Stepping into Kringles Bakery feels a little like stepping back into time. In a quaint, yellow house that's surrounded by a white picket fence, the bakery welcomes guests to revisit the tastes and smells of their childhood. The freshly baked breads and pastries are made using recipes that date back up to six generations, ensuring each blueberry sour cream kringle and cranberry orange scone tastes as good as it always has. Even the coffee has history: to craft drinks such as the house specialty Cat's Meow mocha, the staff turn to Caffe D'arte, a local company that uses a wood-fired roaster that dates back to 1949.
Although it can't grant the power of flight or x-ray vision, açaí is still considered something of a super food. The fruit comes directly from the Brazilian rainforest and delivers loads of antioxidants, healthy omegas, and fiber to anyone who consumes it or sticks it into their ears. At Kitanda, açaí is just one of the many organic ingredients featured in a menu of healthy eats. The family-owned shop specializes in a wide range Brazilian snacks and drinks, including gluten-free breads and gourmet coffee brewed from 100-percent Brazilian beans.
The ovens at Laura's Gourmet Bakery gild the edges of both traditional and gluten-free pastries. When sliced, coconut-ring cakes reveal an inner layer of chocolate, and red-velvet-cake sandwiches embrace mascarpone frosting. Gluten-free selections include cinnamon-raisin scones and caramel-pecan brownies. Cups of Victrola espresso or blended fruit smoothies complement the sweet flavors better than eating a spoonful of salt between bites.
Though nonculinary pursuits first brought Le Petit Terroir’s owners, Dave and Karin Shoup, to Europe, the pair was quickly taken by regional Parisian and Italian food. Inspired by the continent’s open-air markets filled with fresh meats, cheeses, and produce, Dave and Karin sought to build their own Mediterranean-style bistro that incorporated the tastes of the Pacific Northwest. They hired chef de cuisine Jason Custer to develop a menu that would reflect these interests, dotting dishes with housemade sausage, fresh-baked breads, and herbs and flowers from the onsite garden. Meats, which help to build plates of house-crafted charcuterie, all come from the Northwest, forming the base of freshly prepared meals available for dining in, catering, or eating while running from several bulls.
Regent Bakery & Cafe's authentic Chinese flavors couldn't be contained to just one meal. The restaurant started as a bakery specializing in Chinese pastries and cakes. As its popularity grew, so too did its menu—the staff began serving beef-stew and salted-fish hot pies, roast duck, and ma-pao tofu. Regent Bakery & Cafe now sports two full locations; the newest features a full bar that mixes up a selection of adult beverages and bubble teas, served inside a restaurant whose modern decor is lit by chandeliers and neon track lighting.