Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ expert baristas brew fresh cups of coffee using Rainforest Alliance beans and a passion for carefully cultivated caffeine. Whirlwinds of crushed ice co-mingle with richly roasted coffee to craft 24-ounce chillers—a slushy, sweet treat dense with dessert-like flavors. Celebrate seasonal transience with a pumpkin-spice chiller, or tickle taste buds with a frosty, slurpable snow globe in the form of a white-chocolate-caramel-cookie chiller. Five dark-chocolaty cocoa-loco chillers can help customers stay cool and caffeinated for a full workweek or provide a necessary jolt of get-up-and-go to an entire bicycle polo team after a night spent dreaming of steel children and living motorcycles.
A family-friendly co-op, Kaleidoscoops cools overheated taste buds with more than 70 flavors of ice cream, along with a host of variations on a similar dairy theme (single $2.39, double $3.99).. Raging chocoholics can indulge in flavors like More Cowbell, chocolate ice cream speckled with chocolate chunks, chewy brownies, and Oreo cookie pieces. Health-conscious connoisseurs, meanwhile, can savor low-fat options like black cherry or peach Depending on the size of their stomach and the scope of their bravery, diners may dive spoon-first into a lactic lagoon dubbed the Kaleidonator: 8 -12 scoops of ice cream rub elbows with brownie and pound cake fingers, waffle crisps, a banana, two of the neighbor's kids swimming laps, four toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries. Kaleidoscoops also freeze-bakes a variety of ice cream cakes for all occasions (priced from $10-$45).
Casa Di Giorgio's elegant dining halls have more than enough space to accommodate the abundance of diners seeking the kitchen's renowned gnocchi and pasta dishes. Glimmering chandeliers shower visitors in soft light, and vibrant Italian oil paintings hang on walls that are red and ornate, like the Arizona Cardinals' antique-furniture room. In the kitchen, chefs labor over veal, steak, and seafood, whipping up authentic northern and southern Italian dishes that have been lauded by reporters from Express Milwaukee. Servers deliver plates to the dining room along with bottles of fine wines, which they expertly coax open by whistling a few bars of Italian opera.
Since 1934, three generations of the Mazos family have ground fresh burgers daily and slid malted milkshakes down the counter to eagerly awaiting stomachs. Burgers dominate the restaurant's menu, with choices such as the eternally popular bacon cheeseburger, whose meaty middles are smuggled betwixt a toasted bun and a choice of swiss or american cheese. The mushroom cheeseburger tops its circular base with a saute of Mario's favorite power-ups, and the double cheeseburger stacks reunited cheeseburger twins. No longer hiding behind the anonymity of its initials, a bacon, lettuce, and tomato pairs with grilled-cheese sandwiches to offer diners beef-unrelated fare. Both burger and non-burger sandwiches accompany a choice of two sides to diners' tables, including french fries, coleslaw, baked beans, napkin swans, or a homemade cup of soup of the day.