The ice-cream artisans at Ice Cream Garage cool heat-stroked taste buds with ice-cream cones, specialty sundaes, and drinkable desserts within a whimsically decorated auto garage turned ice-cream parlor. Head into the open garage door and cool off with a single ($2.49) or double ($2.99) ice-cream scoop next to the large wall mural of characters from Disney/Pixar's Cars and its less popular prequel, Buggies. In the Lube Oil & Filter—one of many automobile-themed specialty sundaes—large chunks of cookie dough glide down a cookie-dough-ice-cream mountain on a river of chocolate syrup and whipped cream ($3.19). Slurp up brain-freeze fodder with a thick malt ($2.99), or swirl inventive flavor combinations in a custom flurry blended with such toppings as rainbow sprinkles ($2.99), which are colorful enough to attract both leprechauns and Lisa Frank.
EuroPan European Bakery's menu puts a refreshing twist on food-court fare, sending diners on a taste trip around the globe, minus volcano-caused flight delays and escape-chute-activating disgruntled flight attendants. Begin your day with breakfast in Paris, an artisan croissant layered with ham and melted provolone cheese ($2.99), or handle a Hemingwayesque hunger with the San Sebastian morning meal—two petit pan rolls and a helping of Philadelphia cream cheese ($1.99). Guests can offset the jet set's carbon emissions with a quick and easy lunch in Barcelona ($5.99), a hearty rustica-bread creation filled with Spanish chorizo and manchego cheese, and the flavorful Tuscany sandwich—made with sliced turkey, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, and basil on crispy focaccia ($5.99)—is a timesaving alternative to sailing your backpack across the Mediterranean Sea.
Sweet Mellisa's fulfills dessert-related dreams with the more than 10 traditional and unique flavors on its menu. Mellisa's cupcakes run the gamut of tastes, from the chocolaty junior mints of Midnight Mint to the marshmallow frosting and graham-cracker cake batter of s'mores. The cupcake creators fill custom orders for parties of all types, such as bridal showers or People Against Full-Size Cake conventions, and customers can supply Mellisa with their own flavor ideas to receive personalized cupcakes. Sweet Mellisa's also offers both pour-over and French-press coffee, all of which is ethically sourced via direct trade and individually brewed. Guests who prefer savory to sweet can dine on a variety of cafe-inspired lunch and dinner options. Boars Head meats and cheeses fill paninis, while soups and salads use fresh ingredients to satisfy diners.
Cinnamon rolls. Peanut butter cups. Orange creamsicles. When Betsy Denham enters in the kitchen, the entire dessert world becomes nothing more than a flavor menu for her true passion: the cupcake. The cases at Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery new brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Grand Rapids are filled with these recreations of favorite treats, but the shop's cupcakes don't simply mimic other confections. Inventive original flavors such as honey whiskey and prickly pear mojito showcase Betsy's love of experimentation, delighting taste buds with their uncommon (and winning) combinations. However, cupcakes are only half of the equation. Betsy also tempts customers to a full compliment of ice cream treats, including cones, shakes, malts, and sundaes inspired by bakery sweets such as key lime pie and blueberry buckle.
With 25 smoothie options on Juiceblendz's menu, deciding on just one is no easy task. The team prides itself in serving all-natural drinks and eats in a family-friendly atmosphere. Made from any number of combinations, the smoothies include fresh-blended fruit, frozen yogurt, and healthful boosts to curb appetites or up energy. The liquid selection doesn't end there, though. Juiceblendz also serves fresh juice, kid-centric smoothies, and drinkable breakfast alternatives. To complement its smoothies and juices, the eatery offers bagel sandwiches for breakfast, along with wraps, sandwiches, and salads for lunch and dinner and an array of self-serve frozen yogurts.