TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves low-fat and fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The Auburn location touts silky soft-serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.99–$3.69). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, or a host of other toppings. TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.49–$4.99). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a waffle cone ($2.29–$3.99). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
With blazing ovens, scratch-made glazes, and a flotilla of fillings, the donut architects at D Square Donuts defy and embrace convention daily by offering a menu of square sweets and traditional round cakes. Satisfy quadratic cravings with boxy baked treats packed with sweet key-lime filling or sprinkled with coconut shavings from formerly bearded palm trees ($0.85 each, $8.50 a dozen). Delectable dozens unite pastry prisms and hoops in the same package, allowing taste buds to enjoy four-cornered glazed and cocoa-coated, death-by-chocolate treats. Orders of donut holes recycle recently extracted cores to create spherical confections ideal for bite-sized snacking or teaching one's tongue to juggle ($1.85).
Chef Jim Sikes culls seasonal ingredients into masterpieces of classic Big Easy cuisine so fresh the menus are rewritten each week. Dinner diners can munch on fresh crab claws ($13.95) and cakes ($9.95) dipped in homemade rémoulade before tasting Jimmy’s bud-kicking jambalaya with fried green tomatoes ($16.95) or fillet of pecan-crusted trout with apple chutney and potatoes ($19.95). For lunch, Jimmy’s serves up soft-shell crab BLTs ($9.95) and a selection of po' boys stuffed with beasts of the land and sea ($6.95–$8.95) alongside a bowl of The Real Thing gumbo ($4.95). Entrees always arrive with a side or two in tow, yet still delight in pairing off with a glass of wine ($5.95–$8.50) from Jimmy’s 200+ bottle wine list, recipient of a Wine Spectator 2010 Award of Excellence (bottles start at $22).
Blueberry Havens tends 40 acres of luscious blueberries, ready for picking, tasting, and tasting-while-picking. Harvesters scour the indigo fields with one of the farm's gallon buckets, selecting berries based upon personal standards of juiciness, blueness, sweetness, or resemblance to Cap’n Crunch Berries. The fruit farm doles out bags to carry berry bounties home, but pickers are advised to bring their own coolers or other sturdy transportation vessels. Blueberry Havens also curates an on-site bookstore with 15,000 used, rare, and out-of-print books.
Since 1964, Blimpie has stacked and shuffled Jersey-style subs for on-the-go grabbers. The variety of items on its highly legible menu spans the savory spectrum, with hot, cold, and panini-grilled sandwich selections. Like the slangy biz terminology rappers give to their newest tracks, every made-to-order sandwich is sliced fresh. Wallet watchers can binge on a budget with a variety of $5 foot-long subs, and pound pinchers can indulge sans guilt with The Lighter Stuff, the newest menu line from Blimpie, featuring six sandwiches with fewer than 400 calories and 6 grams of fat. Nostalgic noshers can opt for the classic Blimpie Best, piled high with ham, salami, capicola, prosciuttini, folded provolone, veggies, vinegar, oil, and oregano (6", $4.39). To give meal mittens a rest, guests raise their forks high for fresh picks such as the garden salad ($3.49) or the Ultimate Club salad, a complex arrangement of lettuce, slow-cured ham, oven-roasted turkey, swiss, smoked cheddar, bacon, and rogue tomatoes ($4.99). Other delectable edibles include cups of the day's finest soup ($1.79+) and complete kids’ meals for diners younger than 12 years old ($3.49).