"Life is short. Eat dessert first." That's the sweet motto at Rock 'N Roll Soda Shoppe, a lovingly retro tribute to the bygone days of poodle skirts, sock hops, and an un-jumpsuited Elvis. The diner specializes in old-fashioned ice cream drinks and desserts, including shakes loaded with candy pieces and splits both banana-filled and banana-free. But the kitchen gladly accommodates guests who prefer to begin their meals with savory fare. Angus beef burgers arrive layered with bacon and cheese or green chilies, while Monte Cristo sandwiches are served freshly griddled and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
At Eddie's Napoli's Italian Restaurant, family recipes are used to craft Italian classics such as chicken breast tossed with linguine and white-wine-lemon sauce and seafood dishes such as a decadent lobster-and-crab ravioli dish smothered in cream sauce. The pizzas, though, are New York–style, crowned with toppings ranging from artichokes to meatballs. On weekends, sets of smooth live music add to the ambience.
The savory aroma of fire-grilled steaks and fried eggs is the first thing to greet the noses of guests ambling into The Ranch House Cafe. After the initial olfactory welcome, the restaurant envelops visitors in a relaxed, home-like atmosphere bolstered by homemade meals, friendly service, and embarrassing middle school class portraits of every visitor. Chefs bustle about the kitchen transforming Angus Beef into hand-formed burgers before sending them to tables on the arms of speedy servers. Conscious of meeting the dietary needs of all its patrons, The Ranch House Cafe offers low-calorie, meatless, and kid-friendly noshes to ensure that eaters push back from their tables feeling sated.
The King and I of Canyon welcomes hungry visitors to feasts of rich coconut-milk curries, tender morsels of tuna, salmon, and crab, and spicy stir-fry dishes flavored with aromatic scallions, garlic, ginger, peppers, and basil. Taking its name from the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and its less famous spinoff sitcom, the restaurant enchants visitors with an exotic, yet approachable charm, seating guests at tables decorated with fan-folded napkins and fresh blossoms, while serenading diners with live musical performances. Behind the marble-topped sushi bar, chefs hand-roll inventive maki combinations or arrange nigiri plates into colorful, edible pieces of art.
Helmed by owner and cake artist Mandy Williams, The Cake Company unfurls a fresh panoply of cookies, brownies, and fetching customized cakes. Peanut-butter or snickerdoodle cookies strut around plates next to their gargantuan cousins, the 12-inch or 16-inch chocolate-chip cookies. Cake-smiths set up private consultations for prospective brides and grooms, wherein couples taste their way through six samples before collaborating on the design for their perfect wedding cake. The pastry architects commemorate other special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or finally figuring out how to ride two bikes at once with specialty cakes adorned with colorful buttercream or fondant arranged into clever designs, such as a lighthouse, a giant cupcake, or a spray-paint can.