Sixty years has seen Tastee Freez transform from a cozy two-man operation to a gargantuan national franchise, with more than 100 locations decorating the United States like sprinkles. The menu is casual but diverse, ranging from cheeseburgers and corn dogs to frothy shakes and 97% fat-free ice cream, which can be customized with candies and fresh fruit. Patrons may also request one of Tastee's signature Freezees available in flavors such as oreo, butterfinger, and reese's pieces.
The resident chefs at Nicky's Grill & Yogurt Oasis have been flipping charbroiled burgers and slow-cooking house-made italian beef since 1997, mingling sandwiches and hot wings with ice-cream and YoCream frozen-yogurt treats on their Chicago-style menu. The casual Beverly eatery serves a roster of deep-fried sides to round out meals, including onion rings and breaded mozzarella sticks. An on-site ice-cream and yogurt parlor proffers cups, cones, and industrial vats of creamy desserts, including 16 flavors of milkshakes.
When Debbi Fields opened the first Mrs. Fields in 1977, it wasn’t all sunshine and cookies. Between her lack of business experience and the unorthodox business model—selling only cookies—not many people believed in her. More than 30 years and a global franchise later, it’s safe to say the doubters are eating their words, at least when they're not busy stuffing their faces with one of Debbi's signature semisweet chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies.
The wild popularity of Mrs. Fields's cookies can be attributed to the richness of their basic ingredients: real butter, whole eggs, and special blends of chocolate. Classic flavors include chewy fudge, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia, and seasonal flavors complement the lineup throughout the year. Select varieties can also be made into cookie cakes of various sizes and shapes that add a delicious twist to any celebration or milk-truck spill.
The Wetzel name wasn’t always a source of pride. As a kid, Rick Wetzel grew accustomed to hearing, “Hey Wetzel, you pretzel!” on the playground. But the teasing inspired a quest for the tastiest soft pretzel, one that eventually blossomed into Wetzel’s Pretzels. After years in Nestle’s marketing department, Rick and coworker Bill Phelps channeled Rick’s soft-pretzel recipe into a chain of shops. They make hand-rolled, oven-baked pretzels that sit for only 30 minutes before being sold or chucked, an example that might be in the dictionary under "fresh," if Babe Ruth using his bat as a pool cue weren't already there. And though the buttered and salted Wetzel’s Original still occupies a spot on the menu, a flurry of imaginative flavors fills its other slots, from Sinful Cinnamon to Jalaroni, a cheesy pretzel scattered with pepperoni and jalapeños.
Jamba Juice's salads, sandwiches, and wraps, which are made without artificial preservatives or trans fats, are ready-made to superbly complement Jamba's famous blended concoctions. Crunch through a Zesty Southwest Chicken Salad’s bell peppers, corn, cotija cheese, and crunchy tortilla strips while pumping your palate full of Peach Pleasure® smoothie’s peach, banana and orange flavors. All of the smoothly blended smoothies have no artificial flavors; they’re simple concoctions of ripe fruit, tart juices, creamy frozen yogurt, and/or tangy sherbet that whirl together to create strikingly complex taste tingles. Customize the Strawberry Surf Rider™ smoothie, a blend of strawberries, peaches, lemonade and lime sherbet, with with an Energy™ boost or a Whey-Protein boost for an edge in everyday tug-o-war encounters. Further increase vivacity with the Chimichurri Chicken Wrap (an herbed tortilla wrapped around grilled chipotle-lime chicken breast with fresh field greens, served with chimichurri sauce on the side) or a Gobble’licious sandwich (a focaccetta roll stacked with sliced turkey breast, provolone, field greens, and red bell peppers, served with dijonnaise on the side). Vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy options are also available; check out Jamba Juice’s full menu here.