The Dreamy Spoon tempts taste buds with nutritional frozen yogurt and rich custard adorned with an array of toppings. Self-serve stations and the laws of gravity allow customers to fill up on custom-made blends of frozen yogurt, custard, gelato, and toppings at a flat fee of $0.42 per ounce.
Shorty Small's menu tells the tall tale of a short, fat man with a knack for charming the ladies who inherited a saloon from his inveterate pancake-flipper of a father. Since eating was Shorty's most cherished habit, his namesake kitchen piles plates high with tender, slide-off-the-bone ribs, pulled pork, and traditional catfish backed by the tastes of tangy barbecue sauce or peppery blackening spices. Five types of burgers crown hand-cut patties with bacon, mushrooms, or melted swiss cheese before old-fashioned desserts such as apple pie and blackberry cobbler anoint taste buds with more nostalgia than devouring a perfectly frosted photo album. Meanwhile, each smoky aroma finds its flavor pairing with an assortment of milk shakes, margaritas, and draught beers.
Though the entrees at The Dixie Cafe make the biggest splash across its menu marquee, they're threatened with gastronomical upstaging by the southern-style eatery's 19 sides and scratch-made gravies. The chicken-fried steak, for example, is a tender, hand-breaded fillet that fully blossoms with flavor only after chefs smother it with cream gravy and cheddar cheese. And the Cajun grilled catfish's down-home taste isn't fully developed until it is paired up with bites of turnip greens, fried okra, or a homemade roll. The classic platter meals take advantage of this by pairing an entree with two sides, rolls, and jalapeño cornbread and can be ordered "light" for a portion that's smaller than the regular size and easier to toss in the air and catch in your mouth.
The friendly staff at Martha's Hallmark equips visitors to disperse season's greetings to friends and families with a rotating collection of heartwarming cards, thoughtful gifts, and oodles of LSU-themed merchandise. Their treasure trove of greeting cards takes on a variety of motifs inspired by the holidays and life's momentous occasions, such as high-school graduation or the first time successfully licking one's own elbow. Customers can woo olfactory senses with a perfumed candle from the Tyler Candle Company ($7) or entertain tykes with the Jingle All the Way book accompanied by a dog stuffed animal that barks out the words of the story ($29.95). Patrons can celebrate unwavering school pride with a Louisiana State University picture frame that can proudly display snapshots taken at an LSU football game or engagement portraits with the game-winning football ($32.98).