True to the founders' vision back in 1964, Blimpie offers high-quality subs with neighborhood deli charm at locations throughout the country. The menu is anchor by the signature sandwich, which offers hearty combinations of meats and cheese such as ham and swiss or the BLT. But in the more than four decades since opening, the menu has expanded with the times to now includes wraps, panini grilled subs, and a menu of light options that complement a healthy, active lifestyle. Customers can pair their sandwiches with sides such as macaroni salad or french fries to make it a full meal.
Founded by ice-cream enthusiasts Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone Creamery has grown to more than 1,400 locations across North America. Each day, the shop's scoopers mix up fresh batches of ice cream and sorbet, which are served by the scoop, piled high in sundaes, and blended into shakes. After customers choose their desired flavor, the staff toss the chilly sustenance upon a slab of frozen granite, and fold in a smorgasbord of candy and nuts to achieve the ideal ice-cream-to-add-in ratio. Customer’s can dream up their own creations or opt for a signature masterpiece, sampling one of more than 11.5 million possible flavor combinations, which still await a brave conqueror to unlock them all. To accommodate sweets cravings at celebrations, the staff also dish out premade treats, such as ice-cream cakes and baked goods.
Beach Bum Tanning's board-certified consultants speak with each client beforehand to determine the best tanning method for his or her golden-hued goals, allowing bronzed butterflies to emerge from their cocoons with a natural glow free of overexposure. The salon's Star Trekkian tanning beds come with features such as climate control, cool misting sprays, aromatic fragrances, and MP3 player inputs, and some beds are even open to the air to cut down on claustrophobia. As an alternative to tanning beds, the time-crunched can undergo an airbrush tanning session that suns skin without exposure to unforgiving UV rays or harsh Friar's Club roasts. Using a combination of fine-point- and wide-point-guided guns, Beach Bum's certified airbrush artists will shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to your body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
A few hours before Mamma Mia Pizzeria opens for the day, the chefs turn on the ovens and begin to prepare their pizzas, scattering dough with specialty toppings like fresh mozzarella, grilled chicken, and homemade tomato garlic sauce. They arrange the colorful pies along the pristine front counter, alongside bowls of freshly baked garlic-bread knots and baskets of the crusty baguettes they slice up for Boar's Head meat subs. The pizzeria fare soon makes its way out to diners relaxing in an area with colorful pennants and sports photographs adorning the walls.
Located right on busy Route 36 in Belford (Middletown), just a few miles west of Sandy Hook, Napoli Boys offers the best hard and soft ice cream and Italian ices in the Jersey Shore region. It's a great place to stop when returning from Sandy Hook or other shore points.