Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
Pizzas burst from the ovens of Bell's Greek Pizza, laden with the flavors of the Mediterranean and accompanied by hot sandwiches and pastas. Diners can chomp their way through a host of specialty pizzas, such as the amorous meat lover pizza, strewn with pepperoni, ham, and sausage ($12.99 for small) or craft their own pizza masterpiece by choosing four toppings from more than 25 meats and veggies ($13.99 for medium). Grinders such as the club tuck ham, turkey, bacon, and fresh legumes ($9.99 for large) inside fresh oven-baked bread. Pitas range from tangy chicken shawarma to Americanized philly steaks ($5.49 each), and Bell's Pizza's stays open until 4 a.m., offering a convenient spot for grabbing a snack after a long night of riling up neighborhood dogs with a vacuum cleaner.
Being a public restaurant on a private golf course has its perks when it comes to landscaping. Situated on the rolling greens of Walnut Hills, Copper Dine and Drink treats guests to picturesque views as well as classic American cuisine. Families, couples, or golfers retiring from the links can settle in for entrees such as grilled salmon with vegetables and lemon butter or spicy chicken-cavatappi pasta with andouille sausage, Cajun chicken, peppers, and onion. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, giving its draft-beer taps time to nurse their weekend hangovers.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location customers can sample thin pitas that encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for its bread and meats, and by offering a selection of healthy sandwiches.
Altu's Ethiopian Cuisine decorates plates with traditional fare from the Horn of Africa and Ethiopian-inspired cuisine. Diners can enjoy their meals how Ethiopian families do, scooping savory stew from a platter with bits of spongy injera bread, or like American families do, spooning stew with one hand and text messaging the kids with the other. A staple in Ethiopian kitchens and restaurants, the spicy chicken stew blends the traditional berbere spice with a hint of tomato ($9.99). Clans of carnivores hungrily devour the meat feast, which teams chicken and lamb with spicy beef ($30 for two people, $39 for three). Daily specials, such as Wednesday's collard greens cooked in peanut sauce and coconut milk ($8.99), explore recipes from other African countries and legume-loving moon colonies. Vegetarians can savor lentils in a variety of formats—from spicy ($7.99) to mild and garlicky ($8.25)—Tuesday through Saturday. Though Altu's is closed Sundays and Mondays, it tops off the week each Saturday night with a live musical treat.