Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.60) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Firehouse #31, a crunchy cinnamon ribbon with hot-candy pieces buried in a bright-red twirl of cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4.30–$6.50).
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Cousin Jack’s Pasty Company packs fresh, locally sourced meats and vegetables into handheld pies known as pasties. Each case contains 16 handmade flaky, fully cooked pasties that are blast-frozen and packaged in resealable bags for easy freezer storage and quick oven reheating. An ample selection of single and combination cases lets customers choose from a variety of flavors like broccoli and cheese, wild mushroom, steak and ale, and pesto lamb to serve to family members, friends, or professional food jugglers. Patrons can call to schedule a time to swing by Cousin Jack’s facility in Eugene to pick up cases or have them shipped for an additional charge.
The cuisine at Vanilla Jill's Scoops and Soups strives to provide customers with a gourmet selection of health-conscious soups, desserts, and drinks. A dessert selection of grass-fed small-batch ice cream, kefir-based gourmet frozen yogurt, and vegan and sugar-free desserts helps support paleo and non-paleo diets alike. Ice cream flavors include red velvet raw and vanilla bean cheesecake with local black calf raspberry swirl.
Possessing a savory speciality, they also serve customers soups and stews. Using a base of broth cooked down from grass-fed meat bones, soups and stews are filled with pastured or organic meat, as well as organic veggies, spices, and herbs. The rotating soup selection includes flavors such as verde chicken with seasonal veggies and pumpkin stew with sausage.
Not to be outdone by other menu items, a gluten-free waffle selection contains both sweet and savory options, such as orange-poppy seed with cranberries and savory carrot dill. Waffles can also be served as a sundae or in the paleo variety. While finishing their meals, customers can quench their thirst with Kombucha tea served on tap.
Bob Cook isn’t big on labels. Take the word breakfast, for example. To him, a chili dog complements a sunrise just as well as an egg sandwich. That’s why he serves Bob’s Deli & Donuts’ entire menu of homemade pastries and deli fare from 5 a.m. until closing time.
As alarm clocks buzz around town, cyclists begin circling the shop, which boasts a parking station fit for bicycles and Bob’s own unicycle. Inside, friendly staffers slice freshly roasted turkey and ham by hand, tailoring the thickness to each customer’s liking, as patrons inhale the scent of frying bacon or deliberate over several styles of donuts. The deli also whips up vegan italian sausages bolder than coffee filtered through a megaphone.
Guests line up at the self-serve machines that stretch across Top City Frozen Yogurt Cafe’s lime-green wall, clutching their spoon in anticipation as they wait to fill their cups with swirls of YoCream frozen yogurt. After choosing from 12 rotating flavors—including no-sugar-added and sorbet options—they head over to the topping bar in the center of the room and cap their creations with crunchy cereal or candy.
Over at the serving counter, blenders whirr as they mix whole berries, peaches, and pineapples with yogurt or sorbet in smoothies. Frappes bring the buzz as they sub out the smoothie’s fruit for freshly roasted brews from Sisters Coffee Company. Guests can enjoy their frozen treats while sitting on a plush leather couch or taking advantage of free WiFi to search phrases such as “where does yogurt come from?” and “will brain freeze kill me?”.