Despite their clean, colorful appearance, making donuts is tedious work. The cook has to deep-fry them in oil, careful not to turn them over or take them out too early, in hopes they'll darken to a perfect golden brown. And that's to say nothing of fillings, frosting, and toppings. But the staff at Planet Donut is up to the challenge, stocking old-school glass cases with their round treats. They whip up a range of flavors, from blueberry-studded to classic glaze.
Trey and Mamie Herron of Skinny's Nutrition Studio—which was given a shout-out by Well-Being] magazine—work to make fitness something that touches each part of daily life. They host healthy happy hours, lead excursions into the outdoors, and fuel it all with protein-based meals and wellness plans. In the shop, glasses line the counters beneath verdigris walls, brimming with 41 smoothie flavors, aloe shots, and energy-boosting teas, and patrons discuss fitness goals after wellness assessments. Weight-loss challenges harness the healthy powers of competition, unlike a friend who claims to be able to swallow more Legos.
China Cafe welcomes folks with a traditional menu of freshly prepared, flavorful Chinese food. Folks hunker down in front of classic dishes such as orange chicken, Szechuan-style shrimp, and pepper steak. For customers who need a little extra inspiration, China Cafe displays a photographic menu that glows over a shining counter, challenging guests to order by winking in the direction of their desired dish. Hanging lights cast a cozy glow over the dining room, creating a pleasant atmosphere.
The coffee and pastry lovers of Koinonia Coffee House transformed a dilapidated building into a cozy home complete with shiny wood floors, comfortable armchairs, and fresh baked goods. Guests are met with the aromas of brewed coffee and freshly baked loaves of focaccia bread. They can sink teeth into turkey clubs or egg sandwiches in between sips of orange creams or mint-white-chocolate-chip smoothies.
Tampico Mexican Grill’s expert chefs sizzle fresh meats and veggies to forge a variety of traditional dishes, served with homemade salsa. Culinary expeditions or temporary sculptures begin with fresh guacamole, prepared to taste with diner-selected ingredients such as cilantro and jalapeños ($4.99). The pollo Tampico’s marinated grilled chicken breast cozies beneath a melted cheese blanket ($10.99), and breaded and deep-fried chicken or steak pair ably with a single roasted jalapeño and hearty helping of fries in the Milanesa Tampico ($9.99). Five fajita offerings sail sizzling to plates in portions for either solo diners or dynamic duos, with fresh scallops, shrimp, or steak filling a choice of flour or corn tortillas ($10.99+). Midday munchers can fill plates or fanny packs with 1 of 19 lunch specials, including meat-centric and vegetarian options. Several beers and wines wash down meals, while frozen or rocks margaritas quench thirsts in several sizes, including regular ($4.25+), jumbo ($6.99+), and monster ($10.99+).
The Coffee Roastery, featured on CNN, houses a crack team of baristas who draw from an arsenal of coffee beans from across the globe. Guests can get wired beneath the elevated ceilings, go wireless with the complimentary WiFi, or take inspiration from the multi-media artwork and shrines to Shaky, the Norse god of coffee. Percolation professionals drip the darkened elixir in blends from around the world, filling mugs with a straight black brew from Guatemala ($1.70 for 16 oz.), putting a foam cap on espresso from Cameroon ($2.85 for 16 oz.), or stirring chocolate in with Sumatran beans ($3.50). Fill deserted stomachs with a variety of New York–style cheesecakes ($2.95/slice) or one of the rotating flavors of freshly swirled soft-serve ($2.95+).