The friendly staff at Kane's has dedicated 56 years to forging circular sweets out of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, drawing the attention of reputable magazines such as Bon Appétit and Travel + Leisure. Sink straws into donuts filled with black-raspberry jelly, apples, and blueberries, or grab Os dipped in a honey glaze to make fingers sticky enough to snatch falling napkins or letters from local wind tunnels ($1.50 each, $12.50/dozen). Guests can also fill empty stomach space with donuts decked with powdered sugar, coconut, or cinnamon. A gourmet cup of Sumatran coffee unleashes its spicy, earthy aromas to raise tired eyelids, and freshly baked muffins alight upon palates with the velveteen touch of a kitten juggler wearing silk gloves ($2.25 each, $12.50/half dozen).
Sweet Spot Bakery’s skilled confectioners source top-quality ingredients, including real vanilla and heavy cream, to sift, whip, and bake batters into cupcakes, cakes, and cookies fresh daily. The rotating menu spotlights such dishes as Boston-Globe mentioned chicken pies and treats such as chocolate-covered strawberries or raspberry-shortbread cookies and individual strawberry shortcakes. Fresh apples plot new strategies for keeping the doctor away inside turnovers and dumplings, and buttercream frosting crowns chocolate and white cupcakes with regal dollops of silky sweetness. Full-size cakes can titillate the sweet teeth of 4–75 people and are available in flavors such as mocha raspberry and carrot, or gourmet varieties such as red or blue velvet and caramel mousse. With 24 hours’ advance notice, bakers can design custom creations to match any event’s theme or a party planner’s spirit animal. They also have gluten free options for cakes and cupcakes.
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.
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.