The Electric Brew is a fair-trade-certified coffeehouse serving coffee that is roasted in-house and brewed fresh daily, along with fresh baked goods and tasty lunch fare. The menu gets a steamy start with five daily varieties of whole-bean gourmet-brewed coffee ($1.49–$1.69), as well as a variety of hot and cold specialty drinks such as hot tea ($1.49) and hot chai tea ($3.04–$3.64). Kids can warm their mini-organs with a kid-sized hot cocoa ($0.75), which is a mildly warm, yet equally scrumptious version of the original ($2.38-$2.80). The menu of caffeine-complementing cuisine includes soups, salads, and sandwiches that, like the slowest county-fair Ferris wheel ever, rotate daily. Rib stickers such as chicken barley soup ($3.25–$4.25), Santa Fe black-bean salad ($5.15), and chicken salad on brew bread ($3.75–$5.95) have all appeared recently. Other menu munchies include handmade baked goods such as coffeecakes, streusels, muffins, brownies, and homemade cinnamon rolls.
After spending his childhood absorbing the finer points of pie forging from his father, Darren "DC" Cornell ventured forth on his own to build a reputation preparing pizzas with homemade sauces, never-frozen pepperoni, and fresh, top-shelf ingredients. The pizza baron and his crew melt a signature four-cheese blend over hand-tossed, thin-crust, and Chicago-style pies, christening each discus with patriotic names that celebrate institutions of the United States and laws that allow setting off fireworks indoors. Toppings such as real italian sausage, smoked meats, imported capicola ham, and fresh veggies join with a mélange of sauces and creamy cheeses to grace savory pies and calzones. Hearty sub sandwiches, light wraps, crispy salads, and classic Italian favorites leave diners as satisfied as a snowman swimming in the Arctic.
When John Ritter thinks back to 1948, he can almost taste the frozen treats he churned out during his after-school job at the local ice-cream parlor. Now, after a 35-year career as a film animator, he helps others to enjoy similarly sweet memories at Ritter's Frozen Custard. Here, friendly staffers handcraft each batch of frozen custard, an ultrapremium ice cream as smooth as a jazz record dipped in chocolate. At the counter, guests can sample the flavors of the day, which range from tart blueberry to gooey, crunchy mocha-almond fudge. Scoops of classic vanilla—along with more than 25 toppings—fill specialty creations such as brownie sundaes, hand-dipped malts, and freezer-ready ice-cream sandwiches.
Founded nearly 25 years ago on a frozen foundation of nonporous, 5-degree granite, Cold Stone Creamery has blossomed into a nationally recognized ice-cream parlor distinguished by its daily creations of sweet treats. Fruit, nuts, and candy collaborate with ice-cream flavors such as french vanilla, sweet cream, and cake batter to manifest a signature sundae or a personalized creation made to match customers' tastes and fifth-birthday-party footage. Smoothies and shakes sate diners, and fruity sorbets, nonfat ice creams, and tangy frozen yogurt satisfy the need for healthy indulgences.