Kane's Donuts' half-century-old recipes helped the bakery snag a spot in Bon Appétit magazine’s Top 10 Best Places for Donuts list. Bagels lament their fate as the black sheep in a family full of sugary donut flavors ($1.50 each; $12.50/doz.), including honey-dipped, powdered-sugar, and black-raspberry-jelly-filled varieties. A star-studded supporting cast includes fluffy capped muffins ($2.25 each; $12.50/half doz.) and two-pound, cinnamon-swirled coffee rolls that span entire plate diameters with cinnamon frosting or honey glaze. Roasted bean juices made from 100% Sumatran blends wash down eviscerated donuts and jump-start days like activating a pacemaker's alarm-clock function.
Firing up the griddles as early as 6 a.m., Le Petit Cafe’s chefs grill up smoked and cured bacon, flip chocolate flapjacks, and lightly brown three-egg omelets. They serve breakfast all day long till closing time at 2 p.m., but in between, lunchers can gnaw into specialty sandwiches such as roast beef with swiss cheese and russian dressing or warm up with a cup of chowder and a coffee.
At Cravings, soda jerks do things the old-fashioned way. They hand-make every batch inside their restored 1920s soda-fountain shop. The menu features a rotating lineup of 36 hard ice-cream flavors such as dutch chocolate and coffee. Diversifying the selection, the offer more than 100 custom-blended soft serve frozen yogurt and soft serve ice creams and frozen yogurts, including 40 varieties with no added sugar. In addition to crafting mainstay menu items, staff prepare fruit smoothies, frappes, floats, ice cream sodas, and ice-cream cakes.
Mildred's Corner Cafe welcomes regulars and new customers alike into a world of quaint Americana, piping-hot pots of coffee, and hearty feasts of homestyle breakfast food. The café’s decor charms first-time visitors with its chrome-lined barstools, chessboard floor, and walls covered in photographs of Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and other 1940s glamour girls. A cozy seating arrangement invites guests to settle in at a table or share laughs with old buddies and newfound friends at the diner counter. After ordering from the menu of classic dishes and innovative specials, diners dig their forks into pumpkin-infused pancakes, huevos rancheros, or southwest eggs benedict, which seats poached eggs and grilled chorizo atop a bed of crispy home fries sauteed with cactus. The beverage menu boasts 25 different flavors of loose-leaf tea and 16-ounce mugs of fresh coffee.
After their meal, patrons can stroll next door to the Old Soul Gift Shop, which memorializes visits with gifts such as vintage knickknacks and kitchenware. And true to its old-fashioned ambiance, Mildred's only accepts payment in the form of cash or barbershop-quartet routines.
With an arsenal of fresh ingredients and rich recipes, Hoff's Bakery has been bestowing gourmet goods on New Englanders for almost 30 years. Check out the sumptuous lineup of desserts, which include six-inch cakes (around $10.95), creamy cheesecakes ($19.95–$23.95), truffle bombs (around $12.95), and trifle cups. Many of Hoff's Bakery's baked goods are certified kosher. Patrons can also snag individual desserts such as mini and personal pastries (starting at $27.50 for 35 pieces), which can be easily concealed in mouths for transport over the border.