On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added grilled chicken, hot dogs, barbecue beef, and pork sandwiches to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
Pink Papaya Frozen Yogurt welcomes patrons into a sweet cyclone of frozen yogurt, plentiful café tables, and bright swirls of pastel green and pink décor. The family-owned treat shop doles out 20 self-serve flavors of fro-yo, filled with immunity- and digestion-boosting live and active cultures. After choosing chilly cup foundations, sundae artists can build on their yogurt's base with more than 50 toppers, such as breakfast cereal, fresh fruit, and cookie crumbles. Flat-screen TVs offer additional entertainment to guests as they lick their spoons, and free WiFi keeps laptop users busy so that other guests can sneak up and lick their spoons.
Lads and lasses of all ages caper about Funtastic Cafe's indoor-merriment metropolis, frolicking throughout 20,000 square feet of games and attractions. Kids can glide down inflatable slides and clamber across cushioned obstacle courses, liberated from the threat of scraped knees or an encounter with an aggressive squirrel. An expansive collection of arcade games exercises young thumb muscles, and a disco, music room, and theater allow pintsize patrons to explore their inner artiste.
The chefs at Mimmo's Pizza Cafe & Catering favor Grande Mozzarella—a tender and buttery Italian cheese that can bake in high-temperature pizza ovens without getting scorched. They shower this magical mozzarella atop thin-crust and Sicilian-style pies before adding on fresh toppings such as eggplant, garlic, and green peppers. The versatile chefs also extend their culinary expertise toward a variety of other traditional Italian dishes, including ravioli, lasagna, and chicken parmigiana. They layer focaccia bread with turkey, ham, and roast beef, along with brie and dabs of spicy mustard.
As chefs slice up pizza pies and hot subs in the kitchen, baristas busy themselves behind the café counter. They whip up espresso beverages with a variety of decadent ingredients, from shaved almonds to sweet chocolate syrup to juicy cherries plucked from the gardens of ancient Roman deities.
A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café brims with happy chatter, which drifts from regular classes, special events, and open playtime seven days a week.
Children frolic across multicolored carpeted floors in a 6,000-square-foot playroom, exploring climbing structures, foam pits, and a floor-level trampoline that is kept safe by rounded edges, extensive padding, and declawed teddy bears. The playground eschews video games, prize games, and violent toys, instead letting older children don animal costumes in the dress-up area, while toddlers younger than 2 romp in their own play pit and toy bins. Cool zephyrs of air conditioning sweep contented sighs away from zebra-print sofas or onyx-hued wooden tables, where adults peruse a gourmet café menu. A boutique toy store extends the center's positive attitude toward play into homes with a slew of unique gifts and rare and eclectic toys.
A private room reverberates with the youthful energy of A Latte Fun Indoor Playground and Café's classes, formal functions, and parties, which staff members provide with refreshments, cake, and decorations. At least two assistants remain on hand at kids’ events to provide full setup, cleanup, and supervision to ward off squabbles that arise when imaginary friends show up wearing the same outfits.
The grill doyens at Commercial Point Cafe have made whipping up classic American eats a tradition of more than 25 years, anchoring plates with fresh ingredients during breakfast and lunch. Their selection of early-morning eats
Classic rolls and house-made focaccia and ciabatta bread embrace Adam's Subs Catering Co.'s 35+ hot and cold sub sandwiches. Hot subs, such as the meatball parm, join signature creations such as the "You Tuna Me On!" and the "Judge's Lunch," whose turkey, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, and vegetables are hand-sliced by a bailiff. The kitchen team also prepares teriyaki- and ranch-slathered burgers and fajitas and quesadillas to complete the sandwich family. Adam's also dishes out hearty breakfast food, such as egg sandwiches, breakfast wraps, pancakes, and Manhattan Gourmet Coffee. Exposed brick and sleek corrugated metal lend an urban edge to the newly renovated dining room, whose cushioned booths and leather chair-circumscribed lounge area, equipped with free wi-fi, add a cozy feel.