In the late 1960s, seeking a remedy for his allergies and low blood sugar, Smoothie King founder Steve Kuhnau began mixing fruits, nutrients, and proteins in his home blender. The positive impact that followed inspired Steve to share his concoctions and open the first Smoothie King in 1973. Today, with more than 600 locations scattered across the United States and Korea, Smoothie King presides over 90 different flavors, all made with real fruit, natural juices, and specialized enhancers. The business keeps its ever-growing selection of slurp-worthy drinks categorized by their nutritional function, including Trim Down, Get Energy, and Indulge.
At Papa Gyros, owners Steve and Kelly Paxos introduce some of their favorite Greek dishes to the masses. A number of these classics are served in shareable portions, including grape leaves stuffed with rice, spanakopita filled with spinach and cheese, and saganaki set aflame at the table. Chefs also drizzle creamy tzatziki sauce atop skewered pieces of steak, crispy falafel, and juicy gyros, as well as any diner's outstretched hands.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a family-friendly buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, resulting in more than 28 signature pizzas. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, such as cavatappi noodles with classic marinara or alfredo sauce, as well as fully customizable signature salads. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
Intense Paintball lives up to its moniker with two distinct battlegrounds?one indoor and one outdoor. The indoor field emulates a long-abandoned warehouse, consisting of an open floor cluttered by formations of barrels and inflatable blocks. Outdoors, trigger fingers get a workout among a 125' x 200' field populated by similar obstacles. To arm its players, Intense Paintball rents out Tippmann markers, paint, and accessories.
The foodsmiths as Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor construct a menu loaded with made-from-scratch cuisine and creamy frozen desserts served in an old-fashioned ambience. Silence hunger pangs with an ample array of diner-style sandwiches, such as reubens ($6.65), patty melts ($5), and half-pound angus burgers ($6.85). For dessert, indulge in more than a dozen ice-cream flavors, which can be scooped solo ($1.65–$3.45), mixed into sundaes ($2.65–$4.40), or blended into velvety milkshakes ($3.65–$4.40). The parlor's Bittner blends three-quarter-pounds of vanilla ice cream, homemade chocolate sauce, and roasted pecans into a classic creation ($3.95) popular since the 1930s, when the New Deal established dessert as a meal.