Since 1931, three generations of Riesterers, including graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, have been baking breads, inventing icing, and producing pastries at Riesterer's Bakery. Donut desirers can stick a straw in a jelly or boston-cream batch ($10.49 per dozen) to cull creamy corporal fillings, and feng shui enthusiasts contemplate the perfect balance of a black-and-white cookie ($1.95). More than 50 varieties of cake, including black-forest torte, strawberry shortcake and red velvet (starting at $16.95), don icing cloaks in the Riesterer's fitting room before hitting the bakery stage. Triumph over small sweets with a gourmet jumbo cupcake in one of more than 20 flavors ($3.50), or sample savory slices of German sour rye bread ($2.85 per pound) designed to rein in sugar-binged tongues. People searching for shelter from meals made by a roommate who only knows how to use a blender can dine in or take out culinary creations from a café menu with pages warmed by waffles with fresh fruit and toppings ($6.69), hearty overstuffed omelettes ($4.59), and handcrafted burgers (starting at $5.79). Rolls, danishes, pastries, cookies, and other custom and gourmet items fill out pastry pantries recently vacated by traveling tortes.
Contrary to its name, the signature item at Rita's Ice is a sandwich. Well, sort of. Known as the gelati, the tasty creation consists of a mound of italian ice?made from scratch every day using fresh fruit?crammed between two giant dollops of frozen custard. The gelati, along with a construction team that demands to be paid in sprinkles, has helped Rita's expand to more than 500 italian ice stores in the United States over nearly three decades. The Kosher-certified franchise has become so popular that it even made the top of Zagat's list of Best Quick Refreshment chains in 2012.
But the expansion would mean nothing if the desserts themselves weren't delicious. Thankfully, Rita's carries more than a dozen flavors of italian ice, which run the gamut from cantaloupe and guava to cotton candy. The shop also serves gelati, cream ice, milkshakes, and sundaes awaiting to be piled with limitless toppings. To keep taste buds tempted, Rita's consistently adds inventive and seasonal flavors to their menu. Among these are strawberry Starburst italian ice, marshmallow peanut butter cream ice, and pumpkin cheesecake cream ice.
Frosty's manages to hit the sweet spot for both kids an adults with a wide variety of cool treats, from six-layer sundaes to specialty espresso drinks and frozen hot chocolate. On the enormous menu, visitors will find everything from Nutella milkshakes to belgian waffles laden with scoops of ice cream and swirls of fluffy whip cream. A long list of teas is also available on chillier nights, while more than 30 flavors of specialty sno-cones are the perfect way to honor a fallen snowman on the first day of spring.
As the sun rises each morning, chefs Lisa Romero and Lora Tusa are already awake and toiling in The Cupcake Corner's kitchen, crafting batches of artisan cupcakes, cakes, and baked goods. They whip together more than 30 regular cupcake flavors, such as cotton candy and french toast with bacon, and dream up a new flavor each week baked with high-quality ingredients such as Vahlrona cocoa and Cacao Barry chocolate. The miniature delicacies pair splendidly with handcrafted ice creams in flavors such as butter pecan and steamy beverages including Colombian coffee, caramel lattes, and Harvey & Sons teas. For breakfast, the chefs bake up english scones and muffins, and lunchtime yields sandwiches on bagels and croissants.
Across the street stands their 1,500-square-foot shin-dig space, where upbeat staffers host birthday parties, bridal showers, and other special events. Personalized activities, such as jewelry-making, karaoke, and impromptu cupcake fights, make events all the more memorable.
Rich and Greg Komen began Cinnabon back in 1985 with a singular goal in mind: to make "the world's best cinnamon roll." Decades later and after numerous trips to Indonesia to acquire fine Makara cinnamon, the twosome’s vision has come to fruition at storefronts across the globe. Though they started off selling just their signature big Cinnabon Classic roll, a warm, fluffy roll dripping with gooey cream-cheese icing, Rich and Greg’s menu has expanded to include Cinnabon Stix, cupcakes, and refreshing Chillatta coffee drinks and smoothies. From lining display cases at airports, casinos, and even military bases, Cinnabon’s treats are almost omnipresent, ready to satisfy a sweet craving or act as a flotation device for drowning Ken dolls everywhere.
When not detailing playing-card cakes from moldable fondant, Get Baked prides itself on being a one-stop shop for lounging and noshing on all things crumbly sweet and oven baked. Fragrances of fresh-made focaccia, apple turnovers, and 100% Arabica blend coffee fill the quaint bakery where modern hanging lights dangle overhead like blown glass flowers. Beside red and black armchairs, display cases boast neat rows of cookies, brownies, and signature cupcakes such as roman apple and caramel Snickers. Get Baked also offers gelato and sorbet made with all-natural Italian imported ingredients, and 100 flavors of chilly snoball, made with ice crushed by the boxing gloves of Italy's own Rocky Balboa.