The Continental Bakery prepares its breads and pastries daily from scratch.

O Henry s Coffees 2831 18th St S 205-870-1198 HOMEWOOD

O Henry s pours coffees from the top 1 percent of coffee in the world, roasted locally in small batches at their sister company, Red Mountain Coffee Roasters. Also located on Lakeshore in Brookwood Village and downtown in the Regions/ Harbert Tower. O Henry s is welcoming to all kinds of Birminghamians: stu- dents, families, business people. Charles H.

Olexa s 2838 Culver Rd 205-871-2060 MOUNTAIN BROOK

This is where the ladies lunch. Sandwiches, soups and salads, but make sure you save room for the main course: wedding cake by the slice with the richest buttercream you ve ever tasted. The caaaake! Joy R.

Pastry Art Bake Shoppe 1927 29th Ave S 205-877-3852 HOMEWOOD

There is a reason why "Art" is their middle name. Pastry Art

Bake Shoppe has been serving wonderfully creative baked goods for ten years. Stop by and sample something from their fresh-baked pastry case or take home a box full and impress all your friends. Also located in Inverness. Open Tuesday through Saturday. The best red velvet cake. Ever. Brook H.

The Red Cat 2901 2nd Ave S 205-616-8450 BIRMINGHAM

This cozy little spot in Pepper Place roasts its fair trade coffee on site and hosts live acoustic