Every day, Orange Leaf’s self-serve fountains dispense fresh batches of nutritious frozen yogurt in more than 60 varieties. In the sprightly lime-green and burnt-orange parlor, customers fill their bowls or bottomless magician hats with flavors ranging from pomegranate to caramel to wedding cake, laying a dulcet foundation for all manner of toppings from the buffet. There, they adorn their creamy treats with fresh fruits, nuts, and syrups. Unlike other ice creameries that try to confuse health-conscious customers by listing nutrition information in arcane units of measurement, such as "a smidge of calories" or "an earful of saturated fat," Orange Leaf prominently displays its yogurt’s impressive low-fat, low-sugar stats.
“I really enjoy the people and their warmth,” Gary Scott told a reporter for the North Liberty Leader. “They are so friendly here.” Scott was speaking about the locals in Ely, where his eponymous restaurant--Scott’s Sandwich Cafe--just moved. From this new location, Scott and his staff continue to combine fresh ingredients atop grilled ciabatta, marble rye, and wheat-berry bread, but now hand their creations to neighbors instead of mall-goers. Their mouthwatering sandwiches create a lunchtime rush as workers unplug computer cords from their foreheads and head to the intimate café for medleys of roasted pork, smoked ham, and honey mustard or grilled chicken and bleu cheese. Also popular are Scott’s new twists on old favorites, such as a grilled PB&J or a classic Reuben enlivened with turkey. In addition to sandwiches, the café dishes up quesadillas and salads, and its ice cream and smoothies keep customers cool on summer days filled with walking over coals.
NewBo City Market is a place of culinary celebration, where local merchants and vendors come to showcase their best, tastiest creations. At Iowa Soul Food Market, that means classic Southern cuisine. At breakfast, the eatery features some of Sweetiepie's Chicken & Fish Fry's signature combinations, including chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and eggs and even more eggs. For lunch and dinner, Iowa Soul Food Market serves an ever-changing menu that highlights different chefs, themes, and holidays. Some entrees have included meatloaf with mac and cheese and collard greens, and honey-baked ham with mashed potatoes and sweet peas.
The flavors of Mexico and Italy might seem like an odd couple, but they find harmony in the kitchen at Papa Juans. Chefs tuck crabmeat into burritos and ravioli and serve chicken with vodka sauce or as part of a fajitas platter. The menus, separated by cuisine, touch on a wide variety of Mexican and Italian classics, from tacos to lasagna. And to celebrate the eatery's home base, the chefs cook barbecue ribs and half-pound hamburgers shaped like Uncle Sam. The popular Chicken Boom Boom pizza culls from each country?s flavors with housemade alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and jalape?os.
Arguably, any meal is made even better with a hearty margarita on the side. With several flavors and top-shelf tequilas at the ready, the crew at Cactus Mexican Restaurant & Cantina mixes up their regular and special margaritas to diners' specifications. Back in the kitchen, chefs create their traditional Mexican plates and American-style Mexican dishes, with appetizers that include a trio of dips and a giant piles of nachos. Meals then graduate to big plates of seafood, burritos, or sizzling fajitas before desserts tempt diners into abandoning their enchilada-only diets for something sweeter.
Wielding products from brands such as Skin Script, the spa techs at 100% Pure Pro cater to all skin types with treatments for the whole body. In addition to traditional facials, chemical peels and microdermabrasions aim to minimize fine lines and signs of aging, and waxing sessions rid bodies of unwanted hair on faces, arms, legs, and bikini areas. Staff artists also travel about, dolling up brides for their big day with expert makeup applications and instant microwave veils.