Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.
A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café brims with happy chatter, which drifts from regular classes, special events, and open playtime seven days a week.
Children frolic across multicolored carpeted floors in a 6,000-square-foot playroom, exploring climbing structures, foam pits, and a floor-level trampoline that is kept safe by rounded edges, extensive padding, and declawed teddy bears. The playground eschews video games, prize games, and violent toys, instead letting older children don animal costumes in the dress-up area, while toddlers younger than 2 romp in their own play pit and toy bins. Cool zephyrs of air conditioning sweep contented sighs away from zebra-print sofas or onyx-hued wooden tables, where adults peruse a gourmet café menu. A boutique toy store extends the center's positive attitude toward play into homes with a slew of unique gifts and rare and eclectic toys.
A private room reverberates with the youthful energy of A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café's classes, formal functions, and parties, which staff members provide with refreshments, cake, and decorations. At least two assistants remain on hand at kids’ events to provide full setup, cleanup, and supervision to ward off squabbles that arise when imaginary friends show up wearing the same outfits.
Pink Papaya Frozen Yogurt welcomes patrons into a sweet cyclone of frozen yogurt, plentiful café tables, and bright swirls of pastel green and pink décor. The family-owned treat shop doles out 20 self-serve flavors of fro-yo, filled with immunity- and digestion-boosting live and active cultures. After choosing chilly cup foundations, sundae artists can build on their yogurt's base with more than 50 toppers, such as breakfast cereal, fresh fruit, and cookie crumbles. Flat-screen TVs offer additional entertainment to guests as they lick their spoons, and free WiFi keeps laptop users busy so that other guests can sneak up and lick their spoons.
Hellen Costa honed her baking skills at The French Pastry School of Chicago before relocating to Boca Raton. Now, the ServSafe-certified chef crafts custom desserts in her home bakery, Voulez-Vous Cake. She concocts sweets that range from stuffed cupcakes to towering six-layer wedding cakes with intricate floral designs. Ornately decorated bite-size treats please the eyes as well as the taste buds.
On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added grilled chicken, hot dogs, barbecue beef, and pork sandwiches to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
Passion for Pastry's executive chef, Alethea Hickman, forayed into the world of baked sweets at the tender age of 6 and went on to create the world's largest cupcake according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She now channels those decades of experience into bakery shelves lined with a variety of desserts, decadent cakes, and 48 flavors of frosting-bedecked cupcakes. Alethea molds tiered confections for special occasions or designer cupcakes that combine fondant and frosting to emulate a variety of objects including animals or logos. Dessert displays rotate daily, parading confections crowned in toasted marshmallows, Fruit Loops, and chocolate-covered strawberries.