Bellatorianna's owner and baker, Mary Jo Marsh, makes 17 flavors of gourmet cupcakes. S'mores cupcakes tap into nostalgia for nights spent around an Antarctica campfire, with chocolate cake and tentworthy toppings including chocolate frosting, marshmallow, and graham cracker. Citrusy flavors, including Orange Blossom and Lemon Blossom, top vanilla frosting with their namesakes' zests, and cookies 'n' cream smothers chocolate cake in oreo-infused vanilla frosting. The chocolate-strawberry flavor allows easy enjoyment of the berry without having to bribe the leprechauns that guard most strawberry patches. Inside the cupcakery, festive pink walls evoke the bright peaks of fluffy frostings, hugging speckled café tables, and bright, frosted cupcakes pop through a glass display case. Cupcake charm spills all over the interior, which is decked out with birthday decorations, a crystal chandelier, and a gumball machine that helps teeth practice before biting into a decadent cupcake.
Every day, Orange Leaf’s self-serve fountains dispense fresh batches of nutritious frozen yogurt in more than 60 varieties. In the sprightly lime-green and burnt-orange parlor, customers fill their bowls or bottomless magician hats with flavors ranging from pomegranate to caramel to wedding cake, laying a dulcet foundation for all manner of toppings from the buffet. There, they adorn their creamy treats with fresh fruits, nuts, and syrups. Unlike other ice creameries that try to confuse health-conscious customers by listing nutrition information in arcane units of measurement, such as "a smidge of calories" or "an earful of saturated fat," Orange Leaf prominently displays its yogurt’s impressive low-fat, low-sugar stats.
The seasoned bakers at Tidbits fire-kiss their cakes in small batches each day to ensure freshness and sweeten celebrations with custom confections. Visitors can take a bite of holiday tradition with Tidbits' interpretation of the fruitcake loaf marinated in rum and slathered with a zesty rum glaze. Sugar cookies baked from scratch take on a variety of shapes to commemorate special occasions ($0.75+ each), such as snowmen for the holiday season and rattles symbolizing near misses with poisonous snakes. Signature cupcakes ($2 each) vie for palate popularity with such unique flavors as the snowball––a chocolate cake donning vanilla bean buttercream topped with coconut shavings and an icing snowman. Maximize cake's portability with a bouquet of cake pops ($1.50 each) sprouting eight flavors that include pink lemonade, cookie dough, and chocolate peanut butter ($1.50 each). Some cake pops don icing and candy ensembles in the form of Christmas trees, barnyard animals, and family accountants.
Cranky Hank's slathers taste buds with its menu of pizzas and homespun classics, as well as a lunch buffet for midday diners. Customers can accessorize their own dough disks ($18.95, 16" with two toppings) with a cast of toppings that stars pepperoni, bacon, green pepper, and pineapple. Nosh on an assortment of inspired specialty pizzas ($14.95, 12"), such as the B Cranky with barbecue beef, bacon, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese, or use them as fancy coasters. Cranky Hank's sandwiches enshrine ingredients in homemade bread, presenting venerable amalgamations such as the italian-beef sandwich, which features a customer-dictated combination of green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese, alongside a serving of au jus and fries ($8.75).
The chefs at HuHot Mongolian Grill stand around a giant, round grill, preparing sizzling heaps of stir-fry. Unlike at other restaurants, every serving is different because, instead of the kitchen staff, the customer preps each bowl. The bowls may be brimming with chopped vegetables, seafood, and noodles, or they may be composed entirely of water chestnuts. The spice level of each dish varies based on the eater's preferences; MSG-free sauces range from barbecue to sweet teriyaki to five-alarm Kung Pao Yow! Since HuHot Mongolian Grill is an all-you-can-eat affair, diners get the chance to mix and match different ingredients with each trip to the grill.
A procession of blips and blinks marches through Planet X's arcade room. The noise and neon spills over and accents the facility's surroundings, where guests can zap their least favorite cousins during laser tag, release pent-up road rage in bumper cars, or just stand, flabbergasted by the number of activities available. Though interactive entertainment is its bread and butter, Planet X also features a sports lounge with flat-screen TVs, beer, wine, and views of the kitchen staff tossing pizzas by hand.