Every day since “Daddy Dave” Leatherby Sr. and his wife, Sally, opened the first Leatherby’s Family Creamery 30 years ago, the shop has been churning out fresh ice cream layered in sweet sauces straight from the candy kettle. Milk, cream, and sugar form the base of Leatherby’s more than 45 flavors, which range from staples such as chocolate and strawberry to more exotic varieties including mocha almond fudge and spumoni. Inspired by family recipes that date back a half-century, these frosty treats come in cones, shakes, malts, and sodas, as well as in heaping sundaes and banana splits, the largest of which tips the scales at 54 ounces. Leatherby’s menu has expanded over time, and includes savory options such as sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads.
"[An] intense, buttery burst of flavor [with a] delicate texture" are the best things about The Donut Shop's maple bar, according to Style magazine's September 2012 issue. With bare-bones, yet fresh decor, The Donut Shop keeps the focus on the donuts, all made with shortening free of trans fat. The day's selection of treats is hand-lettered in colorful chalk on a blackboard above a glass case and granite counter tops. On any given day the fluffy dough can be embracing jelly, cream, and peanut-butter filling, and options such as devil's food allow guests to fulfill childhood dreams by starting their day off with dessert. Hot or cold chai and specialty coffee drinks bring out each donut's sweet flavors when served as a dunking option or chewed simultaneously.
Icing on the Cupcake’s innovative, meticulously crafted cupcakes have made the shop a top local dessert business on the KCRA A-List for the past three years. Drawing from a cumulative 50 years of baking experience, chefs whip up a daily-changing menu using gourmet ingredients, such as madagascar bourbon vanilla, buttercream frosting, and bacon bits. Colorful displays of cupcakes stack up beneath contemporary decor inside the shop. The bakery also offers delivery services throughout the Sacramento area, bringing freshly baked morsels to customers' homes, offices, or hiding places behind the curtains of their favorite newscasters.
Each day at dawn, piping-hot circles made from fresh ingredients appear on the horizon, enchanting eyes and noses before popping into mouths. Unlike the sun, these rounds teem with sugar, spice, and in some cases, chocolate. Bakers craft each batch from scratch, using original recipes but not a pinch of preservatives. Their cookie roster beckons sweet teeth with everyday flavors such as M&M chocolate chip and day-of-the-week varieties such as Wednesday's almond joy and Friday's mint-chocolate fantasy fudge. Customers may also opt for custom wedding treats and personalized photo cookies, which serve as memories tastier than crepes rolled from diary pages. In addition to building cookie cakes for parties, the bakers construct cookies for celebrants to embellish with frosting.
At Root of Happiness, named for the relaxing properties of the kava root, visitors unwind while sipping kava brew from petite bowls that resemble coconut shells. Baristas also fill shot glasses with potent, concentrated kava that they flavor with cane-sugar syrup, prepare pour-over coffee, and steep exotic teas. Polynesian artwork and hand-carved wooden sculptures lend the cafe the relaxed ambience of an island tiki bar.
Using free trade, organic coffee, the baristas at the drive through Hot Java Café create piping-hot and refreshingly cold iced drinks. Along with the standard mochas and cappuccinos, the drink menu also includes specialties such as the Nutty Irishman, a latte with hazelnut and Irish cream, plus peanut butter blended iced coffees. Hot chocolate, strawberry milk, and Italian sodas take care of the kids, and depending on the season, guests can also enjoy eggnog lattes, apple ciders, or multiple Santas standing in line.