YoLo—a truncated combination of the words yogurt and local —lives up to its abbreviated namesake by using toppings from local farmers and bakers on its self-serve frozen yogurt. Customers DIY their yogurt treat, choosing the type of yogurt, the toppings, and ultimately the cost of the treat, as YoLo charges $0.45 per ounce, which includes the weight of the cup, frozen yogurt, toppings, and ghosts of frozen yogurts past. The thick and creamy frozen yogurt is made from real dairy yogurt from Honey Hill Farms in Russellville, Arkansas, with all flavors kosher, gluten-free, and either low-fat or non-fat. Non-dairy mango sorbet is also available for vegans. With the bed of yogurt assembled, customers can hit the toppings bar to sprinkle culinary confetti atop their creation. YoLo offers tasty toppings from area vendors such as Makeda's and Dinstuhl's. Toppings—like fashion trends, TV schedules, and the color of the leaves on foliage monsters—change with the season.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Chef Geroy Rachel honed his skills at L'École culinaire in Memphis before opening Royal Flavors, a food truck specializing in smoky barbecued meats. Inside the mobile kitchen, he wraps bacon around chicken legs, flavors pork riblets with a dry rub, and smokes beef burgers to serve on butter buns with provolone cheese and pickles. Smoked cabbage salad or turnip greens with smoked pork round out meals, and slices of caramel cake or strawberry shortcake provide a sweet finish. Diners can take their food to go or eat beside the food truck, where picnic chairs surround a flat screen television.
The Pie Folks' talented bakers adorn crusts with 20 made-from-scratch fillings, scoring awards at the National Pie Championships and catching the eye of Good Morning America. Gallop to the shop for a slice of pie ($3.99) from the menu and stuff cheeks with slivers of the prizewinning Slap Yo Mama chocolate pie or try to wedge the Moonshiner’s bourbon filling into a flask. Unlike munching a photo of a brownie, mouthfuls of sugar-free chocolate cupcakes ($1.99 each) keep spirits high and glucose levels low. Lunchtime guests can fuel up with a chicken salad sandwich or tuna salad sandwich ($5.99 each) and end meals with red-velvet cupcakes ($1.69 each).
Tinkerbell dolls, sugar-spun Prada shoes, baby booties, and toy cars: these are just a few of the adornments that perch atop the custom-made confections at Mad Lily Cakery. A staff of baking gurus creates a kaleidoscope of desserts from flavors such as chocolate amaretto and red velvet, yielding both traditional circular cakes as well as ones shaped like sharks, sports jerseys, or bubblegum machines. For smaller bites, fluffy dollops of frosting crown cupcakes, cookies, and a variety of premade treats.
The bakers at Cupcake Cutie Etc. whip up fresh batches of mini cakes throughout the day, which customers can ornament in an ever-changing selection of icings, fillings, and toppings at the custom cupcake bar. Chocolate, red velvet, and lemon-flavored cupcakes emerge from the pan as fluffy as a cloud fresh from the dryer. The bakers lavish the cakes with icing such as buttercream and caramel, then shake on free sprinkles and let guests choose from up to 31 toppings, including Cinnabon swirls, oreos, and almonds. Cupcakes may also harbor gooey fillings such as cream cheese and strawberries.
In addition to baking cupcakes, sculpted cakes, and tiered wedding cakes, bakers also make cake pops, which free hands to tie intricate sailor’s knots without depriving mouths of sugar. They also rent out their mocha-colored café for parties and special occasions.