The flavorful flurry of homemade baked goods at Sweet Tooth Delivery imparts mouths with 30 years of perfected recipes. Bakers concoct an assortment of cookies ($0.59) including mainstay chocolate-chip and white-chocolate macadamia-nut varieties. Mini bundt-cakes ($1.49) can sate smaller appetites or supply pocket-sized nourishment for mid-wedding vow snacking. Almond constellations swirl through a fudgy interstellar nebula with each bite of a sweet praline ($1.69). Sugar-free cookies and candies pepper the store’s confection-filled shelves, along with Mylar ($2.99) and latex ($1) balloons and an assortment of gifts. Sweet Tooth Delivery is open Tuesday through Friday, leaving weekends free for eating broccoli.
Wedding-cake maker extraordinaire Aly B, née Alyson Foreman, harnesses more than 14 years of experience as she whips up cookies, muffins, and custom cakes inside her bakery. Sugar cookies might appear in the form of footballs or almost-too-cute-to-eat turtles and fluffy-tailed bunnies, whereas cupcakes transform into butterfly-filled garden scenes and lifelike depictions of the fall of Rome. Staple items on the menu include brownie bars, chocolate-chip and oatmeal cookies, cupcakes, and scones, with each day bringing a different lineup of options. The bakery also hosts themed kids' parties.
Making cupcakes from scratch with recipes you developed yourself doesn’t just attract swarms of hungry customers—it can also attract the attention of the Food Network. Kim Wood’s batches of artistic and decadent desserts landed her a spot on Cupcake Wars, where she competed with three other confection experts for the chance to be named the kitchen victor. Back in her shop, she crafts the same sweets she made on TV as well as dozens of other cupcake flavors, using only fresh, whole ingredients such as sweet-cream butter, fresh fruit, and cupcake wrappers just plucked from the garden. Her signature flavors—which include key-lime pie, italian cream cake, and chocolate mint—vary by the day, and gluten-free and vegan options are available once per week. Beyond the signature sweets, Wood keeps things interesting by modifying her cupcakes into cake balls, cake pops, and cream-filled whoopee pies.
Cupcake Gallery’s pastry chefs whip up more than 30 varieties of cupcakes in flavors such as salted caramel, raspberry, and mocha. A german chocolate cake recipe—passed down through the founders’ family for more than a century—fills both cupcakes and traditional cakes, which the bakers elaborately frost to resemble cartoon characters, musical instruments, and favorite Whig Party leaders. In addition to serving smoothies and house-roasted coffee, the kitchen crew also assembles take-and-bake casseroles such as the cheesy chicken potato and Seafood Spectacular. Behind the counter, they concoct house smoothies in flavors such as banana split and piña colada and mix whole cupcakes into their signature cupcake milk shakes to create tempting combinations such as peanut butter and chocolate.
Every night, the bartenders at Twine Restaurant create new cocktails inspired by their favorite books in the restaurant's library, such as the Skinny Russian, which honors The Brothers Karamazov. The playfully elegant drinks hint at the similar philosophy behind Twine's food menu, which begins with breakfasts of french macarons, housemade bagels, and gourmet coffee and tea. Lunch options include a smoked pulled-pork sandwich served on blueberry texas toast with slaw, as well as a handful of crisp salads and wraps. The Sunday-brunch menu helps diners celebrate the weekend with thick slices of french toast and quiche. For dinner, tablemates can pass around small plates of charcuterie and mussels.
In addition to Twine's signature cocktails, a well-rounded wine and beer menu helps to enhance the comforting flavors of each meal. Live music gives customers a reason to test out new tap shoes, with themed evenings including What the Funk? and Tuesday Blues Day.