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 housemade 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 portable marble slabs or sundae bars in tow.
From its corner on McPherson and Del Mar, this 10-flavor fortress of self-serve frozen yogurt tops each treat with towers of more than 30 toppings. Fro-yo funambulists take their first step through Sweet Spot's edible obstacle course with a rotating roster of flavors ($0.39 per oz.) that includes chocolate, kiwi, acai berry, and green tea. After filling up your bowl or bowler hat with a pileup of frozen flavors, you can tailor it to your taste buds with peaches, fresh-cut strawberries, freeze-dried love, and a host of other delicious toppings. As emphasized by Sweet's Spots facts page, frozen yogurt contains a number of nourishing ingredients that aid digestion, strengthen bones, and—when topped with fresh fruit—give you the ability to smell time.
Texadelphia takes the cheesesteak and makes it the way only Texas can?overflowing with hearty meats and served with a side of tortilla chips and salsa. These 100% Angus beef sandwiches come slathered in a variety of toppings, including grilled onions, jalape?os, and cherry peppers, and rest on artisan-baked bread. Try a Founder's Favorite cheesesteak with mozzarella and mushrooms or turn to poultry with The Left Coast, which comes topped with chicken, grilled onions, and guacamole. Items of non-Philly origin also dot the menu, including a grilled-chicken sandwich, smoked turkey and guacamole salad, and a bacon-cheddar burger served with hickory sauce.
The sweet scholars at Great American Cookies bake up a bounty of chocolaty cookies, moist brownies, and festive cookie cakes. Chomp on chunks of chip-infused cookies in a variety of flavors, including snickerdoodle, white-chunk macadamia, and double fudge ($14 for a dozen), or nestle chewers into a moist, frosting-festooned brownie available in cheesecake and german chocolate. For an additional fee add a letter or word to any size cookie, or order an entire 16-inch special-occasion cookie cake ($26.49) decorated with fun, fanciful frosted images of puppies, sailboats, or M.C. Escher's favorite sport. Surprise a loved one with a small heart-shaped cake, ideal for a traditional Valentine's Day gift or a nontraditional Flag Day gift ($28.99 for large).
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the all-natural beef tuscan ribeye, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.