Family-owned and '50s-inspired, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe specializes in self-serve frozen yogurt, custom milkshakes, and customized sundaes. Salted caramel, creamy cheesecake, chilled cubes of fresh pineapple, and whole blueberries and rasberries decorate frozen yogurt, whose flavors include strawberry, chocolate mint, hazelnut, pistachio, and pound cake. Like the color of trees and the fashion of chameleons, these flavors change with the seasons, with eggnog and pumpkin making appearances in the colder months. In addition to sating singular sweet teeth, Nikki's Swirl Shoppe hosts parties for all occasions.
For the last 30 years, the hibachis at Shogun Steakhouse have lightly browned the edges of fresh seafood, steak, and veggies. That's because Shogun specializes in the teppanyaki style of cooking, in which chefs whip up full grilled dinners right in front of diners. In addition to hibachi meals and fresh sushi, the chefs prepare international treats, including Chinese noodle dishes and New York–style cheesecake.
DoubleDave's dough-slingers adorn handmade crusts with house-made sauce and more than 20 topping options that populate a menu of specialty pizzas, stromboli, and stuffed rolls. Every day, at least two batches of fresh dough are hand-tossed into edible frisbees destined to be coated in quality cheeses, delectable meats, or fresh veggies sliced by hand or carved by laser vision. Blaze a new taste trail with custom pizzas ($6.49–$13.99/pizza, depending on size; $1.09–$1.70/topping, depending on size), or bite into specialty pies such as the classic veggie pizza, which welcomes vine-ripened California tomatoes, italian sweet peppers, and other delectables to new homes atop smoked provolone and a honey whole-wheat crust. The buffalo chicken's spicy wing sauce converges with cool ranch dressing alongside mozzarella and chicken strips ($13.99/12", $16.99/15", $19.99/18"). Pepperoni rolls envelop the eponymous meat in dough and smoked provolone, busting through hard-earned gameday appetites or serving as a replacement ball during games of paper football.
Your Way Yogurt features six to eight rotating flavors of low-fat, non-fat, and sugar-free yogurt daily, many of which contain live, active cultures to aid healthy digestion. Lay the foundation for your healthy frozen treat by first filling your bowl with the yogurt varieties of your choice. Continue down the assembly line to adorn your dessert with fun toppings that match your mood, sate your sweet craving, or remind you of your favorite vibrant Warhol print. The bar boasts more than 50 fro-yo accessories, including peanut butter cups, gummy worms, cookies, and hot fudge, which lets patrons experience exhilarating temperature confusion without dipping their toes into a birdbath after walking on sun-scorched asphalt. Concoctions are priced by weight at the counter ($0.44 per ounce).
Serving cupcakes to your guests cuts down on dirty dishes and eliminates the shame of being the first one to cut into the cake. The cupcake selection at Gigi's upgrades handmade sweets to gallery status with swirling farm-fresh creamy butter, well-placed fruit and nut selections, and decadent chocolate sauces that look inviting enough to swim in if they weren't gummie-shark infested. Well-prepared customers can check the daily menu for currently available eats.
Continuing the Italian tradition of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), Pizzeria Venti hand-tosses a handful of oven-baked, circular pies teeming with trans-fat-free toppings. Like a repertory theater, Venti's homespun crust acts as a stage for more than 20 pizza performances. The pillowy crusts are pedestals for varieties such as house-made italian sausage, seasoned with fennel, fresh basil, and herbs ($3.50 for a slice) or chicken vesuvio which touts a roasted breast of chicken, mushrooms, black olives and garlic ($4.75 per slice). Though pizza prevails as Venti's main attraction, the menu is also stocked with baked pastas ($6.50+), salads ($6+), and soups ($3+) to create a culinary lineup that is more well-rounded than a reconstructed Humpty Dumpty.