The bakers at Best City Cupcakes love unusual requests. Past
custom cake orders have seen them sculpting shapeless layers of moist cake and fresh buttercream into spooky haunted castles or sudsy mugs perched beneath a suspended can of beer. They even hold a monthly contest that invites customers to enter in their own unique cupcake recipes, and add past winners––such as the chocolate-cayenne Afterburn––to the menu for an entire month. Not that any of the shop's regular flavors would ever be considered bland; staples include The Britt, a dark-chocolate merlot topped with rich chocolate ganache, and the Elvis Lives—a banana chocolate-chip cupcake topped with peanut-butter frosting and thick pieces of grilled bacon. And because Best City Cupcakes knows that each household has varying cupcake needs, each flavor is available in standard size or as a bite-size mini, depending on whether they're being served as dessert or used as confetti.
In it's own words, Cafe Bliss strives to serve as an extension of it's clients' own home kitchen. That homey quality is readily apparent the moment patrons step inside. In the lobby, they're greeted with built-in bookshelves studded with quaint potted plants, china, and other knick-knacks, not to mention a glass pie case filled with decadent desserts like baklava and carrot cake. The feel-good vibe permeates the menu as well, which features comfort foods ranging from
Belgian waffles and create-your-own omelets to quiche, creamy alfredo
penne, and house-made tuna salad, which chefs happily stuff into croissants or diners' outstretched palms. A dedicated gluten-free menu provides nearly a dozen options from chicken kabobs to quinoa pasta, and an espresso bar features a long list of classic coffeehouse favorites including sea salt caramel mochas and hot chocolates with raspberry drizzle.
Fresh from the oven! Panera Bread offers a delicious range of breads, pastries, and treats.
Mindful eaters are advised to count calories a different day, as Panera Bread is without low-fat fare.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Wifi here is on the house.
That's right! Panera Bread will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
You can also grab your food to go.
The super-affordable fare at Panera Bread will definitely make your budget happy too — prices are almost always under $15.
The mother-daughter team behind The Lil Bake Shoppe create eye-pleasing and mouthwatering sweets. Sheet cakes, tiered cakes, wedding cakes, customized shape cakes—whichever type you order, the cake will be almost as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. In addition to large cakes, The Lil Bake Shoppe also turns out cupcakes. Click here to view some of their designs.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We use the highest quality ingredients possible including locally sourced pastured eggs and dairy. Rotating gourmet flavors and donuts made entirely by hand allow us to stand out as Charlotte?s only artisan donut shop.
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
We keep a few constant flavors on hand and our cinnamon sugar donut with cream cheese frosting has proven to be a favorite. Starting with our scratch made yeast dough kneaded by hand, it is then finished with a dusting of fresh ground cinnamon and sugar and topped with our homemade buttercream.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We were looking for a family business and fell back on our culinary roots, filling a void in the Charlotte food scene with gourmet donuts and exceptional coffee.
What do you love most about your job?
The highlight of my job is the reaction of our patrons when they finally taste a real donut. A surprising benefit of having our shop has been building relationships with our repeat customers.
Take a seat at Cafe 157 for an inviting cafe experience in the middle of town.
Mindful eaters are advised to count calories a different day, as Cafe 157 is without low-fat fare.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Cafe 157's full bar to top off your meal.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Cafe 157 — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Cafe 157 can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Sit outside at Cafe 157 and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Cafe 157.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Cafe 157.
Cafe 157 can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Meals at Cafe 157 are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.