The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab?s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
Amid red-and-white checkered tablecloths, a canopy of team pennants, and TVs playing episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Dixie Barbeque owner Alan Howell serves up a wide-ranging menu of succulent southern barbecue. The pulled-pork sandwich ($5.19 for a regular; $6.35 for a large) bundles up with a side of rolls, slaw upon request, and E.T. Red barbecue sauce, mesmerizing mouths both human and Martian. Or order a sandwich plain and douse it with a choice of sauces, such as Alabama White, South Carolina Gold, and the understated Sauce from Hell.
The bakers at Cakes in a Cup are never tempted by premixed cupcake mixes at the grocery store. That's because they make fresh cupcakes from scratch each morning. Seven everyday flavors offer classic cake and icing pairings, such as vanilla cake with chocolate frosting and red velvet cake with cream-cheese icing. Daily specials offer more inventive bites with flavors such as s'mores, cappuccino, and pina colada. And in addition to traditional cupcakes, the bakers also whip up tasty gluten-free and sugar-free options. While picking up their treats, customers can grab a cup of Keurig coffee, tap into the free wireless Internet, or pick out balloons and ribbons to go with their party orders.
Rather than prescribe burger recipes to diners, Burger Bar's menu invites them to build their own sandwiches in five steps. The first and most essential choice, of course, is that of the patty; the kitchen's grills constantly sizzle with beef, chicken, turkey, and portobello-mushroom patties. Diners can choose to top their burgers with one of six cheeses, four of 18 toppings, and a sauce such as chimichurri, garlic aioli, or barbecue. The staff recommends pairing the burger with a handcrafted cocktail, milk shake, or nice lungful of oxygen.