Anna Shea Chocolates & Lounge provides customers with a decadent destination for handcrafted bonbons, toffee, and other sweet treats. Celebrate delicious diversity with a nine-piece Gold Collection box ($20), featuring flavors such as the White Russian and Krystle’s Banana Foster, or toast the coming of sasquatch-hunting season with a five-piece 2010 Fall Collection ($12) that includes the bourbon-flavored Angel's Share and pumpkin-caramel confections such as Indian Summer. Like the nougat-filled roots and sprinkle-coated berries collected by our hunting-and-gathering ancestors, almond bark in milk chocolate and cranberry-pistachio bark in dark chocolate ($12 each) take advantage of the bio-feast to be found in our scrumptious forests. A bacon-laced chocolate bar ($8) combines America’s two favorite breakfast foods into one conveniently scarfable snack.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
The artists in the kitchen at Delicity Cakes build landscapes and sculptures out of flour, butter, and sugar, making tropical paradises, ribbon-strewn towers, and bassinet replicas to help customers celebrate a range of occasions. The team aims to enhance events with detailed visuals, although the impressive imagery shouldn't prevent guests from cutting in, as the custom multilayered cakes feature tasty flavor combinations such as yellow cake with mango curd and strawberry mousse. Cakes can come with fondant icing or be shrunken down with a laser and renamed cupcakes. The bakery also slings specialty cookies and pastries.
Open 24 hours, County Donuts serves freshly baked donuts for early risers, night owls, and ravenous moonbeams. Pick up delectable orbs such as the powdered Bavarian and black raspberry jelly, as well as hand-cut cake donuts, like chocolate glazed, buttercrunch, and cider. Grab one donut ($.89), a half-dozen ($4.75), or a dozen ($6.99), which is the ideal amount for sharing or stuffing a small sofa. County Donuts also bakes specialty treats, such as cinnamon rolls, apple fritters, muffins ($1.39), and daily baked bagels ($1.09).
Alicia Eisenmann fell in love with cake decorating while attending Kendall College, and she now focuses that interest on running Delish Cakes. She and her staff churn out custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for every occasion, from baby showers and quinceañeras to weddings and anniversaries. Based on your ideas, they craft sweets from flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, and pistachio, stuffing them with fresh raspberries, crushed pineapple, vanilla mousse, or lemon curd; among the available finishings are fondant, whipped cream, and chocolate buttercream. In compliance with the 27th Amendment, the team discloses cupcake-making knowledge during onsite classes and parties.
Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”
While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.