Specialty Food Shops BEST CUPCAKES Mr. Cupcakes RUNNERS-UP: CUPCAKES BY CAROUSEL RIDGEWOOD KARA KAKES FRANKLIN LAKES “Batter” up for this popular category in this year’s poll. Cupcakes by Carousel is a regular crowd pleaser, joined by Kara Kakes, brainchild of Kara Schnaidt, (201)’s November cover model. BEST ICE CREAM Van Dyk’s 145 ACKERMAN AVE., RIDGEWOOD (201) 444-1429 Anticipation. Get in line for the best of the best. There is something marvelously nostalgic about parking at a crowded ice cream shop on a hot summer night and waiting your turn to get a giant scoop of heaven in a cup or a cone. Make mine chocolate peanut butter cup. RUNNERS-UP: BISCHOFF’S TEANECK CONRAD’S WESTWOOD Bischoff’s and Conrad’s have a little something extra when it comes to scoops. These traditional ice cream parlors literally ooze with charm, serving everything for shakes to splits to sundaes. Sidle up to the counter, grab your dessert spoon and prepare to be amazed. 48 2016 EDITION | (201) BEST OF BERGEN GUIDE BEST FARMSTAND Abma’s Farm Market and Greenhouse 700 LAWLINS ROAD WYCKOFF (201) 891-0278, ABMASFARM.COM There is something extraordinary about taking a trip to Abma’s farm – you escape the suburban life and retreat to a lovely and more rural reminder of Bergen’s past. Gaze at the fields, shop in the store for fresh poultry, produce and baked goods, or take the kids through the petting farm. It’s a wonderful change of pace from the hustle and bustle of busy Bergen. VAN DYK’S: CHRIS MARKSBURY; CUPCAKES: CHRIS PETERS; ABMA’S: RICHARD FORMICOLA 385 KINDERKAMACK ROAD, ORADELL (201) 483-8897 THE SHOPS AT RIVERSIDE, HACKENSACK (201) 342-2293 MRCUPCAKES.COM Cupcakes remain one of the favorite confections of (201) readers and Mr. Cupcakes seems to have the perfect recipe. Try the Average Joe, an anything-but-average treat.