Despite the fact that they sell frozen treats, Swirlberry isn't synonymous with sweet—their artisan-made frozen yogurt embraces crisp, refreshing flavors that aren't overloaded with sugar. The machines at each location dispense classic variants such as Greek tart and vanilla, fruity spoonfuls of pomegranate and strawberry, as well as Hershey's ice cream and vanilla custard. Even the flavors that skew toward desserts—birthday cake, for example—are still low-fat and don't overpower the palate.
Every flavor is also kosher, gluten-free, and host to four active live cultures that may aid in digestion. And, Swirlberry's resident yogurt mixologist keeps the menu fresh by inventing seasonal flavors, rather than by combining chocolate with vanilla and calling it "mystery taste." Guests can embellish their yogurt with toppings that run the gamut from fresh fruit and berries to cereal bits and chocolate chips. More decadent non-yogurt treats such as vanilla custard and Hershey's ice cream are also available.
Though they're far from the cerulean seas and rolling mountains of northern Lebanon, the cooks at Le Chef Restaurant flood their sophisticated dining room with the mouthwatering aromas and flavors of the diverse region. Their menu reads like a ‘best-of’ list of Lebanese cuisine, offering up favorites such as stuffed lamb, couscous, and chicken shawerma. They also prepare an impressive list of vegetarian specialties, such as grape leaves that are stuffed with rice, chickpeas, onions, and tomatoes and served with tangy yogurt sauce. Guests can pair their meals with Lebanese white and red wines from the lush Bekaa Valley or choose more recognizable varietals from Italy, Spain, and France. When weather permits, wining, dining, and backflips can unfurl on Le Chef's patio.
Besides friendly lunch and dinner service, Le Chef Restaurant also offers up its distinctive fare during special events with private dining and catering services.
Jungle Java was designed to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's caf? carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
After more than a quarter-century of layering sandwiches, whipping up fresh salads, and ladling out bowls of piping-hot soups, Vineyards Deli Basket has the delicatessen business down to a science. The extensive menu lists more than 100 entries, broken down into sections for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as specialized options for healthy choices and Jewish catering. There are traditional deli standbys, such as a BLT or turkey reuben, as well as less traditional selections, such as barbecue wings or the jumbo Vienna hot dog, which is the size of a city bus.
Yotsuba’s skilled sushi chefs sprinkle fresh fish and organic seaweed with low-sodium soy sauce brewed in-house. Tempura and teriyaki dishes steam atop low tables in the West Bloomfield location’s tatami room, where cushy legless seats host floor-level dining in traditional Japanese style. High-backed booths and bar seating at both locations raise patrons off the ground for views of chopstick-wielding chefs tapping out the drum solo from "Wipeout" behind the sushi bar.