While the name may suggest that Ele Cake Co. is a simple bakery operation, the several Dayton-area locations of this restaurant feel much more like a bistro. With a menu of sandwiches, small plates and other kinds of cuisine with specialties around the world, there’s definitely more to the place than its name. Come hungry and be ready to be filled, but don’t think about skipping dessert; that would be a mistake. About as bad a mistake as missing out on this spot.
Capitalizing on the meteoric resurgence of the East Nashville neighborhood, Kahn’s Desserts opened its doors in 2011 as a vegan bakery with inspiration that came from the nearby Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant. And Kahn’s has the concept covered; selling products with no dairy, eggs, refined sugar, bleached flour, or animal products. It’s a very difficult thing to make — baking with an entirely different set of staples, and yet still coming up with something sweet and delicious. But this spot shows just how advanced, and how delicious, vegan baking has become. This spot is fantastic.
Dayton has got a lot of food trucks, but it’s only got one suck truck devoted entirely to cupcakes; that’s Go Cupcake, the pink van that pops up in all kinds of events and gatherings in Dayton during the warm months. With a tray of tasty-looking desserts that draw in passerby, and friendly owner Jenny Cox, Go Cupcake is hard to miss. Sampling the cupcakes, it’s no surprise that this little truck was an early addition to the local food truck scene that has since stuck around.
A newer concept which has recently opened at The Greene shopping center in Beavercreek, east of Dayton, Cork Wine & Dine is the resident wine bar of the development, and offers a variety of light cuisine to go along with an extensive selection of wines of all vintages and nationalities. Newcomers to wine and connoisseurs alike are apt to find a pleasant evening in the warmly lit, classy interior of Cork. The food which goes along with it is pretty good, so you may quickly find this quiet little concept growing on you.
A bakery that serves the Lyndon area of northeast Louisville, Cake Flour is a great spot for Kentucky folks to try a wide variety of baked goodies. The brainchild of New York-educated baker Claudia DeLatorre, Cake Flour looks to bring organic, high-quality baked ingredients to its products, and the result is a great menu of cupcakes, pastries, cakes and baked favorites with a lot of love and a few unique flavors. It’s an interesting spot, and one that seems to have carved out a good niche in Louisville as a unique bakery.
Modern American cuisine is a tricky thing. There are so many different ideas and concepts coming and going from today’s dining scene. It’s what makes writing food blogs like this one so fun. Hundreds of reviews later, though, some of the concepts blend together, some of the ideas become repetitive.
But every now and then you find something truly amazing. Atlanta is home to one of those things. And it is called Dulce Vegan Bakery. Today’s diner wants to find something interesting to eat on a healthier note. But vegetarian and vegan concepts that make amazing food are hard to find. Which is why Dulce is worth a special visit.
Another recent addition to Northside in Cincinnati, Happy Chicks Bakery was created by vegans for vegans, and will appeal to the sweet tooth in you while keeping the flavors local and conscientious. In all of the cupcakes, cookies, pies and other seasonal items, what I really found wandering through this place was a group of folks who care deeply about what they do. And while the spot brings out a lot of locals, this neighborhood bakery should bring about a lot more attention for its great niche.
One of the many bakeries that set up shop around Dayton, The Cakery serves the northern highway town of Troy, and it fills a niche there, where the community’s other big bakery specializes mostly in bread and more artisan stuff, the Cakery does elegant cakes, cupcakes, and those all-too-irresistible confections. Much of the signature of this bakery can be found on the fancy frosting creations that adorn the top of its many cakes and cupcakes. The Cakery is run by frosting artists, and they’re some of the best local designer cake makers in town.
Another fresh new option on Bowling Green’s main stretch, Little Miss Cupcakes is a sweet little store selling home-baked goodies for local residents and Bowling Green State University students. It’s a small-scale operation, selling different cupcakes every day, but even the casual observer might notice the creativity that goes into these tasty little cakes. Bowling Green hasn’t had a lot of dedicated local bakeries until recently. It’s really cool to see one spring up with a cool take on dessert items like this one does. Passerby will find it worth a detour.