For nearly two decades, 1st Street Cafe & Catering has served up buffet and sit-down style meals for parties around Manatee and Sarasota County. Its physical location has a café that dishes out classic American breakfasts and lunches.
During the morning hours, diners dig into a Lucky Seven breakfast sandwich stuffed with fried eggs and sausage or a country-fried steak smothered in gravy. During lunch, they tear into grilled-steak and pork-tenderloin sandwiches and juicy burgers. One such option, the Challenger double burger, allows patrons to stuff their mouths with 12 ounces of burger meat, crispy bacon, and slices of cheese, and to get at least 1.5 high-fives from nearby diners when it’s all gone.
You Say When Yogurt Shoppe was designed to give customers that necessary balance between healthy and delicious when they wanted to indulge in something sweet.Rotating flavors for frozen yogurt include creamsicle, boysenberry, and gingerbread yogurt, while smoothies are packed with nutritious flavors like or strawberry, mango, and mojito. Both options provide a refreshing taste and nutritious vitamins and minerals. The frozen yogurt also comes packed with live and active cultures that aid in digestion and give self-guided tours of your stomach.
At Verry Berry, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop, customers fill 16-ounce cups with endless combinations of frozen yogurt and toppings. Soft-serve machines release swirls of 16 non-fat or low-fat frozen yogurt flavors such as thin mint, blueberry acai, and salted caramel popcorn. After creating a frozen yogurt base, guests can load up on toppings such as kiwi slices, Twix pieces, and graham cracker crumbs. Verry Berry also offers many flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice culled from the beard of a Herodotus ice sculpture.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
The Perfect Touch aims to magnify beauty and boost guests' confidence with a wide range of aesthetic treatments. Teeth-whitening sessions, for example, use an organic hydrogen peroxide gel and LED laser light to undo the effects of years of smoking, wine drinking, or gargling with soy sauce. Gleaming, long-lasting Shellac manicures pamper and beautify hands, and epsom-salt pedicures smooth calluses with a peppermint foot scrub and lavender or cucumber lotion. Paraffin-therapy treatments are available as an add-on to help soothe dry skin and promote better circulation in the fingers and toes.
For those who came of age in the 1950s, the tunes of Glenn Miller and Elvis Presley might conjure memories of sock hops and soda fountains. ScoopDaddy's takes that nostalgia one step further, by complementing songs playing from a vintage Rock-Ola jukebox with vintage decor that also harkens back to the mid-20th century. Neon- and chrome-framed walls surround a retro tile floor, Coca-Cola tables, red vinyl chairs, and memorabilia displaying images of stars such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean.
Amidst the dining room's ‘50s glitz, the aroma of handmade, freshly baked waffle cones drifts in from the kitchen. Along with cups and regular cones, these waffle cones can hold scoops of the parlor's 32 gourmet ice creams, which include flavors such as black cherry vanilla, espresso chip, and swiss almond fudge. A toppings’ menu offers up gummy bears and raspberries that crown scoops, and mix-ins from cookie dough to marshmallows can add extra flavor to the shop's specialty shakes. The staff also whips up soda fountain classics such as ice-cream floats, banana splits, and new york egg creams to treat taste buds to a blast from the past, just like nibbling Fonzie's leather jacket.