Renowned for whipping up customized event and wedding cakes from scratch, the oven gurus at Marco's Patisserie brandish confectionary prowess to craft miniature morsels using high-caliber ingredients and 10 flavors of frosting. Customers can celebrate a milestone event or hone their juggling abilities with a half-dozen cupcakes in the form of vanilla, chocolate, yellow butter, carrot, or red velvet—a patron favorite. Be sure to place orders three days prior to pickup to ensure the bakers have plenty of time to decadently gussy up baby cakes after they’re delivered from the pastry stork.
With graduations, weddings, and whale-wrestling season fast approaching, a customized party cake serves as a tasty treat for groups of gathered revelers. A 10-inch party cake from Maribelle serves about 30 people, and the cakery's abundant bounty of flavors and fillings will please even the most picky cake connoisseur. Plump a lemon almond cake with red raspberry filling, or infuse a rich German chocolate cake with fresh sliced strawberries or Frangelico cream. Any combination of bakery beautifying extras—be they fresh-cut or frosting flowers, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate curls and shavings, or curly ribbons—are included in the price, so pile on the ornamentation to construct a memorable masterpiece.
At Cinnabon, the aromas of scrumptious baked goods waft through the air as storied cinnamon rolls sate appetites and sweet teeth. CinnaPacks teem with a choice of warm, cinnamon-infused Cinnabon classic rolls or petite Minibons, all temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous makara cinnamon and doused with a blanket of cream-cheese frosting. Although not included with today's deal, a cup of rich coffee or a frosty Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast, can revitalize taste buds with flavors more refreshing than a hug from a polar bear.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staffers toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customers can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, staff members also dish out ready-made treats, such as ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
Booster Juice rewards health-conscious consumers with a menu full of smoothies and appetizing alternatives to fatty fast foods. Enjoy a classic smoothie that blends fruit with low-fat frozen yogurt or all-natural sorbets, creating a custom concoction to placate finicky taste buds and give uvulas something to do besides censor your speech ($2.95–$4.95). Guests can load hungrier palates with a satiating surplus of edible options, such as the chicken pesto panini ($4–$4.35), or try one of Booster Juice's pizza combos for two ($8–$12 with two smoothies and salads).
El Rio Bakery & Restaurant's culinary artisans begin baking fresh breads at 3 a.m., and open their doors daily at 6 a.m. to dole out assorted Mexican baked treats. Fresh Mexican classics abound on the lunch and dinner menu, including the chili menudo ($3.50/pint, $6.89/quart), a tripe soup traditionally believed to cure hangovers and temporary grant eaters the power to start fires with their eyes. Combination platters, such as the chili relleno served with rice, beans, and choice of tortillas ($5.59), satisfy aggressive appetites, while individual pastries such as the cochitos—gingerbread cookies shaped like little pigs—eschew refined sugar in favor of molasses and honey ($0.55 each). Among a colorful mural, painted by a local artist, an in-house tortilla factory spins delicate disks of varying diameters, and corresponding likelihoods of representing the different planets in a solar system mobile, with 14-inch burro tortillas ($3.50/ dozen) and 6-inch wheat tortillas ($2/dozen).