Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
At Shogun Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, culinary artisans slice and serve fresh, satisfying rolls and morsels of seafood. As patrons pass the restaurant's welcoming Japanese water fountains, they work up appetites for 6–10 pieces of the crunchy shrimp roll, topped with a crown of crunchies and eel sauce ($6.50), or the Mexican roll ($10), which celebrates Mexico's rich sushi-making heritage with fried snapper and a spicy mayo sauce. In addition to slinging tightly wrapped cylinders, Shogun also delicately plates nigiri—two pieces per order—such as flying-fish roe ($3.50) or red clam ($5). As diners savor the magnificent mouthbursts of crabmeat-packed California rolls ($4.50) or flash-fried oyster tempura rolls ($7), they can watch sushi wranglers deftly prepare rolls before their very eyes or fix their gazes on the bar's TV for regular airings of sports or competitive napping tournaments.
Every morning, chefs at Mother’s Home Cooking International prepare a new menu, readying chicken and catfish for frying, stirring rich chicken dressing, and baking fresh loaves of corn bread. The house-standard crispy fried chicken typically makes an appearance in the rotating culinary cast, often hobnobbing with mashed potatoes or rubbing elbows with macaroni and cheese. Duos indulge in hearty homestyle dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs and smothered pork chops, and Southern-inspired fried catfish and chitterlings occasionally fill bellies on weekends. A traditional Sunday dinner gathers families around the table where they feast on dishes such as chicken and dressing, and debate whether to form a traveling family band or a traveling family law firm. Match dinners with a steamy scoop of vegetables, from sweet candied yams to rowdy black-eyed peas. Mother's Home Cooking International boasts a karaoke machine, an Xbox360, and a PlayStation 3, and patrons enjoy live football on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights.
Glass star-shaped lanterns hang from the restaurant's ceiling at varying lengths, giving guests the impression they're wading through a nebula. Once seated, the full picture comes into view with festive red walls and banquettes the color of fresh-picked cilantro. Soon after the order, kitchen skillets begin to sizzle with the sliced steak and marinated chicken that will fill burritos, enchiladas, and warm flour tortillas. Crazy Cactus also features jumbo margaritas and homemade sangria to cap off the meal.
Tinkerbell dolls, sugar-spun Prada shoes, baby booties, and toy cars: these are just a few of the adornments that perch atop the custom-made confections at Mad Lily Cakery. A staff of baking gurus creates a kaleidoscope of desserts from flavors such as chocolate amaretto and red velvet, yielding both traditional circular cakes as well as ones shaped like sharks, sports jerseys, or bubblegum machines. For smaller bites, fluffy dollops of frosting crown cupcakes, cookies, and a variety of premade treats.