Everybody’s dream sundae is different, which is why Chocolate Bar Cafe named its most customizable ice-cream treat The Fantasy. In its massive bowl, bananas, whipped cream, nuts, cherries, and six toppings of your choice smother six scoops of your favorite ice-cream flavors. With more than 30 ice-cream flavors—from burgundy cherry to maple walnut—the staff is confident that Chocolate Bar Cafe can meet your taste buds’ needs.
The shop was originally opened in 1921 by Louis Alinosi, whose recipes still grace the ice-cream cases. Though current owner Lisa Corbin keeps Alinosi’s traditions alive, she’s also expanded the café to incorporate a greater range of sweets. Each morning, bakers top gourmet cupcakes—whose 30 flavors include orange creamsicle, double chocolate, and boston cream—with housemade icing. Similar flavors and designs can be incorporated into custom cakes to celebrate birthdays or your puppy’s first steps. Boxed chocolates and truffles round out the café’s edibles, which can be complemented with an extensive selection of sodas, coffees, and hot chocolates.
At Aretée, owner Olga Tecos and her staff remedy skin ailments and muscular maladies with a full line of massages and facials for men, women, and teens. The spa's aestheticians help improve skin complexion with botanical-based Aveda skincare products, which use no animal byproducts, pore-clogging oils, or tails of newt. The spa also offers spa parties and the services of a wedding planner and professional photographer, and beauty products and diverse skincare lines address skincare issues with moisturizers, cleansers, and masks.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves low-fat and fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. All locations tout silky soft-serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.79–$3.89). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings (+$0.85 each). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.39–$5.39). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a waffle cone (additional $.60). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
The team at Mack Avenue Diner forges a menu of melts, fish, steak, and burgers amid an ambience of Americana, with checkered tiles and cushy bar stools. Warm up with a tasty tuna melt, which simmers under a ceiling of gooey American cheese ($5.99), or enjoy the chicken fajita salad–chicken breast, onion, tomato, and chedder cheese served with grilled pita bread ($6.99). A portabello quesadilla wrap is rendered scrumptious by an adhesion of spinach, tomato, and melted cheddar ensconced in a grilled flour tortilla ($6.59), and six burgers display the virtue of layers, such as the half-pound ground round ($5.29–$5.79).
This family-oriented, neighborhood restaurant deliciously adorns its tables with specialty pizzas and traditional Italian recipes, all inside the historic Britz building. Head-chef Jason Hartland serves up a scrumptious menu highlighted by pizzas such as the classic margherita ($9.99 small, $11.99 large) and the arrabbiata, featuring a meaty portion of italian sausage buttressed by the sweet bite of caramelized onion ($11.99 small, $15.99 large). Grille customers clamor for the calamari enlivened with the tang of cohabiting tomatoes and lemon ($11.99), and Jason’s garlic-and-white-wine sautéed mussels, which are whipped up using his own wine-doused muscles ($10.99). Bellies also fill with Italian comfort food such as the homemade lasagna ($13.99), filet mignon soaking in a bath of mushroom cream sauce ($23.99), and breaded Lake Michigan perch ($14.99). Additionally, Pepperoni Grille clinks ice to glass behind a full bar and serves a variety of wines available per glass ($6–$8) and bottle ($22–$49).
The chefs at Chapoton Woods Market handcraft spreads of homemade Mediterranean dishes. Nimble hands chop herbs into verdant helpings of tabbouleh ($5.99/pound) and bundle fresh ingredients into neatly wrapped cabbage rolls ($6.99/pound) or stuffed grape leaves ($6.99/pound). For carnivores or rebellious teenage triceratopses, customers can pick up meat pies ($1.25 for one, $11.99 for a dozen) or kibbeh, meaty croquettes that are fried crispy and golden brown ($1.50 for one, $6.99 for five). An order of hummus ($5.99/pound) teaches party guests that chickpeas not only make good substitutes for paintballs but can also transform into a creamy, tasty dip. The market also offers a selection of traditional Western comfort fare such as deli sandwiches, lasagna, and pizza.