Bret Pont honed his meat-carving skills for 25 years as a Valley Grocers butcher before buying 50-year-old Hobe Meats, he told the Arizona Republic. Behind the counter, Pont helps customers locate and prepare the ideal meat by elucidating the qualities of strip steaks, rib-eye roasts, and other cuts of USDA Prime and Choice beef. Each option originates from cows that dine exclusively on corn, grass, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. All of the shop's meats are untouched by preservatives, growth hormones, and antibiotics. This policy extends to pork and chicken, which contain neither sodium nitrates nor fillers. When fed the shop's raw, natural pet foods, dogs have been known to teach themselves new tricks.
Cuisine Type: Bakery
Most popular offering: Pies, cookies, cupcakes
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Number of Tables: 1?5
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Baked goods made from scratch daily.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
Our pies are made with an all-butter crust. We use only fresh fruit?nothing from a can
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Kitchen sink cookies made with chocolate chips, caramel, marshmallow, and pretzels.
The bright desert sun has barely risen over Phoenix when Sharon Beatty unlocks the door of her shop, smiling as she imagines the colorful cupcakes she is about to bake. The cake-decorator spends the entire morning preparing fresh cupcakes for the day, topping the warm cakes in playful swirls of fudge, buttercream, and cream-cheese frosting. Her imaginative cupcakes were lauded by Az Food Magazine as having "a sweet filling that compliments the cake flavor."
By noon, customers amble in and out of the sunlit shop, ordering salted-caramel, chocolate-peanut-butter-cup, and amaretto cupcakes by the dozens. Sharon also custom designs specialty cakes for all occasions. Shoppers can choose from an elegant, flowery tower to celebrate a wedding or a detailed map of Nebraska to remind them where they buried their collection of half-dollar coins.
Like an edible choose-your-own-adventure book, The Chill lets its visitors make their own decisions from the moment they walk through the door. Guests choose how much to draw from the stainless steel machines,filling their cups with as much creamy frozen yogurt as they like. From there, they take their pick of add-ons from the toppings bar, dappling the swirls with extras such as candies or fresh fruit. And once they've put the finishing touch on their frozen creations, they can either devour it inside at one of the cafe-style tables or take it to the patio to soften in the sun or on the radiator of a parked truck.
In 1983 Nord Brue and Mike Dressell decided that it didn't matter how far Burlington, Vermont was from New York City; no distance was too great to limit their access to New York-style bagels. So they spent 2.5 years apprenticing with a professional bagel baker from the city until they mastered the technique. Once they were comfortable with their skills and had accepted that it doesn't actually hurt the bagel to bite it, they opened their first Bruegger's Bagels, a casual bakery and café. Today, they have more than 300 eateries across the United States and Canada, each hawking freshly baked bagels, cream cheeses, sandwiches, coffee, and desserts.
Trailhead Bike Shop and Cafe fulfils every gearhead's two basic needs: offering the sale and repair of all things bike-related, and calories. The shop's group of certified bike technicians keeps frames of all makes and models in bikini-ready shape and top form with detailed repair services, and can help customers find their steely soulmate from their selection of road and mountain bikes. On the other side of the shop, a café with blazing WiFi keeps riders as road ready as their two-wheelers, serving up a savory selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, smoothies, coffee drinks, and soup. After nourishing both selves and steeds, riders can hit the trails of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which begin just outside the shop.