Beau Mollinary and Jennifer Petersen know that kolache aren’t just a great dessert—when ornamented with a dollop of jalapeño cream cheese or a blend of turkey and brie, the Czech pastries become a savory, hunger-sating morsel. At the couple’s bakery and coffee shop, Chaos Kolaches, pastries contain not just sweet fillings, such as peach and banana nutella, but also meaty helpings such as pulled pork and chicken broccoli. The café also wakes up taste buds with gluten-free muffins, housemade oatmeal, and, on Saturdays, aebelskivers, a popover-style pancake. Starting as early as 6 a.m., diners can lounge on the patio and browse free WiFi, or simply admire the café’s red, black, and white interior for five hours straight. Guests can wash down their treats with Cafeto coffee and espresso drinks until the doors close, which happens when the clock ticks to 1 p.m. or a nationwide fire drill takes place.
What started as a hobby for Jodi Strausbaugh became a business venture when she was flooded with requests for her colorful bites of cake on a stick. At The Cake Pop Shoppe, Jodi crafts cake pops according to the customer’s request. Though she bakes balls of cake in flavors such as milk chocolate, red velvet, and mocha, the surface of the cakes pops is where Jodi shows off her creative flair. She rolls them in scintillating sugar crystals or frosts them in colors to match a party theme or the fur of a successfully kidnapped football mascot.
Visitors walking past Crumb Together’s storefront catch sight of brightly colored red, yellow, and green outdoor tables. The satisfied looks of customers sipping mochas and lattes gives them pause, but it's the smell of melted chocolate that finally draws them in. Once indoors, vibrant local artwork welcomes them, as do different cookie varieties that sit on the counter waiting to be sampled. Just below them in the glass display case, made-from-scratch ginger snaps lay side by side with oatmeal raisin cookies cookies. Gluten-free options and upon-request vegan options promote the bakery's belief in the inalienable right to snack. Once selected, the gourmet treats can be nibbled on the premises.
The cuisine at Vanilla Jill's Scoops and Soups strives to provide customers with a gourmet selection of health-conscious soups, desserts, and drinks. A dessert selection of grass-fed small-batch ice cream, kefir-based gourmet frozen yogurt, and vegan and sugar-free desserts helps support paleo and non-paleo diets alike. Ice cream flavors include red velvet raw and vanilla bean cheesecake with local black calf raspberry swirl.
Possessing a savory speciality, they also serve customers soups and stews. Using a base of broth cooked down from grass-fed meat bones, soups and stews are filled with pastured or organic meat, as well as organic veggies, spices, and herbs. The rotating soup selection includes flavors such as verde chicken with seasonal veggies and pumpkin stew with sausage.
Not to be outdone by other menu items, a gluten-free waffle selection contains both sweet and savory options, such as orange-poppy seed with cranberries and savory carrot dill. Waffles can also be served as a sundae or in the paleo variety. While finishing their meals, customers can quench their thirst with Kombucha tea served on tap.
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