Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at its sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24 ounce, low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.29), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry/banana/pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry/strawberry/banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a sandwich ($6.79) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and Jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with your mouth for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit.
At Dégagé Express, Head Chef Joseph Jacobsen uses techniques learned beside Jacques Pépin and Bobby Flay to transform locally sourced meats and produce—most cultivated within 30 miles of the restaurant—into elegant sandwiches and desserts. These ingredients fill the menu, composing seasonal dishes such as the Missy's Fix sandwich, made with housemade corned beef, apple slaw, thousand-island dressing, and local sauerkraut. Sous Chef Skyler Stanton, meanwhile, cooks soups such as the Train Wreck Chili. A testament to the culinary staff's creativity, croutons flavored with bacon fat and cheese top the restaurant's caesar salad, and housemade hot chocolate and locally baked pies from Schmucker's lend a sweet note, like a banker who underwrites loans with chocolate coins.
Dégagé Express calls the historic Commercial Building home. It is rumored that none other than Abraham Lincoln stayed at the building when it doubled as an inn way back in the early 19th century. Today, Dégagé uses the winsome building to host another cornerstone of the American experience: live jazz music.
When walking past the duck pond, giant chess pieces, and chaise longues sprinkled throughout the park area of The Shops at Fallen Timbers, the only thing missing to make it the perfect day is a just-starting-to-melt scoop of ice cream. And since 2008, that need has been filled by Abe’s Daily Scoop. There, the team fills cones, cups, and insulated pockets with generous portions of ice cream available in 32 flavors daily. They specialize in Ashby’s Sterling hand-dipped ice cream, but also dish out low-fat soft-serve ice cream and fruity sorbets. Working with flavors such as amaretto cherry, wild berry granola frozen yogurt, and black raspberry pomegranate sorbet, the staff creates everything from sundaes to floats and twisters with a choice of candy mix-ins. They also offer steamed hot dogs topped with a choice of condiments and paired with chips and sodas as well as the pulled-pork BBQ parfait, which includes a combination of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and barbecue sauce in layered form.
The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 16 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972—the company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012—and now shares its oven-mastery with three other Toledo-area locations as well as one in Ann Arbor, MI.