Though John Lancia had a steady, successful career as a banker, he couldn't shake the fond memory of the days he spent in Italy during college, playing soccer, sipping espresso, and eating gelato at Sicilian cafés. Lancia Frozen Yogurt is the realization of John's longtime dream, where visitors can convene over frozen treats named one of the top three desserts in town by the Best of Chesterfield in 2012. Humming self-serve machines line the walls, churning out an ever-changing selection of more than 50 flavors of frozen yogurt—including some that are free of sugar, fat, and gluten—as well as traditional chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Colorful bins and bowls of nearly 60 toppings are on display, filled to the brim with candy, nuts, cereal, and fresh fruit.
The majority of the products featured—from the yogurts to the Fitz's sodas—come from local suppliers. The staff turns to the community for guidance when choosing its next yogurt flavors, tallying the votes of customers on a board and testing out new creations by placing bowls of yogurt in the forest and counting how many raccoons come running. A selection of ricotta-filled, chocolate-dipped cannolis and ricotta puffs satisfies sweet teeth without making them chatter. And to counter the chilliness of frozen yogurt, staff also serve up warm cups of handcrafted espresso, cappuccino, and latte drinks.
At It’s a Better Burger, staff focus on one thing: how to make the tastiest creations ever to fill slices of bread. Their entire menu can be broken into three distinct sandwich categories, featuring their gourmet burgers, chicken sandwiches, and specialty sandwiches, all of which showcase their love of this gastronomic genre. Burgers come in three sizes or with two patties, and can be topped with everything from barbeque sauce, pulled pork, and haystack onions to garlic mushrooms and sweet peppers. Their chicken sandwiches transfer the flavors of the burgers to a grilled or crispy chicken breast, while the rest of the menu is dedicated to classics such as the BLT and unique versions such as the chipotle salmon burger. They offer a select menu of diner fare with their burgers, pairing dishes with fresh fries, fried corn on the cob, hand-dipped milkshakes, and their famous cheesecake.
No MSG, artificial colors, or synthetic flavors can be found in The Mediterranean Grill's kitchen. That's because chef and owner Elie Harir works with fresh, whole, and all-natural foods to make pan-Mediterranean dishes such as falafel, hummus, stuffed grape leaves, and gyro platters topped with tzatziki and feta. He pan sears farm-raised salmon before topping it with a Mediterranean pesto cream sauce, marinates sirloin kebabs in wine and onions, and nestles falafel in pitas for lunch. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that, more important than Harir's "Israeli roots and knowledge of a range of Mediterranean cuisines" is his ability to use spices "without overwhelming the underlying ingredients." In addition to serving lunch and dinner Tuesday–Saturday, The Mediterranean Grill can also cater events—such as weddings, dinner parties, and baptisms—for up to 500 humans or a single hungry hippo.
Almost 100 years ago, Peter J. Oberweis found himself with a surplus of milk. Rather than throw it out or freeze it into popsicles, Peter began selling it to his neighbors, an endeavor that was so popular that he began a milk-delivery service in 1927. Fast-forward to today, and Oberweis Dairy still delivers glass bottles of creamy milk to doorsteps. The small family-owned dairies that produce milk exclusively for Oberweis pledge never to use artificial growth hormones, therefore imbuing craft cheeses, super-premium ice cream, and yogurt with fresh, unobstructed taste. Oberweis partners with other like-minded companies to deliver such items as certified-humane Phil’s Fresh Eggs, Chuckanut Bay Foods cheesecake, and Connie’s Pizza to homes or to sell them at the company’s various retail locations.
Kampai translates as the Japanese equivalent of cheers, more or less. Literally, it means "dry cup," and was traditionally used to encourage drinkers to polish off their beverages. It's the motto at Kampai Sushi Bar, where guests toast pints over meals of fresh sushi rolls. Kampai's chefs craft more than 40 different sushi rolls, from familiar creations such as the California and tempura rolls to more exotic assemblies, such as the Love roll. The roll is sweet, like love itself, combining smoked salmon with mango under
a wrapping of soy paper, like love itself, and topping the whole thing off with honey wasabi soy sauce?just like true love. The menu also includes
a selection of beer and wine to fuel those toasts as well as hot Japanese entr?es and Korean specialties, such as bulgogi.
Two professional-size rinks and one Olympic-size ice rink occupy the 115,000 square feet of Hardee's Iceplex, which frequently hosts events such as USA speed skating and hockey tournaments. They open the rinks for public skating sessions and events such as figure skating, lessons, and hockey leagues for adults and children. The facilities contain ample room for parties and corporate events; and also features the Summit Grille and the True Blues Authentic Team Store.