With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company's product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Blended drinks dominate the menu, with options including fruit refreshers—made with naturally hydrating, electrolytic coconut water—and pre-boosted smoothies that can fill nutritional gaps with infusions of protein, immunity boosters, or antioxidants that neutralize accidentally swallowed pool water. The drink list also includes organic house-blend coffee and Talbot Teas, including Paris Breakfast and SOHO Earl.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
In the interest of sharing their hearth-bound heritage with the wider culinary world, the two families behind Arizona Frybread combined their traditional Yaqui fry-bread with recipes plucked from the worn pages of treasured cookbooks. This dedication to homestyle kitchen craft is also instilled in their restaurant’s cooks, who hand-sizzle each flat of crunchy fry bread before topping it with mojito chicken, steak, or beans and cheese. The shop pays equal attention to its toppings: red chili teases tongues with an heirloom kick calibrated in the course of three generations, and tender bites of cactus unlock the desert’s surprisingly verdant flavors.
The colorful counter of Pixy Cakes can be spied through the store's glass fa?ade as if it were a treat nestled inside a jar. Inside, bakers outfit decadent cupcakes and cakes with an ever-changing collection of flavors. Plump lemon and coconut cupcakes sit atop a collection of gleaming metal trays. More eccentric creations include Cookie Monster cupcakes complete with blue frosting to resemble fur and two tiny Oreos to serve as the beloved Muppet?s eyes. Patrons can wander outside to enjoy their delectable treats, where wrought-iron furniture and a pink parasol encourage lounging or praising the baker in a fake British accent.
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
Eest Asian Bistro’s comprehensive menu brims with traditional Chinese dishes and chef specialties, including peking duck and honey-walnut prawn. Open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., the restaurant satisfies cravings morning, noon, and late into the night with crowd-pleasing dishes such as teriyaki salmon, kung-pao chicken, and mongolian beef. Hot entrees often come tossed in savory housemade sauces that tingle taste buds and give a new purpose to that half-gallon of milk in your purse.
While freezer technology has helped prevent disease and saved humanity hours of burying food underground, it has also made it difficult to find an Italian restaurant that serves food born in an honest kitchen. Today's Groupon uncovers one of the few remaining with $25 worth of fresh Italian fine dining and drinks at Cucina Tagliani for $12—good at any of its three locations in Glendale, Avondale, and Peoria.