From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted every day from freshly milled flour and a mild hallucinogen known only as "love." The bread selection changes each day of the week according to a monthly schedule; previous offerings have included honey whole wheat and Dakota bread (a baked bundle of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and millet). Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of flavors, including cheddar garlic and cinnamon swirl. People who savor sandwiches can enjoy options from Great Harvest's lunchtime offerings, including pepper bleu roast beef or the harvest veggie (sandwiches are $3.95–$7.50). For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars.
Stop in or drive through Cappuccino Cabin's respective portals for a hearty helping of hot or cold caffeination, delicious baked goods, and freshly made treats. A cold frappe latte ($3.27 medium, $3.74 grande) staves off the sweltering swell of summer with optional mocha, ice, and freshly whipped cream, as does the latest menu addition of lemonade ($2.34/$2.80), which Cappucino Cabin's father-son team squeezes fresh before your very eyes like a Fabergé egg being wrung of its valuable, delicious gems. A protein smoothie ($3.97/$4.44) will power up gladiators on lunch break with a mix of whey protein, a choice of fruit, and yogurt. More-traditional eaters can sample a daily assortment of non-liquid foods, including freshly baked muffins ($1.14) and biscotti ($0.94). Otherwise, nestle into a snowy summer's day with a cup of caramel apple cider ($1.87 short, $2.10 medium, $2.57 grande) or a cup of Kenya or Sumatra coffee ($1.17, $1.40, $1.64).
Coffee is not only a delicious way to perk up in the morning but a relaxing mid-afternoon treat, a nostalgic scent, and a conveniently scalding self-defense weapon. It's also an elusive substance with as many varietals as wine. Coffea Roasterie's one-hour crash course in coffee will teach the caffeine curious the basics of the subject, from the life cycle of a coffee bean, where it comes from, how it's roasted, the best ways to brew the essential substance, and the key differences between lattes, cappuccinos, and liquid mercury. Have fun taste testing and participating in hands-on coffee activities, all while absorbing enriching knowledge that you can later lord over sleepy, coffee-deprived friends and census takers.
Dunn Bros Coffee roasts all of its beans on the premises in small-drum roasters to ensure peak freshness and optimum aroma. The coffeehouse's globally sourced beans all hail from sustainable farms far and wide, which its friendly and java-obsessed baristas distill into a comprehensive menu of beverages for customers seeking a jump-start or just a cozy, steamy come-down from a rough day. Relax over a satisfying mug of caramel-mocha latte ($3.45 for 12 ounces), smooth cappuccino ($2.80), or invigorating espresso Italiano ($1.40). Springier palates may opt instead for the cool temperatures of a Chai Tea IceCrema ($3.50) or a blended-fruit smoothie ($3.50).
The blender operators at Juice Stop power bodies and please taste buds with a menu of smoothies and juices made from real fruits and vegetables. Blades slice through pineapple bits, blending in sherbet, yogurt, and coconut to create the Double Dribble smoothie, and the 4x8 smoothie combines skim milk, yogurt, honey, peanut butter, and bananas for liquid sustenance ($3.44–$4.44). Each thick beverage includes a free nutrient boost such as the daily blend, with 51 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that supplement nutrition, or the intensity blend, with creatine, potassium, and phosphates to power trips to Europe via row boat. Drinkable salads in the form of veggie-combo juices combine carrots with other healthy options such as parsley, apples, and spinach ($3.69–$4.91), and just-crushed oranges tickle tongues with a sweet juicy tang ($3.97–$5.14). Hands grip hot drinks, warming fingers with the Top Shelf—apple and cranberry juice brewed with cloves and cinnamon—or the Alpine Slide, a cascade of mint and hot chocolate pouring over a scoop of vanilla yogurt ($2.80–$2.95).