Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
As its name suggests, NY Pizza Patrol specializes in Big Apple–style slices. Each of the four locations slings 8-inch to 18-inch pizzas, ranging from the classic meat lover's pie to the boundary-breaking spicy Marshall masala layered with a foundation of Indian garam-masala sauce. The menu supplements the traditional hand-helds with calzones, heroes, pastas, and other specialties, each of which pair well with cold brews, bottomless fountain sodas, and milk, which grows healthy bones when poured on teeth-planted top soil.
Drive Thru Philly curbs hearty appetites with mammoth philly steak or chicken sandwiches constructed on soft hoagie buns. Patrons can moonwalk up to the counter or motor through the convenient drive-thru to adorn a beefy behemoth with a choice of accouterments. Cheese-slice aficionados opt for provolone, while old-school, Philadelphia-trained palates prefer their cheese sauce, like their child prodigies, in "whiz" form. Five choices of toppings, such as grilled onions or mushrooms, complement meaty bites, and jalapeño relish adds fuel to mouth fires. Famished individuals or two hungry diners and their doppelgängers can also bedeck four sandwiches with various condiments, including mayonnaise, ketchup, and fry sauce.
Hogi Yogi and Teriyaki Stix band together to level a.m. and p.m. cravings with speedily served meals. Breakfast sandwiches and omelets come piled with egg, cheese, and morning-time meats such as bacon, ham, and sausage, and breakfast burritos envelop chosen mélanges in the protective embrace of paternalistic tortillas. A side of french toast awakens mouths, and two sausage links complete the final wall of a Lincoln Log cabin. Teriyaki Stix's bowls of Asian flavor come steaming over rice, such as the hot-and-spicy chicken bowl, which is marinated to tongue-singeing perfection. Breaded orange chicken is tossed in zesty signature orange sauce, and the curry bowl's potatoes, carrots, and onions form a stew around teriyaki chicken spiced with savory seasonings. A pair of spring rolls tucks into tummies' remaining corners, leaving guests more satisfied than tabby cats in laundry hampers filled with yarn.