Cambridge Coffee Bar slings specialty coffee, smoothies, and other blended drinks alongside its pastries crafted from time-tested Cambridge family recipes. Caffeine seekers can quench their cravings with delectable slurps from a 12-ounce americano ($1.99), white-mocha latte ($3.49), or café au lait ($2.69), and sippers seeking chillier ways to increase their liquid intake––besides eating mouthfuls of snow––can opt for an espresso and vanilla ice-cream blend, such as the 16-ounce Caramelicious ($4.49) or a fruit blend available in six fructosey flavors ($3.49).
What began as a familial distaste for plain, traditional birthday cakes has blossomed into Dirt On A Cake, a family-run ice-cream-cake emporium specializing in uniquely flavored sweets. The confectionary's signature dipped dirt cakes submerge ice-cream cupcakes—like high-school principal dunkings in Candyland—in a layer of rich milk chocolate. Party-sized ice-cream cakes sate 15–20 appetites, and personal-sized ice-cream cupcakes provide solo treats to on-the-go desserters. Dozens of specialty flavors include blueberry ginger, stout, and peppermint mocha.
WIth just a bit of extra peanut butter, Wannawaf's Cheeky Monkey drove the Dispatch to a "total dessert meltdown" that "was totally worth the sugar buzz." And that's just one of the eatery's waffle creations, which also include hot dogs smothered in fixings like pepper jelly. On the flipside, sweet ingredients – including apple-pie filling and Maine maple syrup – crown waffles alongside scoops of Shain's of Maine ice cream. More than 25 flavors, such as raspberry truffle and coffee, can also be enjoyed waffle-less in cups and cones.
All these options, plus build-your-own waffle instructions, are all available in menus hanging from Wannawaf's ceiling. Outside, picnic tables and an ocean view await waffle enthusiasts.
As a trained chef, Anna Rattigan loves food, but in the prime of her career, she was diagnosed with several food allergies, having to give up some of her favorite foods––specifically sweets. The market for allergy-friendly baked goods was lacking, so she started Chard Baking Co. out of her home kitchen.
Operating out of the same kitchen—which has been inspected and licensed by the State of Maine for safe food processing—she bakes tin after tin of her signature cupcakes, made completely from scratch using vegan and gluten-free ingredients and eschewing soy and animal products such as eggs and unicorn milk. All of her traditional and mini cupcakes, available for delivery, arrive in unique flavor combinations such as basil and mango or lavender and matcha green tea.
Ruby Slippers Cafe and Bakery's cooks prepare homestyle American cuisine with a focus on Maine ingredients. They serve hearty breakfasts until 3:00 p.m., pairing tender cuts of steak with local eggs and topping buttermilk pancakes with local maple syrup and fruit. Pork shoulder slow-roasts for 24 hours before the meat is shredded and sandwiched between brioche buns, and fresh haddock or deep-sea scallops bake to flaky perfection. Patrons can also nibble housemade chocolate truffles and sip local wines and beers.
Chocolate-dipped fruit, rich creamy handmade fudge, and sea salt caramels: these are a few of the treats available at R&R Chocolate. The family that owns the homey shop makes chocolate from scratch in small batches before the dipping and sculpting takes place. Try individual portions of the family's confections or opt for a party platter to share.