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Cravings Cafe & Cakery's Menu Variety Satisfies All

By Pamela Sosnowski

There's literally something to satisfy every kind of food craving at the aptly named Cravings Cafe & Cakery of Dartmouth. The restaurant makes a variety of panini sandwiches, soups, and salads as well as sweet treats such as frozen drinks, desserts, and cakes.

"We have created our menu in order to offer something for almost everyone who walks in our door," co-owner and cake designer Jessica Marmelo said. "We offer the basic homemade muffins and scones to magic bars and brownies and other assorted bars in our cases everyday and we carry great coffee."

A breakfast menu is also available that includes sandwiches, smoked salmon, bagels, croissants, and more. Then there are the custom cakes Marmelo makes for all occasions: birthdays, showers, and other special events. All cakes are made to order and require at least seven days' notice.

Customers can choose from several batter flavors like the standard vanilla or chocolate or a custom flavor such as coconut, espresso, chocolate chip and more. Fillings include chocolate mousse and pastry cream, and frosting is available in cream cheese, fondant, and chocolate ganache. The result is a custom confection as unique as the occasion it's being served at. For Marmelo, fulfilling a cake order is one of her favorite parts of her job.

"I absolutely love using my creative side for cake design as well as recipe creations," she said. "I also really enjoy talking with our customers and seeing their excitement when picking up the cakes. It is very important for orders to be made in advance; we want everything that leaves here to be up to our standards."

The cafe also makes an assortment of custom cupcakes in even more flavors including peanut butter cup, chocolate chip cookie dough, orange cream, and angel food cake. A dozen flavors of cupcakes are always available and change on a consistent basis.

All items are made with the freshest ingredients, including fresh fruit for the smoothies. The cafe gets its supply of breads from Pain d'Avignon and uses Ghirardeli chocolate in its hot chocolate beverages. A selection of gluten-free gluten sandwiches and baked goods are also available.

Cravings Cafe & Cakery is open Tuesdays through Saturdays for breakfast and lunch, and offers a cozy space to savor a cup of brewed coffee or satisfy an appetite with a grilled cheese panini. No matter what kind of menu item one is in the mood for, one thing remains consistent: the friendly service.

"At Cravings Cafe & Cakery we always aim to please the customer," Marmelo said. "We have a very friendly staff who always does their best to accommodate within our limits. We are a team of four to six staffers who love what we do and take pride in our work, whether it is steaming the milk for a latte, creating an amazing panini perfectly toasted on the outside and warm all the way through, designing a custom cake or simply a offering a friendly smile."

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