With a frosted flotilla of french and classic bars, traditional round donuts, and textured twists, the friendly bakers at Avenue Donuts can dispatch sugary squadrons of 12 at a moment’s notice to quell the threat of volatile sweet teeth. With this Groupon, customers can shake off the authoritarian chains of presorted donut dozens and compose a custom collection of regular and fancy pastries. Dapper dozens of fancy donuts include éclairs filled with succulent custard, tiger tails, and cinnamon rolls ($15), and circular classics feature chocolate-frosted and sprinkled varieties ($9/dozen).
The Cottage on Main greets early risers and midday meanderers alike with a menu that includes many locally acquired ingredients and coffee roasted weekly in Ventura. Start the day off right by sipping on an americano ($2–$3), a Red Eye ($2–$3), or a chai-tea latte ($3–$3.50) instead of car-pooling by filling a neighbor’s convertible with water. Patrons can pair a lid-opening libation with the Sunshine bagel, painted with cream cheese, egg, a choice of turkey or ham, and cheese ($3.75), or the Sparrows Nest sandwich—a toasted bagel splattered with pesto spread, artichoke hearts, tomato, and cheese ($5.25). The beverage depot also proffers fresh-fruit smoothies ($3.75–$4.25), such as the strawberry-banana, the mixed berry, or the Hurricane, which features a blend of strawberry, banana, Red Bull, and delicious lightning bolts.
More than 70 varieties of baked goods erupt with aromas from the Siblings Bakery ovens every day. Passersby catch whiffs of snickerdoodles, apple bars, and crumbly scones, then stop in and find artfully decorated cupcakes and soft cranberry-orange muffins. The bakery is home to an expert cake designer who has been in the business for more than 35 years. With the bakery's help, visitors solicit a custom 3-D wedding cake. They can also bring in a photo of a cherished friend, relative, or cake to be reproduced atop a brand-new cake.