These are three afternoon treks in downtown. Pick one, or you could probably do all three if you wanted a really busy day.
- Each is really short, well under a mile.
- Anchor End is only currently downtown in Westlake Park on Fridays. Plan accordingly and check their schedule before heading out.
- Nothing here is completely allergy friendly, but Dahlia Bakery and Anchor End both have gluten free options.
- Daily Dozen is cash only.
Fran’s + Daily Dozen
I know I’ve covered this one a lot, but that’s because it’s 1) easy and 2) something people still rarely do, even though it’s easy and actually fairly cheap at ~$7 (depending on how well you tip).
- Go to Daily Dozen, get 6-12 cinnamon sugar doughnuts, which will be $4-$6 in cash. (I find this is the best option, but you do you.)
- Walk out of the market, then downhill/south on First to Fran’s. You’ll know you’re there by the sudden fancy cul de sac for parking at the Four Seasons.
- Order a small drinking chocolate. (I like ordering in, though it’s also fun to sit outside and watch the waterfront.)
- Doughnuts. Hot chocolate. Rejoice!
Tom Douglas Mini-Crawl
- Serious Pie: chocolate budino
- Lola: doughnuts
- Dahlia Bakery: puddings, seasonal tarts
A long, long time ago, I got my start in blogging by eating at all the Tom Douglas restaurants in one day. Since you don’t have to go that overboard, here’s a shorter, easy to accomplish chunk of the empire to eat through.
There’s no recommended order per se, but I would go to Dahlia Bakery first, as they can sell out of the neat stuff early. Lola also can get super crowded, especially for brunch. (Call ahead for Lola; it’s worth it.) However, if you need brunch from Tom Douglas and the Lola lines look intense, the Carlile Room’s brunch is still fairly unknown and rather solid. Also, it’s the only place in town where you can get a side of steak for brunch.
If you’re getting real food later in the day, Serious Pie has a pretty sweet happy hour with $6 pies.
And why am I skipping Dahlia Lounge, even though it’s right there? Because you’ll probably go to Lola or Dahlia Lounge for real food, and Dahlia Lounge serves a very similar dessert menu to Lola, combined with some treats from Dahlia Bakery.
The Quaffle, Reanchored
Naming and rather bad puns aside, Anchorhead Coffee (a coffee shop with quaffles/croissant waffles) is nothing like Anchor End (a pretzel food truck). However, I’m on this personal mission to make the Anchorhead quaffle better. And what does it need? A decent icing.
The closest we’ve got where you can pick up straight icing downtown is Anchor End, who makes a pretty spiffy vanilla icing (along with some of the freaking best pretzels in town).
The quaffle is good, but a quaffle with icing and maple syrup? Now you’re talking.