The chefs at Finnish Bistro channel Scandinavian culinary traditions to conjure a menu of European-tinged bistro fare. Breakfast is served all day to roust slumbering appetites and give late-rising roosters a false sense of accomplishment. Commence breakfasting with the Finnish Perinteiset breakfast, a platter piled high with smoked salmon lox, pickled herring, salami, and eggs mingled with cucumber, tomato, swiss cheese, and bread. A loaded baked-potato pizza remixes a comfort classic with fresh onions, cheddar cheese, and applewood-smoked bacon resting on a foundation of buttery garlic-mashed-potato set deep into an earthen crust and served with a side of sour cream. Sautéed spinach and grilled seasonal vegetables accompany grilled daily fish specialties, which allow diners to sample the flavors of the Nordic sea without the discomfort of wearing cumbersome diving bells at the dinner table. Evening diners can potably punch-up their meals with a variety of wine and imported European beers, including the cider-like Kataja Olut from Finland. Though not valid with today's Groupon, Finnish Bistro features happy hour specials Monday–Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smoothiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
For 50 years, confectioners at Mel-O-Glaze Bakery have indulged guests with fresh pastries, donuts, and cakes. The second-generation, family-owned bakery prides itself on filling glass cases and human stomachs with a variety of donuts described by KARE-11 reporter Shayne Wells as "life-changing and messy." A thick layer of frosting or sugar coats most treats, elevating the appeal of warm apple fritters, long johns, twists, and cinnamon rolls. Visitors can wash down donut crumbs and flood sprinkle colonies with hot beverages ($2), such as coffee and hot cocoa.