Fresh milk, fruit purées, and healthy probiotics swim about in the swirls of yogurt that pump from The Great Yogurt Factory’s row of self-serve machines. As soon as guests peel their eyes away from the towering canisters of fruit, nuts, and candy bits—which range from chocolate bars to cheesecake bites—they can choose their preferred flavors from an extensive list of low-fat, nonfat, or sugarless yogurts and sorbets. Among the dozens of rotating flavors, triple chocolate and Italian-style tart join eclectic creations such as eggnog, watermelon sorbet, and peanut butter made the old-fashioned way—with freshly churned peanuts. Yogurt isn’t just a quick snack at the whimsical shop’s two locations, which also host children’s birthday parties and fundraisers.
The bakers at Cupcake Cutie Etc. whip up fresh batches of cupcakes throughout the day, which customers can ornament in an ever-changing selection of icings, fillings, and toppings at the custom cupcake bar. Chocolate, red velvet, and lemon-flavored cupcakes emerge from the pan as fluffy as a cloud fresh from the dryer. The bakers lavish the cakes with choices of seven different icing flavors such as buttercream and caramel, then shake on free sprinkles and let guests choose from up to 31 toppings, including Cinnabon swirls, oreos, and almonds. Cupcakes may also harbor gooey fillings such as cream cheese and strawberries.
In addition to baking cupcakes, sculpted cakes, and tiered wedding cakes, bakers also make cake pops, which free hands to tie intricate sailor’s knots without depriving mouths of sugar. They also rent out their mocha-colored café for parties and special occasions.
Whether they're craving a seasonal pie with fresh fruit filling or a signature cupcake flavor, patrons can rest assured that all of the baked goods at Frost Bake Shop are made locally and from scratch. In addition to working with decorators to conceive a custom cake, customers can also indulge in homemade pies, 10 cupcake flavors, and holiday treats such as pumpkin cake and Halloween cupcakes. Signature strawberry cake also tempts palates while an extensive collection of cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, and pies beg sweet-seekers to find their favorite flavor.
Chef Geroy Rachel honed his skills at L'École culinaire in Memphis before opening Royal Flavors, a food truck specializing in smoky barbecued meats. Inside the mobile kitchen, he wraps bacon around chicken legs, flavors pork riblets with a dry rub, and smokes beef burgers to serve on butter buns with provolone cheese and pickles. Smoked cabbage salad or turnip greens with smoked pork round out meals, and slices of caramel cake or strawberry shortcake provide a sweet finish. Diners can take their food to go or eat beside the food truck, where picnic chairs surround a flat screen television.
Memphis Mojo Cafe takes a creative approach to soul food, with specialties that range from thick-cut fries smothered in housemade chorizo gravy to chicken tenders breaded with Frosted Flakes or Fruity Pebbles. In addition to brainstorming creative recipes, the spot's chefs devote themselves to sourcing high-quality, organic ingredients—take their steak burgers, for example, which are crafted from a blend of ground filet mignon, rib eye, and prime rib and served on freshly baked whole-grain buns.