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Sweet Elizabeth’s Cakes in Manayunk focuses mostly on from-scratch custom-designed specialty cakes that look like daydreams. An enormous bunch of balloons travels up the side of one birthday cake; the word “love” is written repeatedly on another cake. No shortening makes its way into the cakes, and the buttercream icing uses only real butter. Even those not planning a big event, can still enjoy Sweet Elizabeth’s sweet creations. The shop is a great stop for cupcakes and coffee. Cupcake flavors change monthly, and may include key lime with a graham cracker crust, red velvet topped with candied beets or a chocolate bacon with buttercream chocolate icing.
Thai 2 Go’s chefs draw on traditional and modern influences to concoct their own recipes for noodle dishes, curries, and sizzling stir-fries. Aromatic basil leaves, spicy chilis, and coconut milk season dishes such as pad thai and panang curry. No matter what you order, expect leftovers—even sturdy chopsticks begin to resemble toothpicks when considered beside the huge, family-size portions.
The Coopermarket whips up homemade, internationally influenced fare from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and is equipped with an array of menus designed to meet the demands of all culinary contexts. Furnish the tables of any home or adults-only treehouse with the market's on-the-go take-out or catering fare (pricing and menu items for catered orders varies case-by-case). The grilled and marinated flank steak quells protein cravings ($17.50/lb.), and the quiche with roasted tomato-basil-leek makes for a colorful, piquant fork decoration ($19.75). Meanwhile, incumbent fan-club presidents can regale the town's most well-to-do hobbyists with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres such as the spinach-and-artichoke dip ($7.95/pt.) and grilled tuna ($18.75/lb.), sprinkled with soy ginger and slathered in a lime marinade.
The idea, really, is genius: edible fruits, chocolates and other snacks, tastefully arranged as bouquets, to be given out to coworkers, ordered for friends or handed to a special loved one. The Roxborough outpost of this national chain seeks to pair up customers with the arrangement of their dreams, often going well beyond the usual anniversaries and milestones to reach for a more personalized finish. Funkier options might include balloons and a stuffed bear; squeal-worthy pineapple cutouts of the wide-eyed Hello Kitty; or apple Fruit Truffles: Granny Smith apple pieces dipped in semisweet chocolate and dripped with toppings like cinnamon chocolate or white drizzle. Call ahead to choose your arrangement and have it delivered, or swing by the small shop to pick something up before any big occasion.