Tasty Crêpes's capable crepe craftsmen flip sweet and savory griddle cakes, artfully dressing them in delectable toppings that include local and sustainable fruits and vegetables. Strolling down a cafeteria-style line, patrons belly up to the serving counter to admire cooks as they sizzle traditional or whole-wheat batter on hot plates and then shout out specialty ingredients to customize their edible pouch. In honey-mustard crepes ($6.50), chicken, honey mustard, and herb crème shimmy through fluffy caverns, and chocolate brownies and bananas sweetly cohabitate inside the Brownie Passion crepe ($5.50). For satiating self-expression, diners can color a plain flour canvas ($3.99) with an assortment of cheese, meat, fruit, and nut toppings ($1 each). To wash tender morsels down hatches, nibblers can sip a 100% juice fruit smoothie—a much safer way to get your daily dosage of fruit than ransacking a still-life art class.
Smoothie King's smoothies spin fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 slurpable flavor and nutrient combinations, all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat.
Nice N Natural bolsters health-minded lifestyles with an arsenal of organic groceries, supplements, and nutritious, preservative-free fare. A sprawling collection of vitamins and detox supplies mingles with a sweet stockpile of baked goods in both dairy-rich and vegan-friendly varieties. Freshly blended smoothies and juices eschew artificial sweeteners, drink mixes, and cybernetic bananas for the 100% natural flavors of ingredients such as papaya, ginger, and peanuts, and the nutrient-rich beverages gracefully slosh around in biodegradable cups. Nice N Natural also slings equally wholesome lunch fare, such as soups and sandwiches constructed with fresh, all-natural organic ingredients.
Baci's dessert artisans concoct gelato, sorbetto, yogurt gelato, and soy gelato directly on the premises from the finest Italian ingredients. The 20 mouth-watering flavors rotate daily, pleasing palates with pistachio, raspberry cheesecake, and white chocolate hazelnut flavors, among many others. Isolate one flavor at a time with a small cup ($3.25), or confuse your mouth with a heaping large cup of the frosty delights ($5.25). Visitors exhausted from spoon-to-mouth routines can slurp up milkshakes ($4.75) or milkshake-like frappes ($4.75), or opt to warm up after chilly eating sessions with high-quality espressos and cappucinos ($3.25–$3.75). Like the respect of strangers, gelato can also be purchased by the pint ($9) or quart ($17).
Tom Carvel practiced many trades in his youth, from a Dixieland drummer to a test driver of Studebakers. When a medical diagnosis forced him to seek out the country air, he started selling ice cream out of his battered old truck, just to keep his hands busy. One day, his truck suffered a flat tire in a parking lot by the highway. Fortunately, motoring tourists had a taste for the stuff, and Tom sold his entire stock in two days. That accidental pit stop became the site of his first brick-and-mortar store in 1934.
Today, Carvel Ice Cream still satisfies sweet teeth from over 500 locations. Its treats, of course, have evolved with the times, and in addition to Tom's signature soft serve, they now make cupcakes and other novelty sweets. The purveyors of Tom's legacy are particularly proud of their ice cream cakes, which they make fresh each day and form into shapes such as familiar characters or classic rectangles, which were originally intended to differentiate them from cheese wheels.