Helmed by owner and cake artist Mandy Williams, The Cake Company unfurls a fresh panoply of cookies, brownies, and fetching customized cakes. Peanut-butter or snickerdoodle cookies strut around plates next to their gargantuan cousins, the 12-inch or 16-inch chocolate-chip cookies. Cake-smiths set up private consultations for prospective brides and grooms, wherein couples taste their way through six samples before collaborating on the design for their perfect wedding cake. The pastry architects commemorate other special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or finally figuring out how to ride two bikes at once with specialty cakes adorned with colorful buttercream or fondant arranged into clever designs, such as a lighthouse, a giant cupcake, or a spray-paint can.
A lifelong baker, Tina turned her zeal for treats into a business when she opened Bluebonnet Cupcakery in fall of 2012. She is known for her original creation––the pie cupcake––but she also whips up batches of traditional cupcakes, sugar cookies, and cakes for special occasions. Her baked goods are a hit at events such as baby showers and birthday parties as well as meetings and company food fights. Always open to suggestions, she adorns her treats with custom decorations at no additional charge.
The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests’ senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store’s staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the on-site creamery and helping patrons select a flavor from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company’s founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery’s signature sweet-cream ice cream using their culinary expertise.
Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer’s choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange. Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers a menu full of other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes.
For more than 30 years, Great Harvest Bread Company has fashioned fresh, handmade loaves, muffins, and baked goods every day from scratch using whole wheat from family-owned farms. Gourmet meats, cheeses, and garnishes are sandwiched between honey whole wheat, Harvest white, or Squall, whose yeast only rises when placed in a windy thunderstorm. Green, yellow, and red bell peppers marinated in balsamic vinaigrette snuggle into the roast beef and peppers panini ($6.75) alongside melted provolone, chipotle-mayo sauce, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Coated in a garlic-and-herbs spread, melted provolone and cheddar cheese oozes from an old-fashioned grilled-cheese sandwich ($4.25), and veggie monsters ($6.25) pack childhood closets with terrifyingly tasty lettuce, tomato, onion, bell peppers, and balsamic-marinated tofu. Sweet, sticky cinnamon rolls and muffins sated with fresh blueberries, raspberries, pumpkin, and chocolate chips bundle into dozens, prepared to mix and match per each patron's preference.
The aqua buffs at Water Still purify their high-grade, healthful H2O with a process dubbed Ultra Premium Vapor Distillation. The staff believes that the chemicals and malevolent substances found swirling through common tap water can lead to diseases and ailments of the body, so Water Still enables clients to quench everyday thirst with distilled water and other beverages made from distilled water. The crew of drink chefs steeps 20 flavors of tea, both sweet and unsweet, in their well-scoured water using a proprietary brewing process that cannot be duplicated by scientists or even the most up-to-date xerox machine. Water Still has been concocting its specialty liquid solutions since 1989 and also freezes and purveys ice, which comes in cubes, nuggets, and crushed form.
The grillmasters at GJ's pursue palates with a menu that bursts at the seams with mouthwatering Mexican dishes, American classics, and breakfast that's served all day. The eatery's seven burrito selections, which include the brisket ($3.29) and verde chili ($2.29), transport diners to the guacamole-paved streets of Acapulco, and GJ's burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion ($5.99) serves as edible ammo against bellowing hunger pains. For a brawny breakfast, occupy your mandibles with biscuits and gravy ($2.99) or fluffy pancakes with crispy bacon ($3.99)––guaranteed to win over tasters or they get their money back. The tot-sized chicken strips from the kids' menu ($4.59) mute children's mouths before they ask strangers awkward questions about their stock portfolios. Diners can celebrate a savory meal with a slice of New York–style cheesecake ($3.49) inside GJ's cozy confines or drive around and ask for their treats to go at the convenient drive-thru.