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The second outpost of the popular Rochester coffeehouse, Dessert Oasis Coffee in the Capitol Park is among the top spots in the city for caffeine lovers. The cavernous, industrial setting ensures that it never looks crowded even when it is a full house. Beans are roasted to perfection on-site to unlock its flavors for a cup of artisanal java. Even their cold brews are a delight to sip. Their decadent desserts are equally notable. Baked daily, they are the sweet indulgence you need with your cuppa. They also serve pour-overs. Nightly live music by local musicians add to the entertainment factor of this place.
Established in 1971, Astoria Pastry Shop has been delighting Detroit residents with a scrumptious selection of desserts and pastries for many years. Voted as the Best Bakery on many occasions, you won't be able to resist selecting a treat from its rows and rows of decadent desserts. Try the Greek pastries like baklava for something a little different than the usual cookies and brownies. Seating is limited, but it's an excellent place for take-out.
The selection at this bakery is second to none. The aroma of freshly baked breads and sweets will knock you off your feet as soon as you walk in the door. Grab a Lafayette French Baguette, a loaf of their Rocking Red Ale Beer Bread, or if sweet is more your style, try the Chocolate Brioche. The Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk Cookie is a signature dish, so don't leave without trying one.
Cookie Chocolate BriocheIn addition to their fantastic breads, Avalon also boasts an impressive array of cookies and other sweets. The Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie is a signature item, so don't leave without trying one!
Variety is the spice of life and there's plenty of it at the Rock City Eatery. This local restaurant serves up an ever-changing selection of contemporary American fare, with a little bit of international flavor thrown in. The food is seasonally inspired and packed with the goodness of locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. While the menu changes often, giving the chef free rein to go where inspiration leads, expect to find all-time favorites like Nicole's Poutine with duck fat fries, and the lamb cheeseburger on the menu. The mac and cheese is especially popular and owes its fame to the bowl made of cheese it is served in. The mains are rivaled only by dessert, so be sure to leave room for some pie! Paired with cocktails, both classic and original, wine and beer, the Rock City Eatery promises a flavorful night on the town.
The highlight of this bakery and cafe is without a doubt the ever-changing selection of sweet and savory pies and cookies. They’re made using only local, seasonal produce and French butter, and are truly artistic creations: one day the menu might have buckwheat chocolate cookies, grapefruit black pepper meringue, and black bean & green chili pie. Sister has a reputation among locals that extends beyond the suburbs. It's not unusual for the pies to sell out before closing time.
Detroit almost lost an institution when a fire nearly destroyed this acclaimed restaurant, but the Truant family rebuilt and recaptured every detail of this cozy, gorgeous place known for its delicious homemade pastas. The mother and son owners keep alive a long tradition started by her brothers. The central Italian cuisine of San Marino includes elegant nightly specials, colorful raviolis, pasta fazole soup and a prize-winning selection of red wines. The desserts are also quite noteworthy. Relish an Italian feast at Giovanni's Ristorante.
Bakery, deli and restaurant all in one, this is a no-frills, low cost, traditional Lebanese establishment with a surprisingly large menu. Choose from baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, chicken shwarma, artichoke salad, eggplant or numerous other dishes, enjoyed with fresh bread prepared on the premises. At the bakery counter you will find a wide array of both Lebanese and Western pastries as well as delicate and elaborate chocolate creations.
Located in Dearborn, people flock to this popular bakery for a taste of one of their delicious desserts. Featuring both European-style pastries and traditional Middle Eastern treats, you cannot leave without trying the pistachio baklawa or cheese katayif. Shatila also produces a line of well-loved Middle Eastern ice creams. Be prepared though - because this place is very popular, there's no way to avoid the long lines.
Ray's Ice Cream has been family owned and operated since 1958. Located in Royal Oak, this quaint shop is a homey blast from the past. All their ice cream is made in house, and they feature flavors such as Mackinac Island Fudge, Detroit Club Coffee, Orange Pineapple, White Russian and Huckleberry. Prices are a bit higher than what you might expect for an ice cream parlor, but the portions are huge and warrant the extra cost.