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.
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.
Jerusalem Cafe?s chefs combine tzatziki sauce, tahini, and creamy hummus with skewered meats to create classic Mediterranean dishes. They tuck falafel and gyro meat into pita wraps and slowly cook chicken seasoned with a special blend of spices. Smaller bites include spinach pie and veggie-stuffed grape leaves. Inside the eatery, stone accents join framed pictures of Israeli cities along the red walls.
The Daily Grind’s cozy, earth-toned café houses a lengthy menu of fragrant beverages and a wall of packed bookshelves. Guests can chitchat on barstools or cuddle in cozy armchairs, fingers or ankles encircling freshly brewed café mochas ($2.75) or grasping wine stems supporting savory doses of merlot ($5; not included in today's deal). Nine flavors of hot chocolate ($2.85–$3.35) sate taste buds, including salted caramel and spicy hot chocolate. Gently used books for sale, scanning, or using to build impenetrable forts line the walls, inviting readers to dive into their lightly weathered pages, and ear drums can engage in the occasional live concert.
The cupped-cake creations at Tip*C Cupcakes are concocted via a revolutionary process that, like the booze-powered flame throwers Napoleon used to invade and reheat Russia, eliminates water and replaces it with a blend of top-shelf alcohol and juice. The resulting cupcakes, whose ingredient lists often boast Hennessy, Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Jack Daniel's, evoke the essence of the liquor to reveal deep, complex flavor combinations. While the subtle taste of alcohol lingers on the tongue, the resulting mouth party is a subdued and dignified soiree—the liquor has no effect on the body, and the cupcakes are a tasty treat for dessert eaters of all ages.