Instead of: Muddy’s Bake Shop
Go to: Pink Diva Cupcakery
While Muddy’s isn’t exactly a tourist trap (none of the local bakeries would fall into that category), it has become a bit of a hot spot. The cupcakes boast impossibly cute names like Prozac (chocolate) and Frankly Scarlett (red velvet), and their Midtown coffeehouse location does make a mean latte. But finding a spot in the crowded café, which is typically filled with artsy types glued to their laptops for hours, can be difficult.
Rather than shooting customers the evil eye until they free up their seat, head to the off-the-beaten-path Pink Diva Cupcakery in the south end of Downtown. Owner Cassi Conyers is a one-woman show, whipping up moist, sweet cupcakes filled with chocolate ganache, fruit fillings, even cookie butter. (Also, all of the cupcakes are vegan, and free of peanuts and tree nuts, but you might want to keep that to yourself). Pink Diva features new flavors daily -- call ahead a day for gluten-free options -- and there’s also a full menu of savory dishes, such as tater tot nachos and veggie-filled pasta, in case you need something a little more substantial after satisfying your sweet tooth.