The sun is a constant presence at Twisp Cafe & Coffee House, flooding in the windows in the morning to shake the drowsiness from commuters and hovering overhead as diners stop in for lunch. The recently retooled menu spills over with Mediterranean-inspired options, including pizza dotted with olives and fresh basil, falafel sandwiches, and flaky baklava made in-house. These pair with energizing drinks, such as salted-caramel lattes and huckleberry white mochas. Visitors can make use of the free WiFi or stop by for frequent events, including acoustic musicians, book signings, and chances to take a ride in the bean roaster.
Within a shingled Hyde Park cottage, an original soda fountain from the 1930s—complete with silver faucets and a mirror-inlaid bar—has dispensed handmade ice cream since 1984. Today, Goody's Soda Fountain & Candy Stores models its housemade cones after krumkake—Scandinavian waffle cookies—and fills them with rotating flavors of ice cream churned in small batches every day. Cold meets hot with toppings such as housemade hot fudge and bittersweet, which contains twice as much chocolate as traditional hot fudge. Goody's also pulls shots of espresso from a coffee bar and fills glass jars with more than 50 flavors of Jelly Belly jellybeans. The shop celebrates holidays with seasonal treats such as Valentine's Day chocolate assortments, chocolate bunnies for Easter, and portable voting-booth snacks for Election Day.
On hand to help navigate the ever-changing selection is a “helpful staff . . . as sweet as the candy,” according to Boise Weekly. Guests slurp up their sweets amid the chocolate-brown and cream-white antique decor or, in the summer, on a garden patio hedged in by flower boxes.
The frozen-treat machines that line the walls at U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt's three Idaho locations churn out up to 20 flavors ready to be buried under heaping scoops of self-serve toppings. Patrons can fill their cups to the brim with velvety swirls of strawberry, chocolate, or Irish mint before capping off each chilled peak with toppings that include fresh fruit, candy, kids' cereals, and chocolate sauce. The live cultures nestled within each ounce ($0.39) of frozen yogurt can bolster digestive function and immunity, and its calcium can fortify bones and keep snowmen’s innards chilled long into the spring.
The cooks at Sammy’s reinvent American diner classics by piling 1/3-pound beef patties with unusual ingredients and blending numerous varieties of pie into gourmet milk shakes. Burger behemoths include Ben's Big Belly Burger, with a meaty base that hides beneath swiss cheese, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, guacamole, teriyaki sauce, and mayonnaise. Other treats include the Hey Nikki You're So Fine grilled-chicken sandwich and the Something About Mary, a black-bean patty caught in a farcical love hexagon of sautéed onions, pepper jack, pico de gallo, avocado, lettuce, and tomato.
In addition to concocting signature pie shakes in flavors such as mint Oreo and four different types of cheesecake, the team at Sammy's blends smoothies, regular shakes and malts, and cupcake shakes in flavors such as spiced carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting. Alongside the reformed diner fare, Sammy's regularly serves up live music events and a hip, relaxed atmosphere.
The Copa’s hand-crafted menu explodes with down-home cooking from spaghetti and meatballs in red sauce to macaroni noodles submerged in four golden cheeses and truffle oil. The chefs also dip halibut in a microbrew batter and tempura-batter clusters of avocado, cashews, and pepper jack cheese. Pops of color in the dishes, such as red pepper alfredo slathered onto butternut squash raviolis, reflect the vibrant dining room with orange- and yellow-hued walls, blue tablecloths, and a glow from the fireplace that illuminates people roasting chestnuts from nearby couches.
Gandolfo's slices up fresh meats daily and flings more than 70 different sandwiches out the window of a yellow cab in true NYC style. Carryout or dine-in on specialties such as the piping-hot Mama Leone ($5.69 for half order, $8.89 for whole order) and the meatlessly delicious Madison Square Garden ($4.49/$7.69), or punch your stamp-licker with a Knuckle sandwich ($8.89)—hot pastrami on sourdough with cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, lettuce, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, olives, mayo, and butter. See the menu for the exhaustive list of bread-bordered options.