Many people think of the West Side Bakery for gorgeous special-occasion cakes or the wide assortment of tea cookies. But it's also a great spot to grab breakfast or lunch. Its bakers turn out a variety of muffins, scones, biscotti, croissants, cinnamon rolls and more, along with daily soups and seasonal treats like beignets for Mardi Gras. Grab a couple of pastries and a cup of coffee, tea or espresso, and settle in for a leisurely morning (with your favorite newspaper, of course).
The place: West Side Bakery
Where: 2303 W. Market St., Akron
Why you should go: Casual spot for fresh-baked breakfast and lunch items
More info: www.thewestsidebakery.com