Whether it's the size of a dixie cup or enough to fill the bathtub, at Yeh! Yogurt, customers are in control of their servings. Amid fuchsia walls and bright-green accents, customers pull the levers on self-serve machines as the low-calorie, nonfat delight swirls into their containers. Available flavors rotate monthly and seasonally and include options such as fudge and marshmallow, spicy pumpkin, cake batter, and piña colada. More than 40 toppings such as candies, chocolates, nuts, and farthings cascade over yogurt peaks. Other sweet options include crepes, smoothies, and coffee drinks.
At 6 p.m. each evening, the scent of sizzling burgers begins to waft from the kitchen of Munch Pit, a Central Avenue diner that once held Portelli?s Joe N? Dough Cafe. That savory scent draws in crowds for Smacker burgers, wings, house-made donuts, and frosty swirls of soft-serve ice cream. But the spot's cooks man the grill long past dinnertime, serving patrons until 5 a.m. Munch Pit's decor, like its menu, celebrates classic Americana?red stools line a soda-shop counter, and the entire cast of The Music Man marches past every 15 minutes.
Sandye's Cafe combines the best of sweet and savory, adding in a splash of coffee along the way. On the sweet side, you'll find fresh-baked apple-cinnamon muffins and gourmet cupcakes in flavors such as Oreos cookies and cream. As for savory, there's a plethora of paninis available for both breakfast and lunch.
At home in their own kitchens, best friends Tiffany and Lauren bake healthy all-natural pastries with simple ingredients. They've always worked to create food that keeps guests coming back for more, and they want people to be sure about what's going in their dishes. Opening A Natural Way Cafe was a way to give others the best of both worlds: a restaurant where everything on the menu is healthy, free of preservatives, and options are available for people with allergies to gluten.
Tiffany and Lauren have attracted quite the following, and regulars now show up throughout the day to indulge in healthy meals and freshly baked scones, muffins, cookies, and more. The morning crowd enjoys their egg sandwiches with locally roasted organic coffee, and the lunch rush customizes sandwiches and salads with favorite toppings such as hard-boiled eggs, hummus, and buffalo chicken.
A blue neon light illuminates the sushi bar at Izumi Sushi Asian Bistro & Lounge, its tint creating the illusion that the bar is floating atop a pool of azure water. Judging from the freshness of the octopus, tuna, and salmon, this might as well be the case. Sushi chefs slice these fish before delicately rolling them with sticky rice and seaweed and artfully presenting them on plates. Back in the kitchen, their counterparts sizzle steaks and lobster tails and deep-fry chicken and vegetables for crunchy tempura dishes. Their menu features a wide swath of pan-Asian cuisine, from Indian pancakes and general tso’s chicken to fortune cookies ensconced in Thai lettuce wraps.
A pleasant blend of elegance and simplicity define aesthetic and culinary composition of The Electric Café. Electric lime green paint covers what the eatery has dubbed its welcoming wall. And if that doesn't settle in guests, there's the warm ambience and decor—yellow lighting hovers above rustic hardwood floors and white linen tablecloths. Of course, the food and drinks complete the scene, with a selection of sandwiches, burgers, and espresso drinks such as cappuccino. A breakfast menu even catalogs crème brûlée French toast, the historic enemy of English muffins.