Juicy Green's owners spent about a year in Korea mastering the production of frozen yogurt, an icy delicacy they serve up alongside gelato and fresh-fruit smoothies. Guests can pair the tart and tangy taste of plain, green tea, and pomegranate fro-yo with a toppings menu that shifts routinely, but may include tongue ticklers such as Coco Puffs, blackberry, kiwi, and Oreo. At 70 calories and zero grams of fat per 4-oz. serving (without toppings), the chilly treat ($2.95, plus $0.95 for up to three toppings) is also capable of imparting the guilt-free thrill that can only be attained via fat-free sweets and in-home jaywalking. Made with homemade yogurt, the frozen yogurt is free of both additives and preservatives. When blended with fresh fruit and consumed through a straw as a smoothie ($4.95), it leaves hands free for interpretive steel-drum solos.
The cozy, laid-back, two-story wine and coffee house's large windows and ceiling fans encourage lingering and long talks about the meaning of life and the proper pronunciation of Sartre. Your wine flight will consist of five 2.5-ounce pours from JavaVino's wine list, which, like foliage and fashions, changes seasonally. The pared-down menu favors boutique vineyards from around the globe over the more well-known monster grape-crushing conglomerates. Sample a glass of the slightly sweet Washington State Kiona Reisling ($6 a glass) before moving on to the blackberry-hinted Three Winds Pinot Noir ($8 a glass) from France, or the organic Santa Julia Argentine Cabernet ($6), with notes of black cherry and currant. Included in the flight is your choice of either JavaVino's signature mixed cheese plate ($7.75) with five artisan cheeses, chorizo, mixed olives, and crackers; the vegan hummus plate ($6.95); or any of JavaVino's desserts. Taste the signature untraditional chocolate cobbler, which melts a half-pound brownie, chocolate cake, and chocolate syrup into a warm dessert pile and tops it with whipped cream and raspberry sauce ($5), or Ryan’s Grandma’s tri-layered, cream-cheese-frosted carrot cake ($5).
Bhojanic's health-conscious chefs whip up a flavorful Northern Indian menu without the use of heavy creams and starches, winning the Best Indian Food Best of Citysearch award four years in a row. Tapas-style appetizers such as minty ground-turkey seekh kebabs ($6.95) and cheesy marinated paneer tikka ($7.95) skewer bite-sized comestibles in a more date-friendly environment than supermarket-sample tours. Homemade flatbread kathi rolls ($8.50) enfold chicken, turkey, or paneer cheese alongside egg, mint chutney, and veggies. Herbivore-friendly options put an end to garnish-only orders with dishes such as the Shakhahari veggie platter, dolloped with a choice of five daily specials ($7.50 for lunch; $10.95 for dinner), and traditional street food such as samosas, potato-filled pastries topped with chutney, yogurt, and roasted cumin ($6.95).
When customizing a frozen dessert with toppings, many people reach for chocolate chips, sprinkles, or a barrel of whipped cream. Swirlin Twirlin has those classic add-ons in spades—but its toppings selection ventures into unexpectedly gourmet territory, as well. Pomegranates dipped in dark chocolate, bites of cheesecake, and Andes mints join the lineup alongside chilled blackberries, mangos, and watermelon. All of the fresh fruit and crumbled candies are cut daily, and taste-tested by the staff themselves before being added to the bar, which offers more than 50 topping choices.
These add-ons require a foundation, of course. Swirlin Twirlin houses a wall of self-serve machines that fill cups with frozen yogurt in a variety of low-fat, non-fat, and non-dairy flavors. The sweet spirals range from original tart to red velvet, and contain probiotics that aid the "friendly" bacteria that already exist in the digestive system. There are even no-sugar-added flavors, including mango and chocolate, which offer delicious bites without the addition of sucrose.
The Chocolate Bar's menu contains a veritable cornucopia of house-made chocolates, dessert plates, small bites, specialty cocktails, and expertly chosen wines. If you opt for the prix-fixe wine flight, you'll get three wines ($12) and your choice of three truffles ($5), three assorted popcorns ($12), or three cheeses ($13) to sample this chocolate cabin's wares. Otherwise, you can branch outward like a curious and hungry poltergeist tree with $25 worth of treats. Turn your palate to a culinary cocktail such as a summery beer float ($6), Leinenkugel's sunset wheat poured over a scoop of orange sherbet. Offset a liquid treat with some solid comestibles, such as smoked sockeye salmon ($10) in truffle and shallot vinaigrette. If you stopped by with a gaggle of friends, sweet-feast on a large dessert plate of peach melba ($8), a treasure trove of almond-vanilla sponge cake, peach sorbet, and raspberry mousse.