Helmed by oven masters Patricia Calcetto and Gabriel Jorge, Caramel Swirls Gourmet Cakes and Pastries assembles trans-fat-free confections from organic ingredients, churning out decadent desserts from scratch daily. Gourmet signature cupcakes travel in schools of 12 to intimidate hunting fingers and sweet-toothed sharks, luring taste buds with such flavors as peanut-butter explosion, Southern red velvet, and spiced ginger. S'mores cupcakes kindle a chocolaty campfire inside cozy mouth cabins, and bananachoco cupcakes require minimal peeling to access their fruity cores. Alternatively, customers can scribe personalized messages for birthdays or to tell someone that a can opener should not be used to open a pop can on a roster of signature cakes that come packaged in keepsake boxes. The macaroon-coconut cake melds vanilla-bean batter with milk caramel and cloaks the entire sugary shell in the bakery's coconut-macaroon recipe. Hand-rolled truffles slip into gowns of roasted pistachios or cocoa powder as they roost atop the creamy white-chocolate layers of the ultimate truffle cheesecake, and the mocha-espresso cake dapples chocolate shavings over coffee-buttercream sheets. Caramel Swirls also combats childhood hunger as it satiates sweet teeth by appropriating a portion of its proceeds to feeding youngsters in need.
Fresh Healthy Café serves up quick, healthy alternatives to fast food, including fruit smoothies, veggie-loaded wraps, and paninis. Asian chicken wraps blend mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, and crispy noodles, and portobello paninis meld mozzarella and red onions with balsamic vinaigrette. A roster of 15 smoothies includes the True Blue: pomegranate-blueberry juice with nonfat frozen yogurt, blueberries, and bananas. Beyond their dedication to keeping people healthy, Fresh Healthy Café keeps the planet in shape with biodegradable cups and packaging materials made of corn.
The bakers at Heavenly Cheesecakes & Chocolates make sweet days sweeter by whipping up custom treats suited to any special occasion. Their wedding cakes are both beautiful and delicious, which earned the bakery a spot among the top 25 in America, according to one issue of InStyle Weddings. The shop garners the most renown for its cheesecakes, however, which blend dairy, sugar, and fruit to create flavors such as georgia peach, pumpkin, and chocolate marble.
Best Bagels & Deli Too's chefs practice a centuries-old method of kettle-boiling bagels before baking them in a hearth-stone oven. The resulting bagels—available in more than 15 flavors including super-egg and french toast—bookend stuffings such as nova cream cheese or homemade pastrami. A quintet of house-made breads including rye and challah also lend their slices toward the creation of salad, deli, and grilled sandwiches. The grilled reuben, Best Bagels' specialty sandwich, is piled high with corned beef on rye and paired with fries, a side salad, and a pickle. On its extensive roster of sandwich fillings, the menu lists seven types of smoked fish, which, like wooden planks in a karate classroom, are hand-sliced. Additional homemade specialties include brisket, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, and freshly roasted turkey breast. Drinkable delights include old fashioned chocolate egg cream sodas, and baked goods seal meals with a touch of sweetness, whether in the form of rugelach, black and white cookies, or other freshly baked confections.
Cafe Heavenly welcomes guests into a world of gourmet seafood bisques and crab cakes, tangy gorgonzola salads, and savory flatbreads, surrounded by the appetizing scent of toasted subs and paninis. The bill of fare comes alive with classic northeastern seafood fare, such as the award-winning New England–style clam chowder or the buttery, whole-crustacean lobster rolls—born from the restaurateur's multiple trips to Maine and annual productions of Our Town. The brick-and-mortar location's seaside position and umbrella-shaded outdoor seating beckon to passersby with its laid-back bistro charm, whereas a food truck takes the mantra of tropical fruit smoothies and housemade lobster rolls to the streets.