For 30 years, the skilled bakers of Cox's Bakery have provided customers with a massive variety of cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and baked goods. Their custom decorations artfully spruce up any birthday party as cakes sport designs of bands, cartoon characters, and landscapes. Cupcakes sport mounds of colored frosting and sprinkles, while a variety of donuts include éclairs, fritters, and maple bars. Other items include brownies, cookies, and bread pudding.
Peter's German Grill & Bakery takes visitors on a quick hop to Berlin with its menu of German pastries and sausages. Entrees such as bratwurst?pork sausage?and schnitzel?breaded pork cutlet?can be topped by sauerkraut and other garnishes from a condiment bar. Chefs also coat cakes in blueberry, peach, and banana cream or decorate them with coconut, ?clairs, or another, larger cake.
Valerie Herrera, a skillful cake manipulator and civil engineer, builds humble egg and flour foundations into towering dessert structures. The light texture of vanilla tres leches cakes ($20) wins over pitchfork-toting tongue mobs outraged at its unnatural fusion of three milk types, and strawberries doused in chocolate and dusted with sprinkles ($20 a dozen) tempt even even-tempered palates. Batches of nine walnut-infused brownies ($7.58) and batches of 24 carrot cupcakes ($21.65) prove desirable additions to any permanent dessert collection.
One day, on a family vacation to California, Charlie and Zach Navar made their first stop at a frozen-yogurt shop. It was quickly followed, that same day, by their second stop, and then their third. Enamored with the self-serve frozen-yogurt business, the brothers dedicated the next two years to researching the concept by traveling to shops in other cities and even analyzing El Paso traffic patterns before choosing the ideal location for their own brand.
At Craze Yogurt, the Navars fill their self-serve dispensers with flavors such as apple pie, chocolate hazelnut, dairy-free Hawaiian pineapple, and electro lime, a cooler alternative to eating limes left in a light socket. After crowning their fro-yo with toppings, guests can feast at leather couches in Craze Yogurt's spacious, high-ceiling lounge, where coffee and tea drinks such as peppermint mochas and spiced chai lattes are also available.
Beneath glowing signs announcing the day's flavors, stainless-steel spigots dispense swirls of creamy treats at IceIt Frozen Yogurt. At the center of the shop, the Bottoms Bar wraps around an inner booth, forming a gauntlet of cereal and candy dispensers waiting to loose their crunchy contents to form a foundation tastier than Willy Wonka's chocolate undershirts. Next, fro-yo varieties such as pistachio, cake batter, and cookies 'n' cream fill cups along with non-fat choices such as new york cheesecake. Near the register, toppings such as fresh fruits and nuts wait for their final trip to the scale, after which visitors can haul their creations over to the pink round benches or sleek white chairs.
The Orange Leaf frozen-yogurt enterprise boasts nearly 200 locations, cooling tongues everywhere from Mississippi to Australia. At each colorful shop, customers have total control over their cups, first selecting a combination of yogurt flavors from dozens of low-calorie options and then swinging by the toppings bar to pile on pieces of fruit, sprinkles of granola, crumbles of brownie, or an entire family of gummy bears. Yogurt flavors range from pineapple, chocolate, and no-sugar-added vanilla, to more complex blends, such as strawberry cheesecake and Oreo cookie cake.