Brick columns topped with ivory triangles ascend over the Greensboro Scoop Shop's sprawling outdoor patio, a spread the eponymous Ben and Jerry could never have imagined when they slung their first scoop from a ramshackle gas station in 1978. Although renowned for flagship flavors such as Chunky Monkey and chocolate fudge brownie, Ben & Jerry's vaulted itself into the upper echelon of ice cream with playful, candy-studded concoctions named after celebrities, such as Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jerry Garcia. Velvety scoops can be reimagined as ice-cream cakes or drizzled in fudge and nuts to forge towering sundaes that patrons can chase with strawberry-cheesecake milkshakes, an ideal treat for those born with a straw proboscis.
Hass avocados, cilantro, and fresh lime juice are just a few ingredients diners might recognize as a chef whips up guacamole right before their eyes at Poblano's Mexican Bar & Grill. From the restaurant's grill come specialty dishes including the alambre mixto, a dish typically found in Mexico City that combines grilled steak, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo with grilled peppers, pineapples, and melted cheese. The taqueria offers up five suggestions for specialty tacos that include carne asada, pork carnitas, shrimp, sliced pork, and grilled fish. Poblano's also delivers fresh flavors via catering for special events such as luncheons, parties, or the day fifth graders win their citizenship by reciting the preamble to the Constitution.
Taste Yogurt Bar's 10 self-serve frozen-yogurt dispensers dish out low- and nonfat treats from a rotating lineup of flavors. With its active cultures, which can aid the immune system, frozen yogurt is a calcium-rich, healthy alternative to ice cream. Taste's 10 stations include tarts and sorbets, and guests can blend flavors such as cookies and cream, sea salt caramel pretzel, and moon pie in any combination they like. After the yogurt decisions have been made, it's all about the toppings: there are more than 60 options for fresh fruits, candy, and cereals, the same number of senators needed to break a filibuster—which might just be a senator eating fro-yo at the podium.
The family-owned New York Deli and Pastry Restaurant's ovens blaze from breakfast through dinner, toasting homemade pastries, sandwiches, and in-house Italian specialties. Drawing from 15 years of experience, chef Tino Mendez captains a crew in the kitchen as they compile meat, seafood, and vegetables into a diverse menu that regulars line up for during all meals of the day. Behind the scenes, pastry chef Jaya Bissoondutt prepares pies, cheesecakes, and brownies by hand, which add a sweet lining to drop-in meals or any catered event.
For more than 75 years, Carvel Ice Cream has been perfecting the art of generating smiles by handing out hand-dipped soft-serve and frosted ice-cream cakes. Ice cream resides in a number of homes, from a standard cup or cone ($1.79–$4.84 each) to a drink-size receptacle with a thick shake ($3.39–$4.70).
The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups ($1.79–$2.79) and salads ($5.99). For a trimmer take, try a Torpedo ($4) or Bullet ($3), where longer, leaner baguettes get packed with yummy stuffings, such as mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto in the Pesto Turkey or heaping stacks of meat (ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni) in the Italian. Other sliced bread standouts include sammies (flat bread, $2.99), signature sandwiches, classic subs, and deli subs ($3.99–$7.79). View a complete menu here.