With its log-cabin façade, wood-fired smoker, and homemade sides, Pitt Boss BBQ serves up a savory menu ripe with rustic tradition. A colony of nudist wings arrives wearing nothing but smoke and seasoned dry rub, sending tongues wagging over its alternative lifestyle ($5.14–$10.19), and a hearty half-pound of beef brisket shows off its hunky frame, flanked by a couple of tasty sides such as homemade cole slaw or mac 'n' cheese ($9.99). Dry-rubbed and smoked baby-back ribs are available by the rack ($24.49), half rack, ($13.99), or backed up by a choice of two other meats ($19.49)––perfect for fulfilling a meat deficiency or bringing a blind date with a boar to an abrupt close. A mouthwatering, pulled-pork sandwich is ideal for devouring with two hands ($4.09), leaving feet free to juggle take-home bottles of Pitt Boss’s five flavors of sauce, including sweet and spicy original and zesty East Carolina ($8).
The staff at Yogurt Cafe fills self-serve yogurt machines with a menu of flavors that rotate every 10 days. Guests sculpt smooth, spiraling hillocks of frozen yogurt ($0.45/ounce) in flavors such as carrot cake, classic vanilla or chocolate, and mango tango and heap on ornaments from a range of more than 50 toppings. Fresh fruit, candy corn, and butterscotch sauce help hide snowy yogurt peaks from scorned skiers, and the aromas of roasting Caribou coffee ($1.50–$1.70) drift in earthy clouds over mochas ($4.25), which warm up frozen windpipes and sluggish neurons. Sweet teeth sink into baked delights such as raspberry- walnut pastries ($1.99 for three) and blueberry scones ($2.25) to quiet tummies grumbling like Smokey the Bear touring a fireworks factory, and patrons check emails on Yogurt Cafe's free WiFi.
Begun as a means to help young families save money, KidsDineFree.net lets kids aged 11 and younger eat for free at hundreds of participating restaurants across Virginia and South Florida. Each 90-day card works at participating local and chain restaurants and entitles the holder to one complimentary kids' meal with the purchase of a full-price adult entree. Families can use the cards an unlimited number of times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but, like a studio-apartment playhouse, each card is only good for one child.
Each Bloop Frozen Yogurt location keeps a lineup of frozen yogurt machines churning out 10–16 rotating flavors in nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added forms—not to mention nondairy sorbet options such as watermelon and pink lemonade. Cups pile high with Godiva dark chocolate, cake batter, and real strawberry yogurt and a wide array of toppings such as M&Ms, gummy worms, and seasonal fruits. The frozen treat innovators encourage enthusiasts to submit their own outrageous flavor ideas in hopes that one day, wishes for a yogurt inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey can finally be fulfilled. Every Bloop cup of yogurt purchased provides a cup of clean drinking water to areas in need through the A Cup 4 A Cup initiative. So far, the Bloop chain has donated more than 42,000 cups, and a goal for each new store is to provide a new drinking well to a needy community.
The three instructors at American Dance Centers have been teaching guests how to groove for more than 20 years—a timeframe that has only strengthened their belief in everyone's ability to dance. They usher students of all ages through group and private lessons on their studio's 1,400-square-foot floating floor, specializing in ballroom, Latin, and swing styles. Because their pupils share a common dedication to improvement, the teachers view the studio as a social space for dancers regardless of their individual skill levels or how many funky chickens they've eaten. In addition to classes, the staff hosts parties where amateurs and experts alike can benefit from casual practice. They bring aspiring performers to regional and national competitions and plan dance-themed getaways with other studios to resorts both nearby and overseas.