As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.
At Wired Coffee Company, guests enjoy plush seating, exposed brick, and a cozy community vibe as they pore over cups of coffee and espresso drinks. Wired’s beans retain their natural oils, which yields a bold flavor and spares the baristas the trouble of coating each bean in oil one by one. In addition to sipping on classic espresso drinks or frozen coffee concoctions, clients can down deli-style sandwiches, pizza, and chips with dip. Coffee abstainers can sip milkshakes, fruit smoothies, or blended chai tea drinks as they surf the web or participate in the café’s weekly writers’ night.
Sandwiches become works of art at Bay Brothers Grill, though cooks don't mind if you eat their masterpieces. Their chefs assemble po' boys with shrimp, crawfish, or fried oysters atop baguettes. They make reubens out of turkey or corned beef, and for their signature Bay Brother Burger, the chefs top eight ounces of angus beef with a choice of cheese, from bleu to feta. Tall, cool glasses with flavored coke, lemonades, and milkshakes complement the food.
The aroma of jerk-seasoned chicken wafts from the kitchen at Island Breeze Caf?, filling the air with the scent of authentic Caribbean cuisine. The caf?'s cooks prepare other staples, such as fried tilapia filets, homemade carrot escabeche, and slow-cooked, beer-braised oxtail seasoned with traditional spices. They can complement each main course with a customary side such as rice, peas, fried plantain, and saut?ed cabbage and carrots, as well as conclude them with a lineup of classic Caribbean desserts that include mango cream cake and coconut cake.
A daily rotation of four meat options and seven vegetables and sides adorn the menu at Richard's Nashville Cafe. Guests create their own plates, choosing to match up baked fish with turnip greens, or pot roast with mac & cheese. Each day also promises a chef's choice surprise meat option and three surprise vegetables.