12 Sweet Midwest Bakeries
Cape Girardeau, Missouri: My Daddy's Cheesecake Bakery and Cafe
Started by a college professor who wanted to indulge his daughter's love of cheesecake, this bright and energetic location is now owned by a husband-and-wife team that expanded the bakery to include a wide selection of cookies, pastries, cakes and muffins.
Breakfast features lots of fruits as well as creative egg dishes. We had an excellent egg white omelet with spinach and feta cheese and sides of fresh fruit and fried potatoes. We also sampled a blueberry muffin, a meal in itself with fresh blueberries and a sweet citrusy glaze. The lunch and dinner offerings include fresh salads, homemade dressings, quesadillas, wraps, soups and sandwiches.
End your meal with a slice of the bakery's signature cheesecakes (or take a whole one home). You'll find nearly two dozen flavors; our recommendations include the Mississippi Mud, the Peanut Butter or the Key Lime. Cheesecakes can also be shipped nationwide (mydaddyscheesecake.com; 573/335-6660). - Diana Lambdin Meyer