We are best known for our crazy huge 1/2 lb cinnamon rolls and lattes. We are a full service bakery which means that we make it all right here from scratch including breads, pastries, cakes, bread puddings, quiche, bagels, granola, cookies, foccacia bread for our paninis..and a ton more.
Gelato Bus Stop proprietor Clint Legnani traces the origins of his business to a simple gelateria in Bologna, where his family scooped out dollops of the creamy dessert to customers. After spending his younger years working in his uncle's gelato parlor, Clint set out for the USA, opening a sister shop that dishes up some of the same handmade family-recipe goodies as the store in faraway Italy. Legnani and staff labor over mixers all day, creating flavors such as the marscapone cheese and cookie Columbus, or buttery, earthy Hazelnut sourced from Northern Italy. Legnani and his team give guests something hot and liquid with which to pair their gelato treats—freshly brewed espresso and cappuccino, but, thankfully, not liquid gold, as that would approach 900 degrees and melt the cup. Or, they prepare something sweet or savory—crepes slathered with toppings such as Nutella, turkey, or cheese.
Baristas and chefs at Cafe 976 open doors at 7 a.m. each morning to clear brain hazes with potent fair trade and organic espresso drinks and healthful egg dishes, followed by tacos or sandwiches from the lunch menu, featuring a selection of all-natural meats. Eyes open to fresh steamer plates that fuse scrambled eggs—cooked with a specialized steam wand that, like Fred Flintstone's car, eliminates the need for oil—with the likes of sun-dried tomato, basil, and feta cheese in the Trieste ($8.25). Hands wrap around midday meals such as the chicken pesto sandwich topped with mozzarella and escorted by a side salad ($8.75) or two fish tacos with grilled mahi mahi sizzling in chipotle honey and cilantro mayo ($8.75). A collection of 21 espresso-infused specialty drinks warm sleepy stomachs with whole, nonfat, or soy milk, such as the 20-ounce Lethal Injection ($4.95), infused with chocolate and four shots of espresso, enough caffeine to power sippers through morning meetings or keep audiences awake through stage adaptations of the phonebook.
The supreme confectioner at Sugar and Scribe Bakery weaves generations of Irish family recipes into a mouthwatering menu of daily baked fluffy and moist treats. Cyndi's Polish Kiffles ($4 per bag) lead off the pastry menu, while a loaf of irish soda bread challenges appetites not to leave a crumb behind ($15). More than 15 pie iterations—including Kentucky Derby pie ($15 for a 9”) and Grandma Kate's blueberry ($12 for a 9”)—interrogate appetites as part of a windowsill crime watch. Graspable cupcakes include hot-chocolate whipped cream and Grandpa Soapy's lemon-curd cake ($3.50–$5). A gooseberry-frangipane tart puckers satisfied mouths ($4), and savory taste buds swoon over fluffy artichoke-and-feta stratas ($6) and triple-cheese quiche ($6). Made to quell canine confection cravings, dog treats, such as Little Pumpkin nibs ($6), reward well-behaved pups and bribe watchdogs into playing dead.
To create a Mad Dog, cooks take a house-baked baguette bun and tuck one of 10 gourmet sausages inside, choosing from varieties including traditional english bangers, spicy spanish chorizo, and vegetarian-friendly italian soy sausage. Patrons can then smother their choice in sauces ranging from ketchup to curry to the house’s signature Mad sauce. Mad Dogs Café also offers Extreme Mad Dogs, created from couture game such as ostrich, alligator, and wandering decks of Uno cards.