Perched across the road from the gleaming waters of Bostwick Lake, the eponymously named bakery and coffee shop serves up a menu of fresh donuts, treats, and cups of coffee. Bostwick's conjures all species of carb-laden comfort foods, from donuts and glazed twists to apple fritters and long johns. Light off the lake dances in through dining-room windows, as a trinity of chocolate, buttercream, and butterscotch cinnamon rolls vies for counter space with the realpolitik power moves of a freshly baked bismarck. Cookies nest in glass-enclosed cases, fashioned in flavors of frosted sugar, snickerdoodle, date, and molasses. Savory lunch fare rounds out the menu with choices including cheeseburgers and chili.
DreamScape Desserts founders Dan and Julie Couturier watched their company grow from a cottage industry based in their kitchen to a bustling cake-baking business that has won multiple bridal awards and countless loyal customers. But their success wasn't accidental. The pair of bakers work hard for their clients, whipping up handmade cupcakes and wedding designs with classic flavors and fillings such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shortcake. They don't just dabble in the classics, though. Their kitchen creations also include inventive styles such as salted caramel, peanut butter cup, and root-beer float.
Founded by a mother-daughter team, Sara's Sweets Bakery whips up quality baked goods, including cupcakes, cookies, and custom-decorated cakes. Grand Rapids-area customers can utilize the bakery's delivery service, or stop into the shop, where fresh coffee and donuts are served every day. To make sure no sweet tooth gets stymied, Sara's offers sugar- and gluten-free treats upon request.
At Uncommon Grounds by Talsma, the sounds of shiny chrome espresso machines brewing up rich coffee drinks blends with the sweet taste of fresh pastries and desserts. Guests sip on java or juice as they sample slices of handmade cookies or rich bundt cakes.
EuroPan European Bakery's menu puts a refreshing twist on food-court fare, sending diners on a taste trip around the globe, minus volcano-caused flight delays and escape-chute-activating disgruntled flight attendants. Begin your day with breakfast in Paris, an artisan croissant layered with ham and melted provolone cheese ($2.99), or handle a Hemingwayesque hunger with the San Sebastian morning meal—two petit pan rolls and a helping of Philadelphia cream cheese ($1.99). Guests can offset the jet set's carbon emissions with a quick and easy lunch in Barcelona ($5.99), a hearty rustica-bread creation filled with Spanish chorizo and manchego cheese, and the flavorful Tuscany sandwich—made with sliced turkey, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and basil on crispy focaccia ($5.99)—is a timesaving alternative to sailing your backpack across the Mediterranean Sea.