Vienna Frozen Custard has something of a magnetic quality. Out for a summer stroll, individuals often find that their feet have suddenly carried them directly to the ice-cream stand. Whether it’s the 20 different flavors that range from classics such as chocolate to unique treats such as pineapple choco chip, the tasty toppings that go on top, or a mysterious dessert-powered tractor beam that draws people in, Vienna Frozen Custard serves as a refuge during the summer heat. The stand also serves snacks that include nachos, pizza, and hot dogs.
Known for its selection of frozen yogurt treats, Yo Paradise also helps sate cool cravings by whipping up refreshing bubble teas and servings of coffee. The sleek yogurt emporium sports self-serve machines that dispense 16 flavors of frozen yogurt and words of worldly advice for weary customers in need of cooldowns. Peanut-butter, georgia-peach, and vanilla-bean-latte varieties ooze into cups before they're slathered in fresh fruits, candy, and nuts from the toppings bar.
Since human mouth sizes are as diverse as human nationalities, El Bodegon caters to food-holes large and small with a rich menu of small-plate tapas and large-plate feasts. Provoke your bullish appetite by waving a starting round of bite-sized, veggie-friendly Spanish potato omelet slices ($2.50 each); rice-filled blood sausages served on rustic bread ($2.50 per slice); and petite servings of seafood paella with rice, shrimp, mussels, scallops, baby octopus, and saffron calamari ($2.95 per small plate) in front of it. Once you've packed the tabletop with a few empty plates, fill up the remaining space with robust entrees like a dozen steamed mussels in vinaigrette ($9.95), Venezuelan King's Arepas packed with shredded beef and avocado ($5.45), and rustic bocatas (Spanish for "sandwich" and German for "the vague suspicion that your roommate is mooching your shampoo") with Manchego cheese on crusty bread infused with tomatoes and olive oil ($4.95). To keep it properly Spanish without resorting to castanets or artificially heating up the blood with microwaves, pair your repast with some South American wine or homemade Sangria El Bodegon ($5 per glass, $18 pitcher).
Veteran chefs prepare Stir Crazy’s Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes on sizzling woks right in the dining room. So while diners-to-be ponder the menu of more than 50 traditional and innovative Asian creations, they'll witness knives quartering veggies and flames lapping at the edges of the wok as the sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen come alive around them. Should your taste buds riot at the sight of all this mouth-watering action, satisfy them with an appetizer like the Ahi tuna and avocado poke ($8), a spicy stack of fresh fish and cool veggies. For main courses, choose from an array of entrees like the sweet and sour chicken, a dish featuring tender pieces of crispy chicken tossed with broccoli, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, and pineapple in a sweet and tangy sauce ($12.50). Or manage your intake with the Crazy Feature menu, which offers smaller-in-portion but towering-in-flavor classics like Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, served with a crispy veggie spring roll (all $8.88).
Mazatlan is a family restaurant that specializes in traditional recipes presented within a warmly welcoming environment free of rogue cannon fire or aluminum space bats. Spicy and mild-minded palates alike can mull over a full menu of savory standards such as custom-cooked steak or chicken fajitas ($11.75), as well as off-the-beaten-path treats such as seafood enchiladas with fish, crabmeat, and shrimp atop a bed of rice, guacamole, and pico de gallo ($8.99). Mazatlan's more straight-up specialties include the pineapple chicken grill topped with tomatoes, red onions, pineapple slices, and avocado ($10.75). And for anyone who has ever been tempted to order a taco that contained only more tacos, the fajita burrito ($8.99) might be the closest thing to living out the dream of foods wrapped within foods wrapped within foods. Once you've built up a solid mouth-fire, put it out with a signature 27-ounce Mazatlan Margarita (Tequila Cazadores, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, Red Bull, and Grand Marnier, $9.15) and some fried ice cream ($4.25).