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Once a ramshackle ice-cream store with a loyal Akron following, today Zack's Fire and Ice serves barbecue along with its cones with help from new owner and former pastor Randy Stewart and his wife, Kathy. The Stewarts have lived in the Southwest and up and down the East Coast, so rather than adhere strictly to any one regional barbecue style, they synthesize their favorite elements from a number of traditions to create an eatery with the welcoming spirit of a backyard cookout. The kitchen slow smokes brisket, ribs, pork, and turkey breast and slathers them with sauces such as honey and apple bourbon. Frozen treats such as sorbet and frozen yogurt stay chilly at the ice-cream counter alongside hard-packed ice cream in flavors such as pumpkin pecan, oatmeal cookie, and Superman, designed to freeze enemies’ brains faster than a speeding bullet.

1530 W Market St
Akron,
OH
US

At each of its international locations, Fresh Healthy Café delivers—as its name implies—a fresh and healthy alternative to fast food. More than a dozen creations take form as wraps, panini, or salads, such as the Mediterranean packed with roasted chicken, olives, and feta cheese, or the Mexican Fiesta teeming with black beans, spicy mayo, and corn salsa. At the juice bar, a friendly staffer fills biodegradable cups with fresh-squeezed juices or blends whole fruit and non-fat yogurt into hearty smoothies. Beyond lunch, Fresh Healthy Café caters to the morning crowd with oatmeal bowls and parfaits layered with fruit and yogurt. They also do their part for the community by sponsoring school programs and picking up the gold coins that reckless people litter.

3265 W Market St
Fairlawn,
OH
US

Beginning with nothing more than a modest storefront equipped with a set of custard machines built in 1910, Pav’s Creamery has anointed a bevy of cups and cones with sweet scoops throughout its more than 45-year history. The shop still churns out the old-timey confections with the same machines, and staffers carry on the tradition by scooping loads of flavors into brownie bowls, banana splits, and milk shakes, which travel up straws and human-size hummingbird beaks in a range of creative flavors. Its decadent creations have earned Pav's Creamery multiple awards, including Best Ice Cream 2011–2013, Akron Beacon Journal, and Best Ice Cream 2013, Akron Canton Hot List.

3769 Manchester Rd
Akron,
OH
US

One of the most unique hotels in the country built within the original Quaker Oats silos and located on the University of Akron campus Guests will enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet and living room style lounge The following are offered at no charge to guests parking internet access business center indoor pool and fitness center Dining options are available as well as shopping in our onsite shops Sleep in a silo dine in a train car and shop in a mill all while staying on campus No other hotel like it in the world

135 South Broadway Street
Akron,
OH
US

Great Harvest’s breads, which are baked with premium whole wheat from family-owned farms in Montana, come in many flavors that change daily. On Tuesday, stock up on honey-whole-wheat and apple-scrapple loaves to slice and cuddle for comfort during scary thunderstorms. Freshly baked country-fresh sourdough is available on Fridays, and high-protein breads in a variety of varieties (including rosemary-garlic and cranberry-crunch) are freshly baked throughout the week. For those preferring sweet treats, the July menu showcases sour cream fruit pie and strawberry shortcake, as well as well-stacked sandwich selections that are offered 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Creative connoisseurs can hand-select their sandwich toppings from a list of smoked turkey, honey ham, tender roast beef, and limitless fixin's ($5.75), while recovering carnivores can overcome their withdrawal jitters by opting for the pre-conceived vegetarian sandwich ($5.75), loaded with red pepper hummus, feta cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato, and cukes.

3900 Medina Rd
Akron,
OH
US

Cupcake Castle, true to its name, is a haven for cupcake lovers of all ages. In addition to more than 100 cupcake flavors, including peppermint patty and bubblegum, the café serves cake pops and cupshakes, which turn a cupcake of any flavor into a delectable milk shake. Youngsters can show off their artistic chops by decorating their own cupcakes with an unlimited supply of sprinkles and colored icing. In a Candy Land-themed room, Cupcake Castle hosts birthday parties chock full of treats, from a fruit-punch fountain to popcorn and cotton-candy machines. The birthday star gets a big cupcake cake–in any flavor–while every child gets to decorate two cupcakes and take them home to show off to parents or elementary-school admissions officers.

117 Merz Blvd, Ste 112
Fairlawn,
OH
US