The sisters who own Yogurt Extreme take pride in serving up a probiotic frozen treat that far exceeds the National Yogurt Association's minimum number of active cultures per gram. This wholesome frozen yogurt is made locally and serves as a flavorful base for a buffet of toppings, including fresh fruit, nuts, candy, mochi, and juice-filled exploding boba. Yogurt Extreme also offers no-sugar-added and dairy-free options for those with dietary restrictions or a hatred of cows.
The tea aficionados at J-Tea personally visit small farms in Taiwan and China, sampling a wide variety of seasonal oolong teas for stocking their cozy shop. The exact menu of specialty oolong, herbal, and green teas varies according to the season and the crop, including the chocolaty aged wu-yi, which is stored in earthen-clay vessels for 15 years to eliminate exposure to light and tea-crazed howler monkeys ($3/cup, $10/0.94 oz.). Infuse a hovering nose with the nutty aromas of smoke and wood of the charcoal-roasted oolong ($2/cup, $10/1.87 oz.), or savor the fruity latticework of the Emerald City oolong #38 ($3/cup, $8/oz.). Also available is an assortment of brew devices, tea mats, and storage vessels that transform any kitchen into a teahouse and keep the purity of tea from being corrupted by the rebellious teenage coffee beans in the next cabinet.
Seven flickering flat-screen televisions beam down from the warm orange walls of Boulevard Grill, where tabletops prop up plates of steak and seafood. Sunlight pours in from high windows, illuminating bartenders as they dole out pints of nine different draft beers and goblets of wine and spirits. Beyond the main dining room, the bar branches out into five separate event rooms—including a 3,250-square-foot ballroom and a pre-function lobby—where guests can host private parties or complex games of hide-and-seek. The bar also hosts a weekly car-show event on Thursdays during the summer that encourages visitors to bring in their classic and unique automobiles for other patrons to admire.
From the 1940s until 2003, Mom’s Pies flanked Highway 126 in Vida. The hearty fare sustained road trippers on long drives, but it was the homemade pies that made the eatery famous and kept its doors swinging all summer long. Restaurateur Lou Sangermano’s parents owned the eatery before he purchased it from them, later selling the road-stop building in 2003. But the allure of the popular pies his parents made stuck with him, and in 2011 Sangermano reopened the shop as a pie-only destination at Valley River Center, in a space much closer to the crowds who always loved his family’s pies.
Scrapping most of the former restaurant menu to focus on its beloved pies, the new Mom’s Pies bakes 10 different pie flavors each day to sell by the slice, whole pie, or fresh-baked whiff. Visitors who ate at the original location back in the day can taste some of the same flavors they formerly craved, as each pie is still baked according to the pie shop’s original 1940s recipes that called for fresh, whole ingredients, such as locally picked berries.
Visitors walking past Crumb Together’s storefront catch sight of brightly colored red, yellow, and green outdoor tables. The satisfied looks of customers sipping mochas and lattes gives them pause, but it's the smell of melted chocolate that finally draws them in. Once indoors, vibrant local artwork welcomes them, as do different cookie varieties that sit on the counter waiting to be sampled. Just below them in the glass display case, made-from-scratch ginger snaps lay side by side with oatmeal raisin cookies cookies. Gluten-free options and upon-request vegan options promote the bakery's belief in the inalienable right to snack. Once selected, the gourmet treats can be nibbled on the premises.
Since putting the finishing touches on their first dish in 1892, Cafe Zenon's chefs have sated the appetites of area diners with entrees infused with international flavors. Amidst the bustling kitchen, the culinary crew deploys ingredients such as butter-poached wild Salmon and Bitterroot Mountain Morel mushrooms to whip up eats for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Along with savory meals, Cafe Zenon's bakeshop remains awash in the sweet aromas of tiramisu, lemon chiffon cake, and Boston Cream pies filled with vanilla pastry cream and Paul Revere's secrets.