Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.
Most frozen-yogurt venues don't have a mascot. But at the newly inaugurated Swirlz Frozen Yogurt, Swirlz the Squirrel makes special appearances decked out in a bright-pink cheerleader uniform. Her intermittent presence at the independent, family-friendly dessert establishment augments the sunny vibe. Flat-screen TVs list mouthwatering flavors and music fills the multicolored confines as customers build their own concoctions before lounging in bright-white booths or perching on orange or pink stainless-steel chairs at spacious tables.
Locally owned by a fro-yo enthusiast, Swirlz Frozen Yogurt also prides itself on its community involvement. Mini desserts in the form of Red Velvet Cake and Cheesecake from local bakery Desserts by Helen grace the counters. On each Monday in the fall, nonprofit organizations such as animal-rescue outfits will set up booths in Swirlz, where they'll educate customers about their causes and bring in much-needed funds with a percentage of the day's profits.
Homemade meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Juicy quarter-pound burgers. Pies fresh from the oven. These are more than just background items in a Norman Rockwell painting; they’re also classic American dishes. As such, they deserve a classic American home, and Stricker’s Café fills that role. Open seven days a week, the friendly café erases appetites with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Servers sling fluffy pancakes, country fried steak and eggs, omelets, and other breakfast eats all day long, and during dinner service, they cover tables with patty melts and plates of tender pulled pork.
Peruse the drink menu to part firmly sealed eyelids with a double espresso ($1.80 for a double), a Caramellato made with caramel, espresso, and milk ($3.80 for a tall), or a Kamikaze, which is a caffeinated combination of espresso and coffee ($2.05 for a short). Sippers can also treat taste buds to scrumptious cinnamon-spiced chai lattes ($3.20+ for a short) and cool tongues with real-fruit smoothies ($3.65 for a tall). Scarf down cinnamon rolls ($2.25), scones ($2), and breakfast sandwiches ($2.75) to procure the nutrients needed to wrestle the rooster that woke you.
The owners of North End Café don't just purchase local produce: they also grow vegetables and herbs in their own garden in Simpsonville. Since April, 2003, their chefs have championed this focus on local, seasonal ingredients with a healthy approach to cooking. North End Café's menu features traditional meals from around the world, ranging from grass-fed beef burgers and flatiron steaks to grilled fish and scallops to vegetarian lasagnas, stir-fry, and cakes. For sharing, chefs build eclectic small plates such as crab cakes, fried goat-cheese ravioli, and almond-crusted brie. They also prepare a range of vegan and gluten-free dishes, taking care to avoid the pyrotechnics that result when steak and tofu touch.
To accompany these meals, bartenders pour American and international wines, and blend cocktails from fruit and old-fashioned ingredients. At the Highlands location, a brand-new tap system spouts 23 craft beers, including imperial IPAs and peppery black porters. In warmer months, the aromas of cooking and laughter of clientele also fill the Highlands location's new outdoor patio, an expansive wooden deck surrounded by leafy plants and tall, wispy trees.
Whipping up handcrafted flavors with sugary virtuosity, Coco’s Chocolate Café provides patrons a tasty-treat abode that won’t melt into a puddle of pudding in the hot sun. Coco’s is a top-notch spot for picking up chocolaty delicacies. Made from the finest ingredients available, specialties such as turtles with Madagascar vanilla bean ($2 each), hazelnut pralines ($2), and butter truffles ($1.50) provide smile-inducing sampling. Beverages like cappuccino ($3.49) and dark hot chocolate ($2.99) offer savory sips, while a small fondue with strawberries, marshmallows, pound cake, or crispy treats gives rogue dippers the chance to indulge ($11.99). Additionally, patrons will be able to kick back and relax in a welcoming atmosphere featuring striking lighting and lustrous wood accents.