Though it's easy to see a lot of traditional Mexican dishes upon entering La Puente, the best dishes are the ones that aren't so easy to identify. That's because they're smothered in delicious sauces?specialties ranging from burritos and tacos to sirloin steaks come blanketed in a tempting helping of salsa, mole, cheese, or other savory concoctions. But not every dish is served smothered. Staff also grill shrimp for fajitas and craft steamy bowls of menudo, a Mexican breakfast delicacy. For dessert, the chefs make fried ice cream with a a combination of hot oil and a temporary cancellation of the laws of physics. Creamy horchata, icy virgin or alcoholic margaritas, and cold pours of domestic and import beers fill glasses to accompany the zesty flavors.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Nestled within a red-brick family home built in 1893, Smedley Manor slow-cooks meat in the original onsite smokehouse, where flavorful tendrils of smoke ascend from flame-kissed cherry and apple wood. Barbecue masters conduct a daily 14-hour meat-preparation process to yield tender morsels for menu items such as the cheese-filled beef-brisket quesadillas ($5.99) served with sour cream and house-made salsa. Bites of pork ribs ($13.99/half rack; $19.99/full) fall right off the bone without coaxing or court orders and come with homestyle sides such as baked macaroni and cheese. Toothsome rib meat also finds its way into sandwiches ($8.99) assembled from locally made bread and enhanced with sausage and coleslaw and a choice of sauce such as honey barbecue or raspberry chipotle. Swigs of Shock Top ($5) or Mug root beer ($2.25) wash it all down. Smedley Manor's historic interior transports visitors to the 19th century via rich hardwood floors, a Utah-marble fireplace, and napkins made from Mark Twain's trademark white suits.
In order to obtain your degree in Scoopology, you may want to open your mind and mouth to the endless combinations available behind the counter. This sweet factory pumps out homemade ice cream creations coated in classically childish ingredients including Jell-O, Pop-Tarts, cookie dough, and more. Take a few baby steps down tasty lane with cereals bathing in milk ($1.35–$3.30), liberally leap with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches made fresh to order ($2–$4.50), or dive in mouth first with a cookie crumbler, ice cream topped with warmed-up cookie bits. Other sandwich options include massive cookies slapped around a slab of ice cream ($1.25–$4) and Scoopology's anti-sandwich—one mighty bowl of cookie dough ($2.25–$7.85).
At Yogurt Stop, over 70 flavors of frozen yogurt come together with over 50 toppings to make delicious, customized treats. Each day, customers will find a rotation of ten flavors, such as strawberry, chocolate, cupcake, and pineapple. Then, they can coat the low-fat and non-fat treats with fruits and other toppings, or select a fruit smoothie or bubble tea.
Mrs. Cavanaugh's award-winning, all-natural confections are handmade and beautifully packaged for a fully delightful sensory experience. If you can't decide which meltable morsel you want your tongue to tackle, the one-pound traditional milk chocolate assortment supplies a diverse population of cavaliers, nut clusters, chews, crèmes, and caramels (pre-made one-pound boxes are $23.95). The most famous dark chocolate box ($23.95) provides an equally delicious array of options, while the crèmes without nuts dark chocolate box ($23.95) will satisfy a discerning sweet tooth. The mindy mint box ($23.95) is prepared with premium peppermint oil for a refreshingly cool sweetsplosion; a sugarless box varietal of the mindy mint is available, and sugarless varieties of several other signature chocolates exist as well. Break out of the box, control your candy-laden destiny, and create a collection of whatever caramel, crème, or cherry cordial your taste buds long to try ($27.95 for a one-pound box).