Working out of a postal truck repurposed as a mobile bakery, Street Sweets & Eats’ owners Stacey and Jake bake and deliver a menu of cake pops, creatively flavored cupcakes, and sandwiches. Raspberry-filled lemon cake, chocolate chips and cookie dough, and coconut-topped vanilla cream stand out among 11 other inventive cupcake flavor combinations which, along with their other snacks, can be purchased directly from the truck or ordered in bulk for catering.
Roman literature describes how Emperor Nero enjoyed the rarest of all treats: fruit juices and wines chilled in mountain snow. Several thousand years of technological development have unlocked the ability for everyone to enjoy what was once a snack fit only for royalty and to do so in a health-conscious way. Planet Yogurt serves a daily rotating cast of 12 flavors of frozen yogurt, which is low in fat and rich in probiotics. More than 50 toppings—from fresh-sliced fruit to crushed classic candy—wait to dust the tops of self-served-yogurt mountains.
The walls match the vibrant colors of the snacks and toppings with lime greens, warm reds, and bright oranges. As visitors scarf down their frozen treats, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs keep them entertained with sitcoms and the weatherman’s fanciful tales of good and evil.
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.
Stefano’s Gelato is a frozen fantasy world of handcrafted gelato and sorbetto, whose milky frigidity boasts intense flavors free of hydrogenation. Sample gelato editions such as pistachio hazelnut, banana orange cream, and Butterfinger. Sorbettos (close relatives of gelato that are crafted with fruit and purified water) delight the mouth with wild berry, mango, passion fruit, and other zesty essences. Prices depend on how you want to eat your treat—grab a 3-ounce small glob of gelato for $3, a medium 4-ounce serving for $4, or a pint for $8. Cones are also available ($1 for kids’ cone, $2 for value cone), and carbonated throat-cleansers await your esophagus in the form of 16- or 20-ounce Italian sodas ($3.50/$4.50), retro sodas ($0.50), and Mexican coke ($1.50).
Just above the gelato-and-coffee counter in Paula’s Eatery hovers what looks to be an enormous wire bird’s nest. The hyper-modern chandelier kind of sums up the whole feel of the café: disarmingly stylish, but comfortable and family-friendly.
The tone is fitting for a shop that has made a name for itself based on its unorthodox take on comfort food. The bakery whips up plates of homespun classics with a gourmet twist. The banana bread is roasted, zucchini cake is made with Tuscan olive oil, and the improbably enormous Rice Crispy treats are shot through with marshmallow chunks. Their signature Belgian waffles get a similar upgrade, served with pure maple syrup or the shop’s homemade gelato. For midday meals, cooks press fresh paninis, such as the Hawaiian Hula Ham, smothered in provolone, honey cured ham, and zesty pepper spiced apricot relish. At the coffee bar, baristas tamp out a slew of espresso drinks, from classic drip coffees to exotic affogatos—a scoop of gelato drowned in espresso and served with an improvised sea shanty.
Every morning, Rooster’s Gourmet Popcorn whirs to life with the slow crescendo of thousands of tiny explosions. Snack masters mix a palette of more than 50 unorthodox flavors into the classic confection, resulting in anything from southwest-jalapeño and spicy-queso to toffee-almond and watermelon popcorns. They dole out free samples to acquaint customers with their sweet and savory kernels before packing up handsome gift tins for birthdays, office gatherings, and trips to a corn field to gloat.