For more than 50 years, the sweet-treat crafters of The Baking Grounds Bakery Cafe have been churning out customized confectionaries in an old-fashioned, family-run boutique bakery. Dining duos can peruse the made-from-scratch lunch menu items before yodeling out orders, such as ham, turkey, or chicken-salad sandwiches. Bowls of homemade soup and sides of chips chime salty notes against epiglottises as a freshly baked cookie polishes off the meal with a sweet treat.
The bakers of The Baking Grounds whip together freshly crafted cakes for any special occasion, from weddings and anniversaries to graduations from light-pole-climbing school. After discussing designs with a friendly cake constructor, batter bases will be poured from chosen flavors, such as marble, lemon pound, or chocolate-almond pound, which can be encased around cake filling, such as apricot or cannoli. A fondant-free layer of buttercream icing crowns the confectionary masterpiece with delicious icing flavors and skillfully applied swirls and flower cake designs to fill cheek caves.
Dishing out 17 cupcake flavors to sugar-craving customers—including a special cognac-infused creation for rapper Ludacris—the patisserie artisans at Gimme Some Suga satiate sweet teeth with elaborate confections constructed daily with rich icings and fresh fruits. Soak up advice about life, love, and frosting from a bona-fide pastry chef in a 90-minute cupcake decorating class that includes a complimentary beverage and a Gimme Suga apron along with a batch of class-created goodies to take home. This dessert-adorning tutorial teaches students how to permeate sweets with flavorsome filling, shape fondant into ornate designs, and bedeck icing with simple items such as candy to create believable characters for edible renditions of Citizen (Candy) Kane. Those seeking abdominal edification over culinary education can select from a wide range of signature cupcakes, including the red velvet, a cream-cheese-topped delectable crafted from a secret family recipe, and the cookie-and-cream cupcake garnished with Oreo buttercream frosting (available individually for $2.75 each).
Trained body wrappers cocoon customers’ corpora in soft, porous bandages that are then soaked in a solution of rich minerals and stardust every 20 minutes. Body Nouveaux uses SlenderTone active wraps, which allow winsome wearers to perform light exercises such as walking in place, working out on a glider, or caber tossing to increase circulation and enhance tightening results. After 60 relaxing minutes, wraps are removed to reveal the shapely new figure within.
Serving up authentic, organic fare, Lucci's Little Italy hosts a Mediterranean menu medley of fresh and fragrant pizza, pasta, and authentic Italian desserts. Revel in a rotund cup of fagioli soup ($2.95), or calm surly stomachs with a crostini-kissed prosciutto salad, with Italian ham, mozzarella, fresh tomato, and basil oil on a crunchy bed of romaine ($9.95). Unlike baked Alaska, baked pastas such as oven-baked lasagna ($8.95) and baked ziti ($8.95) do not require taste buds to hitchhike through Canada. Pizza disks arrive in 7- and 10-inch formats, loaded with meatballs ($6.95/$9.95), chicken-pesto displays ($8.95/$11.95), and chicken alfredo, spinach, and dried-cranberry combinations ($9.85/$12.95).
Every day at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, passionate ice-cream professionals craft fresh frozen treats while drawing from an arsenal of more than 200 recipes. At any given time, up to 24 different ice-cream flavors situate themselves on the shop’s menu, providing creamy canvases for a mélange of toppings including M&Ms, Oreos, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, fudge, and gummy worms. A lineup of yogurt, sorbet, and fat-free selections provide lighter yet equally satisfying alternatives to traditional cones, and chilled beverages such as iced coffees, shakes, Brain Freezers, and fresh-fruit smoothies challenge slurpers to sip until lips become permanently frozen in the shape of an ear-to-ear grin. Bruster's also makes ice-cream pies, 8-in. cakes, and sheet cakes. In addition to dishing out treats from behind the counter, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream totes its refreshing repertoire to various events, where the company typically donates a portion of its sales to the event’s cause. For fundraising information, please contact the Bruster's during business hours.
The Patio's casual menu of from-scratch soups, vertically impressive sandwiches, and fresh-baked goods has earned a place in locals' hearts and has even caught the printed eye of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Sandwiches such as the pastrami Reuben on marbled rye or the chicken salad snuggle with potato chips and a mini muffin, whose small stature masks a desire for world domination. Diners can marvel at the bistro salad's symphony of flavor, with roasted pecans, dried cranberries, and the baritone rumblings of oven-roasted turkey drizzled with citrus vinaigrette. Café cups house hearty ladles of daily soup specials, including the popular creamy chicken and wild rice, and freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, and bars decorated with sinful toppings or adorable icings add a sweet exclamation point to the end of a casual lunch or dinner. Those opting for the catered box lunches can order any of 11 types of sandwiches, with vegetarian options available, for pickup, delivery, or teletransportation within three miles of the café.