turkish or pumpkin-pie coffee, surf free WiFi, play chess or PS3, or shoot pool to a diverse soundtrack of music. As for food, the menu features both hummus plates and pizzas. You can also take advantage of weekly specials, such as free hookah refills that let you perfect your smoke rings and work diligently on your smoke Xs.
Riverside Café treats guests to hearty, handmade dishes of American comfort food, from philly cheesesteaks and zesty reuben sandwiches to beefy burgers and fries. Diners feast on sirloin steaks and fried fish for lunch, or start the day off with three-egg omelets loaded with mushrooms, steak, and peppers.
Named Best Bakery in 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, by The Best of Wichita, W.O.W. Cakes' expert baker and decorator, Pam Pletcher, concocts artful gourmet confections slathered in copious quantities of house-made toppings and homemade buttercream. Bakers craft more than 50 flavors of cakes and cupcakes–including 12 gourmet cupcakes–easily accommodating requests for coconut wedding cake topped with chocolate fondant or red velvet birthday cake filled with bavarian cream. Alternative recipes turn treats into gluten-free and sugar-free of time-tested favorites to accommodate special diets or throw dessert-sniffing detectives off track. Imaginative bakers transform cakes into pieces of art with hand-piped chocolate, sculpted frosting, and strategic props, and have used their skills to transform a simple sheet cake into everything from a ski boat to a flame-licked barbecue grill.