With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
At The MadHouse Coffee, baristas craft hot and cold coffees and teas and serve them up alongside made-to-order sandwiches and freshly baked pastries. Patrons can sip on a peanut-butter-infused Monkey Mocha between bites of the Island of Capri sandwich, full of creamy mozzarella, tomatoes, and oregano hugged by two slices of focaccia bread. The MadHouse Coffee also offers a selection of desserts such as tiramisu, which guests can nibble as they take in the vibrantly remixed pieces of artwork on tables, walls, and employees? foreheads.
The proprietors behind TIABI Coffee & Waffle Bar?short for "To Inspire and Be Inspired"?met in 2007 as journalism majors at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It didn't take long for the duo to forsake the smell of ink for the scent of fresh coffee and made-from-scratch waffles, which immediately greets visitors as they step into the eatery. A bulk of those housemade waffles are playfully shaped like hashtags, which cooks then top with nutella and sliced almonds or use to sandwich slices of turkey sausage. To complement each savory or sweet treat, sip on imported coffees, which are incorporated into specialties such as cake-flavored iced coffee.
Of course, TIABI's selection isn't limited to the restaurant's two namesakes. Cooks assemble sandwiches with other fixings such as chicken breast and agave soy dressing, while baristas concoct tea blends with flavors such as organic green and pineapple. Guests dine amid a soothing atmosphere of polished hardwoods, walls adorned with local art, and comfy chairs made from leather and actual clouds.
At Cafe Casera, CC Sizzle Entrees transcend mere onomatopoeia with blends of spices, ground beef, pork, onion, cabbage, and special cheese sauce first created in 1968. These signature dishes sprang from the mind of the restaurant's founder, and today, there are multiple ways to enjoy these savory Mexican melanges. One way is nacho style?on top of homemade tortilla chips. Another is rolled up as a burrito inside a homemade tortilla or scooped into a taco shell, offering a far more satisfyingly crunch than inside Faberge eggs. You can even order a Sizzler burger, with the fixings sandwiched between a bun.
Cafe Casera complements their signature CC Sizzle Entrees with classic Mexican comfort foods. Its menu also features bean-and-cheese burritos, cheese quesadillas, and ground beef tacos, as well as sweet Mexican cookies and cinnamon-drizzled sopaipillas for dessert.
Blake Buchanan opened the first Bahama Buck's in the summer of 1991—a tropical-themed hut that served shaved ice amidst the sweltering Texas heat. Although his business has now expanded to 30 locations (and counting) throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada, each shop embraces the same island atmosphere: palm trees stand proudly next to tiki torches, bamboo trim lines the walls, and a smoke monster floats through the parking lot every day at noon.
Behind the counter, employees drizzle tropical flavors—from banana to watermelon and coconut—into cups piled high with shaved ice, cooling down overheated patrons. Anyone who forgot their brain-freeze medication can opt for a helping of Island House Coffee, lemonade, or Paradise Fruit—a blend of island fruits topped with chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.
The Coffee Bean's location in Las Vegas has been open since 2001. Since then, the company has grown to more than 15 franchise-operated locations. Amid each café's handcrafted oak paneling wafts the aromas of more than 40 types of coffee and loose-leaf tea. The coffee blends, which are manually roasted in small batches every day, are incorporated into everything from the sugar-free Café Vanilla to the ice-blended Black Forest, a decadent combination of cherries and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Meanwhile, tea varieties range from peach oolong to Moroccan mint. The Coffee Bean's menu also features many hot and cold drinks that contain less than 200 calories.