Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.
With scrumptious baked goods and a tempting lineup of chilled beverages, Cinnabon provides a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with a indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the stores’ Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($10.99–$11.99, combo packs add $1, Pecanbons add $2). If your parched lips yearn for a cool beverage, revitalize the taste buds with a Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast ($3.69–$4.39). Caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a cup of Cinnabon’s rich coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up ($1.69–$1.99).
Praised by patrons and local press, Ridley's Bakery Café crafts hearty sandwiches with quality ingredients on hand-sliced bread. Every morning, the eatery's bakers rise at 2:30 a.m. to watch their favorite infomercials and to prepare the shop's fresh bread, available in a half-dozen varieties, including asiago and sourdough. The menu satisfies sandwich devotees from all walks of life with vegetarian and low-fat options, such as the fat-free tuna-salad sandwich ($6.25). Teeth crunch through sliced cucumber, roasted red pepper, and lemon-herb dressing atop the turkey garden club ($6.50), while stomachs fill pastry vacancies with a rotating selection of savory 10-ounce muffins ($4.75), packed with herbs, seasonings, vegetables, and cheeses. Miniature explorers sail across the top of a 12-ounce bowl of creamy chicken-wild-rice soup ($3.35), occasionally docking at the edge of a bread bowl ($2 extra) or mistaking a piece of poultry for India.
Owned and operated by Sharon Bienkowski and family, Sweet Simplicity’s recipe rolodex stretches back through three generations of bakers specializing in old-fashioned, made-from-scratch treats. Sweet Simplicity’s ovens turn out a steady stream of cookies (3 for $2), jumbo cupcakes in gourmet guises ($3, $30/doz.), and warm apple pies, all with fresh fruit, fine flour, and real butter folded into their batters and crammed into their crusts ($10.99). Secure the dessert course and impress dinner guests' tongues with one of Sweet Simplicity’s handcrafted cakes, such as a 9” Neapolitan cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust ($29.99) or an eight-inch triple raspberry tort—moist dark-chocolate cake obfuscating a center of raspberry mousse, enfolded with rich chocolate ganache, and topped with Belgian chocolate shavings, fresh raspberries, and several pending liability claims for flavor-induced overdoses ($32.99).
Insalata owner Mickey Mardirosian is no stranger to the local restaurant industry, having spent more than a decade running eateries in Detroit. As he told the Oakland Press, it was his reminiscences of seeing health-conscious diners ordering salads at another restaurant that sparked his desire to open Insalata.
Offering self-serve salads with made-to-order paninis and sandwiches, Insalata marries customization with healthy food, like a smartphone carved out of an apple. At the salad bar, patrons choose from four types of greens before making selections from more than 40 toppings and 15 dressings. Guests can also clasp fingers around the panini Insalata, with salami, ham, capicola, and pesto mayo, or sweetly cap off meals as they dig spoons or straws into frozen yogurt or fresh-fruit smoothies.
Grand Traverse Pie Company offers more than 25 flavors of pie baked fresh daily, from ingredients supplied primarily by Michigan vendors, and a savory selection of comforting fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Stock up on sustenance for a long day of street performing by breakfasting on a hearty bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich ($3.49), and add an order of the gooey caramel pecan rolls ($1.99) for a sweet, meal-accompanying treat. Mid- and late-day diners will enjoy the extensive offering of salads and cold or grilled sandwiches, or any of Grand Traverse Pie Company's warm and comforting entrees, such as the piping-hot prime-rib pot pie ($6.99) cloaked in Grand Traverse Pie Company 's famous flaky crust, or the protein-packed broccoli and cheddar quiche ($6.50), for a breakfast-inspired dinner.