"Life is short. Eat dessert first." That's the sweet motto at Rock 'N Roll Soda Shoppe, a lovingly retro tribute to the bygone days of poodle skirts, sock hops, and an un-jumpsuited Elvis. The diner specializes in old-fashioned ice cream drinks and desserts, including shakes loaded with candy pieces and splits both banana-filled and banana-free. But the kitchen gladly accommodates guests who prefer to begin their meals with savory fare. Angus beef burgers arrive layered with bacon and cheese or green chilies, while Monte Cristo sandwiches are served freshly griddled and sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Though cloaked in a velvety chocolate shell, the shape is unmistakable—a tail curved into a half-moon, claws frozen mid-snap. It’s definitely a scorpion. And, if the opinions of the chocolate summer camp’s 8-year-old gourmands can be trusted, it’s also delicious.
Though Schakolad Chocolate Factory owners DeRima and Gary Johnson have been trained in meticulous European chocolate-making techniques that date back three generations, they encourage playfulness and experimentation at their shop. For example, chocolate-making events empower chocolate aficionados to experiment with flavor combinations, and Ms. Johnson recently unveiled chocolate quesadillas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The chocolatiers are also happy to customize orders, from scribing messages atop glossy chocolate bars to creating chocolate molds that match the circumferences of customers’ mouths.
Mama Krusty taught her 13 children to memorize her family's famous kolache recipes, just as her father taught her to do at his bakery in Czechoslovakia. Carrying on the tradition at Kolache Cafe & Baking Company, 1 of Krusty's 13 students fills bakers' racks with pastries made by following that long-remembered formula. Inside the café, red walls surround glossy wooden tabletops, and a long rectangular rug emblazoned with Kolache Cafe's logo leads up to the cash register and chalkboards bearing a written menu of kolaches. Each golden pastry is crowned with sweet or savory ingredients including sweet chocolate cream cheese, blueberry, and jalapeño cream cheese with bacon, and signature stuffed kolache pockets surround their cargo with a pastry shell, like a backpack carved out of a large flaky biscuit. Cake bites in flavors such as tiramisu and key lime wait to ride waves of Peet's coffee or fountain drinks into hungry mouths.
The staff at Jiggle Berry Juice Bar takes juicing very seriously; they know that timing is vital in the juicing process, as valuable enzymes and nutrients perish within hours of being exposed to open air. Bent on serving the healthiest concoctions, the skilled servers squeeze fresh fruits and vegetable within minutes of their customer's order, and pack lactose-free smoothies with natural sweeteners and a choice of more than 11 boosts. The team even grows their own wheat grass, which they regularly trim and serenade with soft jazz music.
Since 1977, the cookie craftsmen at Great American Cookies have shared edible sentiments via freshly baked cookies, brownies, and hand-decorated cookie cakes. The founding bakers opened their first shop in Atlanta with one initial product: a chocolate-chip cookie crafted from a generations-old recipe. Since then, their lineup has expanded to include oatmeal walnut, double fudge, snickerdoodle, and other cookie renditions. And they've also added rich brownies that range in flavor from Reese?s Peanut Butter cup and strawberry cheesecake to red-velvet brownies, german chocolate brownies, and traditional fudge. The biggest feature, though, is the shop's signature 16-inch round cookie cake, a hand-frosted mega-treat that can feed 8?16 people or approximately 200 industrious tree elves.
The shop?s website caters to sweet requests with an online store full of preconceived designs searchable by occasion, recipient gender, and theme, including birthdays, Easter, and Saint Patrick's Day. If you'd like, the bakers can handle specific decoration orders and create unique designs to celebrate special events, such as baby?s first hedge fund.
Inside the kitchen of Hoagies Deli, the sweet scent of onions caramelizing on the grill mingles with melting swiss cheese as chefs craft their house specialty Phillie steak sandwiches. Sharing the spotlight are other signature sandwiches, including Reubens, BLTs, and french dips, as well as pressed paninis stuffed with smoked turkey, steak, or chicken. On the side, baked potatoes are crowned with hearty toppings including grilled chicken breast and guacamole or broccoli and cheddar cheese. The deli’s catering trays are lined with cherry turnovers and dozens of sandwiches on wheat berry bread, providing sustenance for large events such as office picnics or Osmond family reunions. The dining area's soft mint hues complement the glossy wooden tables and overhanging pendant lamps, creating a soothing atmosphere for meals or post-meal catnaps under the tables.