The vegan-sweet specialists at X's to O's use organic ingredients to concoct a tempting selection of made-from-scratch baked goods that are high in tastiness and void of hydrogenated guilt. Baker Sarah Preston's Twinkie–esque cream-filled canoe boats paddle by in fun flavors such as vanilla, carrot cake, cookies 'n' cream, and chocolate peanut butter ($1.50), and the roster of creative cakes ($4 per slice) and cupcakes ($2.50 each) includes orange creamsicle, pumpkin chocolate chip, and pineapple. Pie ($4 per slice), cookies ($1.50–$2), and brownies ($1.50–$2.50) fix acute cocoa cravings, saving brunette-headed passersby from misguided licking.
After a change of ownership in January 2011, David’s Fine Foods expanded its repertoire of delicacies to include a heartier new menu of sandwiches and breakfasts served until 1:00 p.m. Start the day with a fluffy three-egg omelette ($4), or indulge in brunch-time decadence with a tri-layered stack of strawberry, blueberry, or chocolate-chip pancakes ($4). Diners can crunch into a crusty, freshly baked french roll stuffed with maple-roasted turkey breast and crisp lettuce ($4.95), or quietly sink teeth into lean Angus pastrami cloaked in a soft wrap that cushions cacophonous munching and provides an ideal meal to prevent librarian shushing or to pack for covert Bigfoot stake-outs ($5.95).
Frozen mounds of kosher-certified yogurt spill from self-serve stations at Lemondrop Frozen Yogurt, awaiting more than 50 toppings. Armed with an empty cup or an umbrella turned upside down, guests capture the frozen rivulets of tahitian vanilla, espresso, cookies 'n' cream, and greek honey. They then sprinkle on fresh fruit and candy toppings such as blackberries, strawberries, chocolate-covered pretzels, and peanut-butter cups.
Bake For You’s confectionery magicians mix together organic sugar and flour, free-range eggs, and creamy Vermont butter to conjure forth a daily menu of cupcakes, cookies, scones, and other decadent desserts. Made-to-order and filled with coconut and chunks of pineapple, carrot-cake cupcakes hide from prowling bunnies under thick swirls of cream-cheese icing. The oven light never sets on Earl Grey brownies ($27/dozen), which honor their queen with a crown of powdered sugar and impeccably polite chocolate flavors. Oatmeal-cranberry cookies ($18/dozen) harbor just enough bite to deter potential sweet-treat snatchers, and crispy scone sextets ($15) blend butter, cream, and flour with in-season fruits or savory cheddar and thyme.
At The Chocolate Gecko, award-winning chocolatiers swirl together fresh fruit, spicy cayenne pepper, and a splash of rich liqueurs to form decadent treats comprising all-natural ingredients. The shop’s multi-tiered shelves sprout batches of chocolate-dipped fruit and classic sweets, such as peanut-butter cups, turtles, and rich, butter toffee komodo crunches. Molded truffles burst with creamy liqueur-infused fillings and take on a variety of shapes, including Aztec pyramids, tiny Buddhas, and the heads of former Supreme Court justices.
The Chocolate Gecko’s sweet-tooth-appeasing staff shares its confectionary wisdom during one-hour chocolate-making classes, which have covered such sweet-concocting skills as tempering basics, concocting both molded and hand-rolled truffles, and reverse engineering the Cadbury Bunny. The Chocolate Gecko encourages guests to bring along alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages to complement the velvety morsels of each class.