Pungent aromas fill the air at Java Me Up, where customers filter in for the specialty coffee drinks and gourmet sandwiches. The s’mores latte and white chocolate mocha are just two of 40 flavors available for fans of sweet caffeinated sips, while gourmet drip coffees showcase the rich profiles of beans gathered anywhere from Hawaii, to Ethiopia, to Juan Valdez's pantry. Meanwhile, croissants make a soft and buttery base for hickory smoked turkey sandwiches, and snacks such as biscotti, warm brownies, and organic salads round out the menu of fresh and light café fare.
FruitiYogi's self-serve frozen yogurt machines and bountiful toppings bar allow guests to create limitless combinations of frozen confections. The shop rolls out 10 flavors of frozen yogurt at a time, keeping sweet teeth on their toes with rotating varieties that may include strawberry, coconut, and pumpkin. Sprinkles, gummy bears, nuts, and chocolate chips headline a selection of 60 toppings that pile into cups and protect froyo from the sun, especially when it wears its monocle.
The chefs at Michael’s Italian Kitchen start meals the same way their old-world Italian predecessors did: with fresh ingredients. They transform the raw materials into a menu of subs, pastas, lasagna (served with house-made garlic rolls), and other classic Italian dishes—mostly with centerpieces of veal, chicken, and seafood. Artichokes, chicken, garlic, basil, and ricotta decorate Mike’s carciofi pizza, one of the specialty Neapolitan-style pizzas. And out on the garden patio, freshness comes in the form of flowers and plants blooming around wrought-iron chairs and cozy tables.
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
While most frozen fruit restaurants dump a bunch of pre-made liquid yogurt mix into the top of their machine, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt buys yogurt powder, milk, and other fresh ingredients, then mixes it all together themselves. Thus far, their process has yielded 16 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their cups with cool, low-fat coconut, strawberry, NSA vanilla, dairy-free orange, and pistachio. Juicy strawberries, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 40 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.