Matthew Corrin was fashion designer Oscar de la Renta's marketing manager, which meant a lot of long hours and a lot of hurried lunches. After his umpteenth greasy sandwich, Corrin began wondering why there weren't more convenient, waistline-friendly lunch alternatives. This rumination?and a resignation letter to de la Renta?begot Freshii, a fast, casual eatery that serves healthy meals and has graced the pages of various publications, including the Chicago Tribune and Inc.?s 30 Under 30 list. Environmental awareness also plays a big part in the business model as the food packaging is made from eco-friendly vegetable starches.
Every Freshii kitchen is stocked with the base ingredients of brown rice, romaine lettuce, field greens, spinach, and rice noodles; toppings such as carrots, broccoli, grilled tofu, and candied walnuts; and an array of dressings and sauces. Using these ingredients, the chefs create bowls, wraps, salads, soups, and burritos for lunch and dinner. During morning hours when the sun is still busy curling its rays, they scramble eggs, serve housemade oatmeal, and top fat-free frozen yogurt with a choice of fruit. Customers can bring their own bowls, and the staff will wash and fill them with fresh ingredients hailing from environmentally responsible farms that fairly compensate their workers.
Sweet Mellisa's fulfills dessert-related dreams with the more than 10 traditional and unique flavors on its menu. Mellisa's cupcakes run the gamut of tastes, from the chocolaty junior mints of Midnight Mint to the marshmallow frosting and graham-cracker cake batter of s'mores. The cupcake creators fill custom orders for parties of all types, such as bridal showers or People Against Full-Size Cake conventions, and customers can supply Mellisa with their own flavor ideas to receive personalized cupcakes. Sweet Mellisa's also offers both pour-over and French-press coffee, all of which is ethically sourced via direct trade and individually brewed. Guests who prefer savory to sweet can dine on a variety of cafe-inspired lunch and dinner options. Boars Head meats and cheeses fill paninis, while soups and salads use fresh ingredients to satisfy diners.
With 25 smoothie options on Juiceblendz's menu, deciding on just one is no easy task. The team prides itself in serving all-natural drinks and eats in a family-friendly atmosphere. Made from any number of combinations, the smoothies include fresh-blended fruit, frozen yogurt, and healthful boosts to curb appetites or up energy. The liquid selection doesn't end there, though. Juiceblendz also serves fresh juice, kid-centric smoothies, and drinkable breakfast alternatives. To complement its smoothies and juices, the eatery offers bagel sandwiches for breakfast, along with wraps, sandwiches, and salads for lunch and dinner and an array of self-serve frozen yogurts.
The staffers at Newk’s Express Café continue to perfect the art of fast, casual dining, creating freshly tossed salads, made-from-scratch soups, and hot toasted sandwiches at locations in 11 states. California-style pizzas boasting barbecue chicken or smoked gouda compound the difficulty of choice making, and house-made cakes in flavors that include banana and coconut tempt diners, whether they’re dining in the café, picking up, or softly whimpering in awe before the open kitchen.
Kitchen 67 features fresh Michigan ingredients while infusing fare with high-quality Michigan distilled beverages. The modern American menu honors the heritage of the Brann family, who's patriarch, John Brann, Sr., sold his first sizzler steak in 1967. Today, the eatery offers a unique food and dining experience and calls upon locally sourced ingredients and spirits to create burgers from USDA Choice, grain-fed, native Michigan beef and prepare all-natural jumbo chicken wings with no hormones added.
Inside Palatte Coffee & Art, baristas ornament drinks with latte art as patrons study the art hanging on the walls or bite into fresh danishes and pastries. In addition to indulgent creations such as a Snickers latte, the cafe serves up apple cider, warm teas, and American cappuccinos.