Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s menu focuses on what it does best: fresh sandwiches and smoothies. The sandwiches and wraps sport interiors full of fresh chicken adorned with inventive ingredients such as buffalo sauce with light ranch, and thai peanut dressing with wontons. The café’s toasted roast-beef sandwich is topped with a wasabi-caesar dressing, and the toasted flatbread Caribbean Luau pairs pineapple with Jamaican jerk sauce. Smoothies are made with real fruit and blended into delicious flavor combinations such as strawberry and kiwi, or blueberries and almonds. Supplements such as whey or soy protein are also available.
South Block Smoothie & Wrap Co. draws from a lengthy menu of flavors to blend a wide assortment of fresh, vitamin-packed fruits and juices. Organic açai berries swim with mango and strawberries in the Amazon Smoothie’s pool of passion-o-guava juice, and the Bluenana Chill fuses together the rich nutrients and fashionable color schemes of bananas, blueberries, and non-fat raspberry sorbet. Soymilk and non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt perform their best hula dances to impress chocolate-tinged Hawaiian coffee in the Kona Mocha. A diverse mix of health-enhancing additions come swirled into booster smoothies such as the Peanut Blast, an amalgamation of bananas and peanut butter with an extra protein kick from 10 grams of whey or soy. Brand new, South Block scoops its nutrient-rich nectars from within a sleek, glass-fronted corner storefront.
Beyond the warm, neighborhood atmosphere, Java Shack's many varieties of java, brewed from local Virginia roasts, have a much richer flavor than the corporate brews, as proven by favorite drinks like the Java Shack House Blend coffee ($1.90 for a medium) and classics like the creamy latte ($3.50, medium), rich espresso ($2.20, medium), cappuccino ($3.50, medium), and café mocha ($3.95, medium). You'll have no trouble learning your personable barista's name if you order a specialty Java Shack creation such as the Dale Special, an iced Americano with dashes of vanilla, caramel, and half-and-half. Java Shack’s many regulars also regularly gulp the Korinator, a latte with a bit of vanilla and caramel, and Java the Nut, a latte with hazelnut, vanilla, a drizzle of caramel, and several intergalactic bounty hunters in its employ. While the drink titles will help you learn their names, Java Shack employees rely solely upon their own social natures, and perhaps some light Facebook stalking, to learn yours. Baristas make the effort to remember not only customers’ names, but also favorite drinks and even backstories if you’re up for sharing without over-sharing.
Cafe Sazon's cooks whip up signature dishes from scratch in 5–10 minutes, adding just enough "sazon," or seasoning, to give them mouth-watering flavor. Freshly made jalapeño hot sauce and beef-cube-laden pique macho alike are crafted from high-quality ingredients, which patrons can savor while seated on chairs or sofas. Unlimited internet access allows wireless modems to soak up radio waves until they get an even tan, and bilingual staff are on hand to help explain the menu or translate any novels patrons bring in.