Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with non-fat yogurt and sodium-free ice ($3.45 junior, $4.45 regular, $5.45 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, sherbets, soy and whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.45 regular, $6.45 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as pizza or spinach feta ($2.45 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more ($1.99 each).
Cafe Vida's three eateries are spread across greater Los Angeles, but their recipes gracefully straddle the California-Mexico border. Here, healthy Californian cuisine meets Mexican tradition, producing an eclectic, avocado-studded array of breakfasts and dinners. Some dishes stray further from tradition (for example, the avocado sandwich), but they're offset by classics such as grilled chicken burritos and huevos rancheros. Come in the morning and pair the latter with a cup of organic coffee fresh from Yosemite's famed java springs.
Since 2000, the baker at Sweet Red Peach has been churning out a mélange of treats from scratch, including custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pies, with accolades such as an appearance on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and winning third-place in the LA Cupcake Challenge. Cake flavors include white confetti, red velvet, german chocolate, and 7-Up—a bakery specialty featuring buttery, lemon-tinged pound cake. Southern-inspired desserts include peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, and banana pudding—a menu standout made with fresh bananas, homemade custard, fresh cream, pudding extract, and vanilla wafers. The bakery also doles out cookies in varieties that include chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and classic sugar.
American fare with a touch of southern flair is the specialty at Rusty Pot Cafe. And the portions are just as hearty as the flavors?the aptly named Overload breakfast sandwich arrives heaped with bacon, eggs, cheese, and veggies, while chicken and waffles and juicy burgers are transported to plates via miniature forklift. Guests indulge their comfort-food cravings in the cafe's casual dining room, or out on the sun-drenched patio.
Ms Ruby's Bakery & Grill offers customers a deluge of freshly baked goods and a grill menu that includes classics such as burgers and tacos. Forks dive into generous slices of red velvet cake and pies baked daily. Deep fryers reveal catfish, chicken tenders, wings, fries, and onion rings along with chicken burritos, shrimp sandwiches, and cheeseburgers.
When the bakers at Cake Bakeshop decide what creation to craft each day, they usually use one important criterion: are the ingredients for this recipe in season? If the answer is yes, then they add it to their roster of small-batch bakery items for that day. This means that their ovens can be cooking anything from fruit tarts in the summer months to pumpkin-spice blondies in the fall. During the cool winter months, they rely upon the interplay of nonfruit flavors such as their ginger-molasses cookies and brown-butter rice-krispies treats. No matter what the season, however, they create traditional three-tier cakes?including german chocolate and the slightly sweet-and-sour margarita?topped with edible decorations and swirls of buttercream for customer celebrations.