Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.60) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Firehouse #31, a crunchy cinnamon ribbon with hot-candy pieces buried in a bright-red twirl of cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($4.30–$6.50).
Operating under the mantra Flavor Your Life, Bahama Buck's sends its patrons on a tropical holiday with every sip of its gourmet drinks. Island-inspired decor outfits each Bahama Buck's location, and the business's approach to flavor as an art form—with more than 90 flavors of shaved ice—carries over to its smoothies, which send creamy concoctions climbing through straws to rouse tasters with the zest of fresh fruit and juices. Hawaii's Kona coffee beans are used for Island House coffees, and island specialties, such as 100% natural juices, provide an afternoon pick-me-up without the pressure of negotiating with the intimidating children in charge of neighborhood lemonade stands.
Colorful art masterpieces brighten the walls of The Funky Door Bistro & Wine Room as diners enjoy a vast selection of wines by the glass and dip french-bread croutons into pots of rich cheese fondue. Other French-influenced entrees emerge from the kitchen in the form of seared shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, filet mignon au Povaire, and gourmet Kobe beef burgers served in berets. Guests can pair meals with their choice from 48 international wines stored in a self-serve Enomatics unit. This Italian-made technology stores a variety of bottles that can be dispensed in 1.5-, 3-, or 6-ounce pours at the perfect temperature through the use of a microchip card. The eatery's marble-topped bar stretches across an exposed-brick wall beneath sparkling glass light fixtures, which cast rays across vibrant blooms and linens tinted black and white like an old-timey TV broadcast.
Chili Dog Café smothers 100% beef hot dogs in made-from-scratch chili and other delectably exotic toppings. The basic chili dog ($3.49) ships these house specialties mouth-ward in a single bread-canoe, while regionally themed dogs sate both hunger and wanderlust. A Chicago dog bears Windy City flourishes of tomato, relish, a pickle spear, mustard, onions, and peppers ($3.99), and internationally inspired eats employ the sauerkraut-flecked flavors of Germany ($3.49) and the spicy, guac-tinged tastes of Mexico ($3.59). Non-sausage sandwiches include the fried chicken sandwich ($5.29) and the big Texas burger, mounded high with bacon, onion rings, jalapeños, mustard, and BBQ sauce ($8.69). Chili can be added onto any menu item for $1.49, or served in a cup ($2.99), bowl ($4.49), or exfoliating mask.
Beef ‘O’Brady’s boasts a protein parade of classic American fare prepared hot, steaming, and packed with enough beefy flavors to stampede even the most ravenous appetite. The brand-new lunch menu whets the fangs and gorges midday hunger pangs with greatest hits alongside tasty new classics. Dive into the beef end with the restaurant’s build-your-own burger, a quarter pound of seasoned steak ready to be dolled up in choices of racy chilis, deliquescent cheeses, and snappy smoked bacon, with a side saddle of fries ($5.99). Tackle the Gameday hot dogs, smothered in chili and cheese ($5.99), or snap back a dynamic duo of fish tacos ($6.99). Vegetarians can lunch in felicity with 'O’Brady’s new grilled veggie bowl ($4.99), splashed in creamy poblano sauce.