David "Red" Cohen knows it is an odd combination, but Red's Dogs & Donuts is all about serving his favorite two foods. Hebrew National hot dogs crackle warmly alongside andouille sausages and brats crafted from smoked elk, pheasant, bison, alligator, and other meats. Mole sauce, chili, jalapeños, pickled red onions, and other toppings turn the hot dogs into a feast for patrons or a nightmare for an actuary calculating napkin-insurance premiums. A frosted, sprinkled, filled, and powdered array of more than 60 donuts make use of Red's secret batter recipe, which substitutes in potato flour to add extra fluff and crunch to the house-made treats. The donuts don fixings including maple glaze and bacon, and belgian waffles sport cherries and whipped cream or a sausage-and-egg scramble drizzled in syrup.
The steady rhythm of a chopping knife can be heard from behind the counters at Spooners Frozen Yogurt, where toppings are freshly prepared every day. Customers can decorate their cups of all-natural yogurt with morsels of fresh fruit, chunks of cookies, or nuts. Every flavor of the locally-sourced yogurt is made with no artificial dyes or preservatives.
Eileen's Colossal Cookies sates the hungry taste buds of dessert-deprived patrons with an extensive cookie collection. Avoid the embarrassment of an empty cookie jar by stuffing it with 3-inch baked disks ($4.35 per dozen) available in 16 flavors, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate-chocolate-chip walnut, which is designed to satisfy double-strength cocoa cravings.
While most people just swallow down a few vitamins to get all their daily nutrients, the staff at Infused Smoothies and Yogurts came up with a more appetizing alternative. They make getting all your required minerals and supplements a tasty process by mixing them into probiotic- and antioxidant-rich smoothies.
To create these signature health drinks, they blend a base of fresh fruits and vegetables with add-ins, such as multivitamins, fiber, and protein. Specialties include the Banana-Nut Blast and the Trail Mix—a blend of natural almond butter, cinnamon granola, and ground-up hiking boots. They serve these up alongside freshly squeezed juices, Jackie's Java coffees, and more than 40 flavors of frozen yogurt, which comes in sugar-free, nonfat, and Greek varieties.
Having evolved through more than 1,000 frozen flavors since 1953, Baskin Robbins engages sub-zero palates with a rotating selection of classic cones, seasonal scoops, and cool cakes and pies. Customers can nuzzle old favorites such as pralines 'n’ cream or smash faces into the most recent flavor of the month, winter chocolate marshmallow ($2.29+), a hot-chocolate-flavored ice cream that snackers must blow on for one minute before delving into its whipped-cream ribbons and speckles of marshmallow dough. Ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute ice cream into shakes and smoothies ($3.99+), or caffeinated cappuccino blasts blended with ice cream, coffee, and electrified caramel syrup. A line-up of freeze-baked ice-cream cakes and pies includes crowd-pleasers such as the Grasshopper pie, a frosty disk of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream, fudge, and whipped cream, held together by an Oreo-cookie crust. Visitors may also pick up hand-packed pints ($3.99+) from the grab ‘n‘ go cooler, to be enjoyed at home or impulsively consumed in the parking lot.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a can of vegetables, a bag of sliced bread, or a box of instant cake mix in The Backporch Cafe kitchen. The chefs are wary of the premade foods, bottled sauces, and magic beans found in grocery stores, preferring to whip up all their dishes from scratch. So they bake fresh apple pies, bran raisin muffins, and buttermilk biscuits each morning, along with from-scratch loaves of rye, wheat, and cheddar sourdough bread. As a yawning breakfast crowd begins to wander in, the chefs turn their attention to three-egg omelets, chorizo burritos, and lightly grilled french toast. Come lunchtime, they’ll layer housemade bread with house-smoked chicken, turkey, and ham before plating the sandwiches alongside handfuls of fries and scoops of potato salad.
Complementing all of this homestyle cooking is a beverage list that includes coffee, juice, bloody marys, screwdrivers, and Manmosas—orange juice mixed with Easy Street wheat beer from the nearby Odell Brewing Company. When the weather's nice, diners can lounge beneath magenta umbrellas on the patio.