At Kathy's Cakes and Specialty Treats, artistic confectioners whip together an array of made-from-scratch sweets to sate cravings for classic or fruity tastes. Cupcake flavors include vanilla, chocolate, almond, and marble alongside colorful treats such as lemon, orange, and pineapple. Customers can choose to have their cupcakes filled in the middle with a dollop of strawberry cream, raspberry cream, whipped cream, or frosting that's as sweet and alluring as a chocolate-covered love letter. The three tables at Kathy's let partakers of dessert sit as they dip into their delicious rewards, and the nearby Oswego River makes for a relaxing place to fuse the cupcake-eating experience with a stroll, some fresh air, and a session of bare-footed water skiing.
Hometown Pizzeria, winner of Taste of Baldwinsville's People's Choice for Best Pizza, adorns its hand-tossed dough disks with a sorting of never-frozen ingredients and fresh toppings. The mighty menu includes a gastronomic glut of gourmet pies, ranging from the cheeseburger-and-fries pizza, a zesty ketchup and mustard spread layered beneath a bundle of police evidence auctioned from the Hamburglar's knapsack ($11.99/medium), to the oriental-chicken pizza piled with teriyaki chicken, cabbage, and roasted almonds ($11.99/medium). In addition to a selection of sandwiches ($3.69+) and custom calzones ($5.09+), Hometown also stocks a flock of more than 10 flavors of signature grilled wings, including honey barbecue and taki zesty orange ($6.90 /10). This Groupon is good for dine-in, carryout, delivery ($1 delivery charge), or teleportation.
One part ice-cream parlor, one part indoor playground. That’s Merlin’s Ice Cream and Bounce House’s recipe for all-in-one family entertainment. After ricocheting off the walls of inflatables, navigating obstacle courses, and slipping down slides, kids aged 10 and under rejoin their parents to make their own sundaes with housemade ice creams, sherbets, and frozen yogurts, as well as a variety of toppings.
At AppeThaizing, chefs strive to hit every taste bud on diners' tongues, incorporating sweet, sour, and salty flavors into a number of dishes on their menu of southeast Asian cuisine. They can also spoon fiery green-curry sauce or piquant Thai chilies into the mix, allowing willing customers to enjoy a spicy kick without the hassle of riling Chuck Norris after his jalapeño foot soak. Although many of their entrees feature succulent meats—including roasted duck, shrimp, and pork—they can also whip up vegetarian-friendly meals with tofu or seasonal Asian greens.
Embracing the same sensory mélange as the menus, AppeThaizing's dining rooms gently illuminate a kaleidoscopic assortment of yellow, red, and key-lime-green walls with a combination of ceiling-mounted track and pendant lighting.
Liehs & Steigerwald has been handcrafting sausages and meats in Syracuse since 1936, when its German-immigrant founders first began sharing their traditional recipes and culinary methods. Current owner Chuck Madonna, who began working at the shop at age 15, and co-owner Jeff Steigerwald now run an expanded operation that keeps butchery simple. Butchers custom-cut top-grade meats on request, grind chuck fresh several times a day, and craft sausages of all sorts, from traditional kielbasa to specialty cheddar and chicken-wing bratwurst.
Savory sausages reside in all-natural casings, free of additives and fillers, and acquire a smoky flavor and a husky timbre in an old-fashioned smokehouse. At-home delivery service ferries the shop’s meats directly to customers’ abodes, though some specialties, such as corned beef, take a little extra time to prepare. Profiled by the Post-Standard, the Irish-American staple takes three weeks to perfect, and Liehs & Steigerwald’s butchers carefully marinate the corned beef in brine, spices, and fresh four-leaf clovers, creating succulent slices that require no extra seasoning before cooking.