At all of Menchie's locations—scattered around the world—patrons do the same three things: mix, weigh, and pay. They mix an extensive selection of rotating toppings and frozen-yogurt flavors, which are made exclusively by Menchie's private label and contain live and active cultures. Then they weigh their concoction and pay for what they've put in their cup or repurposed wizard's hat. After discovering their shared passion for crafting the perfect cup of frozen yogurt, founders Danna and Adam opened Menchie's to introduce the frozen phenomenon to the masses or to melting glaciers in need of sympathy sprinkles.
At Yogurt Lounge, stainless-steel soft-serve machines dispense frozen yogurt in 15 flavors. Above each machine, a placard denotes the flavor, be it chocolate cheesecake, fruit punch, or ham hock. The rotating lineup includes nonfat, low-fat, and nondairy options that swirl into cups at the touch of a lever. After dishing up a portion of frozen yogurt, customers can accessorize it with more than 40 toppings such as gummies, cereal, and fresh fruit. Although Yogurt Lounge is primarily a self-serve operation, staffers can blend smoothies, steep green and thai teas, and dispense batches of shaved ice. True to its name, Yogurt Lounge opens up to a seating area with overstuffed brown couches and a flat-screen TV.
Sacks on the Beach serves up fresh breakfast and lunch dishes mere blocks from the Pacific Ocean, inviting diners to savor meals as they smell the ocean breeze. Visitors can lounge on the outdoor patio or inside the cozy café, where they can chew through sandwiches that teem with crisp veggies and fresh cheeses, or simply sip a cup of fragrant coffee.
Whether perching underneath an umbrella on the patio, or admiring the eatery’s display case of freshly crafted treats, visitors at Western City Bagel can bask in the comforting scent of baked goods and deli sandwiches. Unlike firecracker sushi rigged with live pyrotechnics, the shop’s bagel sandwiches are a culinary experiment gone right, making the traditional sandwich even better with stacks of turkey, tomato, albacore tuna, and bacon between two halves of a toasty, chewy bagel. The bagels themselves come in a variety of flavors, such as everything, poppy seed, and sprouted wheat. The shop opens at 6 a.m., filling quickly with steam from an espresso machine as early risers dine on open-face bagel feasts smeared with cream cheese and topped with lox.