Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and the creamerie also offers sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $3.79 and $5.29, depending on size and location.
The friendly staff at Chonas serves an extensive menu of Mexican favorites. Give drowsy taste buds a spicy wakeup with Texas cheese dip with steak, shrimp, and grilled chicken ($7.95) or a hearty cup of black bean soup ($2.25). Move to the flavorful main event of three Sinaloa beach tacos stuffed with grilled chicken or steak and accompanied by an edible entourage of pico de gallo, tomatillo sauce, and fresh limes ($9.85). Meat lovers can sink teeth into the house’s special carne asada, a top-quality beefy cut tastily terraformed with layers of cheese and poblano peppers ($10.99). Silence sweet hankerings with fried ice cream, the culinary world’s most toothsome contradiction ($3.95).
Rising Roll dishes out tasty lunch fare, earning recognition as a best buy from Zagat. Sink your teeth into paninis, melts, and gourmet wraps. The Mad Italian layers salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and Italian dressing on a toothsome boule, croissant, or wrap with a side of red-skin-potato salad, pasta salad, or coleslaw. Vegetarians will delight at the pesto portabella, a combination of marinated grilled portabella, crumbled goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and pesto. A selection of salads, such as the Maui (crisp romaine, grilled chicken breast, crumbled blue cheese, mandarin oranges, and chopped pecans), provides carb-free eats for diners restricted by diets and devout bowling leagues.
McAlister's Deli's kitchen craftspeople concoct sandwiches, salads, and loaded potatoes from fresh ingredients and artisan breads, creating meals that earned them a spot on the 2009 10 Best Fast-Casual Restaurants list by Parents magazine. Rather than braving a home kitchen's gauntlet of hanging knives and mayonnaise slicks, pick up a gameday pack that includes an assortment of deli sandwiches with roast beef, turkey, or ham with cheese on fresh-baked breads. Dip a combination of chocolate-chip, oatmeal-raisin, and white-chocolate-macadamia cookies in tall glasses of home-brewed sweet tea made from rainforest-certified black tea and pure sugar, or opt for the unsweetened variety.
Encore 2 Bar & Bistro dishes out an array of grilled fare and potations in a chic setting, which spotlights live DJs and jazz music on weekends. Noshers can choose from a menu of sandwiches, chicken, and seafood entrees such as the portobello chicken ($12), which arrives fresh from the grill and cloaked in sautéed mushrooms and mozzarella.