The board-certified orthodontists at Smile Straight Orthodontics, including some who are bilingual in English and Spanish, work to perfect smiles with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. With an expert staff at the ready, they treat common issues with innovative tools such as Invisalign.
Greenery Restaurant and Market's chefs imbue fresh seasonal ingredients with intercontinental flavors to round out an innovative menu of more than 150 culinary masterpieces. Seafood-loving tongues walk the cedar plank and plunge into the court of the barbecued wild Washington state king salmon and its fawning attendants of herbed potatoes, spinach, and fresh hoisin barbecue sauce ($20). A Mediterranean trio tours diners through balmy olive-tree-studded lands with a smattering of hummus, baba ghanoush, and Greek-black-olive tapenade, bolstered by house-made pita chips ($10). Sautéed rapini pizza accepts passengers of buttermilk ricotta, garlic, and pickled fresno chilies before setting sail for the dining room ($13), and carnivores can track a wily strip steak through a salsa-laced jungle of greens, avocado, peppers, and onions on the grilled fajita salad ($16).
Peek across the counter at the shop's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loafs of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they kettle-dip Granny Smiths into caramel-coated creations. Caramel apples range from the classically simple (starting at $5.25) to The Monster Apple, which is rolled in mixed nuts, layered lovingly in milk or dark chocolate, and drizzled in rich white confection with liberal discretion. For additional brain pampering, strip away the core and go straight for the score with freshly fangled fudges ($13.25 per pound).
When Schlotzsky's first opened in Austin back 1971, the owner offered just one sandwich. Known as The Original, the stack offered lean smoked ham, genoa and cotto salamis, three kinds of cheese, and a layer of marinated black olives, all atop a hot sourdough bun. That?s all it took to get Schlotzsky?s off the ground and send it on its way to become a global franchise, today featuring locations in 35 states and four countries. Of course, today?s menu holds many, many more flavor combinations?Angus roast beef and cheese, chicken and pesto, and a smoked-turkey reuben, to name a few?along with salads and pizzas. The latter aren't as much of a divergence from Schlotzky's lunch-friendly template as it might sound: at eight inches across, they're still easy to grab on the go, and the crust is made with sourdough just like the signature sandwich bread and the walls of the head baker's home.
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks. Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
Alex Alqadi, who is from Jerusalem by way of Kuwait, recreates the city of his birth with the scents of frying falafel and warm pita. Colorful paintings of the Dome of the Rock further capture the feeling of visiting the eatery’s sun-steeped namesake city. In the restaurant, waiters carry plates laden with lamb shawarma and spanakopita to tables cloaked in carmine linens, and cooks roast eggplant in the oven to forge baba ghanoush or destroy evidence after breaking into a farmer’s vault.