During the 1980s, bars in Japan began serving aromatic cocktails that would clear the mind, leave recipients refreshed and energized, and were safe for consumption by children. This tradition continues at 02 Breathe, where patrons safely fill lungs with four to five times the amount of pure oxygen found in air, the vapor comingling with a choice of 19 fragrances. Using technology developed by NASA, nonmedical oxygen concentrators filter gasses such as argon and nitrogen from the air, isolating the life-giving molecule to about a 90% purity level. Fragrance blends, such as balancing earl grey or soothing sugar cookie, are borne into sinuses via water molecules, so they are safe for ingestion and for mixing with oxygen. Given that the 02 crew's libations are as light as the air we all walk on, their sleek black bar topped with rainbow vials can be easily transported to locations ranging from sporting events to birthday parties.
It was a stifling, sultry day in Houma, Louisiana, when Dave (aka "Seprock") tasted his first snoball—a New Orleans–style frozen treat of soft shaved ice drenched in sweet syrup. Dazzled by its delicate texture and rich flavor, Dave became determined to bring the treat back to his hometown. With his wife's blessing, he eventually opened his own snoball shop in a cheerful plaza in Hunter's Creek. Today, Seprock’s Snow is a kaleidoscope of color. Bright walls surround vibrantly decorated tables, and servers adorn icy snoballs with a rainbow of fruity syrups. Dave and his staff also stuff their treats full of creamy ice cream to add an extra dimension of goodness and help patrons sneak dairy past airport security. For colder days, they supplement their frozen treats and wash customers' tongues clean of their red, blue, and green color with steaming coffee, hot cocoa, and apple cider.
The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups and salads. For a trimmer take, try a Toasty Torpedo or Toasty Bullet ($3-$4), 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), signature subs, and classic subs. View a complete menu here.
The culinary connoisseurs at El Caldo Puertorican Restaurant summon an array of spices, seafood, and meat for a satiating menu of succulent Caribbean fare. Mouths water when close to the thin-sliced palomilla steak ($9), which staggers under the weight of its accompanying onions and optional anvil as it arrives at the table, and bite-size fried chicken ($9) clings to the bone while lounging on plates. The paella’s medley of seafood includes mussels, scallops, and lobster, which join chorizo and beef tips before tickling taste buds ($20). By the end of slurping the seven potencia’s rich seafood broth ($17), diners are sated enough to stop diving for clams at the bottom of their bathtub.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
Exposed wooden archwork forms a canopy over guests as they settle into black booths with checkerboard tablecloths. Walls of bare brick add to the rustic charm of L'italiano's dining room, which pays homage to the home of its signature deep-dish and stuffed pies with plentiful pictures of Chicago and large statues of the Blues Brothers.
Though the cheerful ambiance, flat-screen TVs, and music draw patrons into L'italiano's, the chefs' hearty, Chicago–style pizzas give them reason to linger over a dessert of lactase supplements. The cheesy disks share the spotlight with Italian pastas, gourmet sandwiches, and the deep-dish's gangly cousin, the thin-crust pizza.