Saunter into Velvet's world of flavors to savor breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a relaxed, informal dining environment. The venue's menu is made of much-loved entrees such as chicken-fried steak ($10.99), specialty sandwiches that include tuna melts ($8.99) and vegetarian croissants ($9.99), and a complete breakfast club of omelettes, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal (view the three-part morning menu here, here, and here). In accordance with its name, the creamery is also responsible for a delicious caboodle of premium ice creams and sorbets, which are called into existence right before your eyes. Try a dollop of roasted butternut squash, or busy your licker with the restaurant's cult classic, a triple Belgian chocolate flavor infused with D'Art port wine.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 98% fat-free yogurt, which contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The menu touts silky soft serve in flavors such as cake batter and white chocolate mousse ($2.79–$3.99). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, candy bar bits, or a host of other toppings ($0.49–$0.89). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious—contain frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($3.99–$4.99).
The fruit maestros at Juice It Up! concoct a colorful menu of nutritious, blended-to-order smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices, and more. Slow-motion mornings can get a kick-start with one of 18 original smoothies, such as the lava flow, a fusion of exotic juices, nonfat yogurt, banana, strawberries, pineapple, and coconut ($5.45). Protect innards against aging with the antioxidant-rich fists of an açaí bowl ($5.50), or eschew saccharine sustenance with something from the Delightful Blends list, featuring sips made with no-sugar-added yogurt ($5.45) and naturally carb-free delight. Mopey mouths perk up with a swig of applemint juice ($4.95) or shot of wheatgrass ($2.95 for 2-oz.), and heretofore-neglected teeth can dig into hearty pretzels ($2.50).
Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.39) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—a chocolate and Swiss chocolate blend, brimming with pieces of chocolate ganache cake and chocolate chunks. The ice alchemists at Baskin-Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes ($3.99–$5.99).
Loard’s Ice Cream beguiles ice cream connoisseurs with more than 40 flavors of cold culinary comfort. Experience the tastes of fall without sautéing leaf piles by slurping up regular-sized scoops of pumpkin or maple-walnut ice cream crafted with cream from local suppliers ($2.50 each). Popular concoctions such as cookie-dough, bubble-gum, and ube-taro-root ice cream color tongues’ opinions on nothing-but-dessert diets, swaying them to beg for milkshakes for breakfast ($3.85), double scoops for lunch ($3.85), and kids’-sized scoops for post-cardio workouts ($1.90). The punch cards unlock further treasures of Loard’s loaded menu, including ice-cream-free italian sodas, shaved ices, and freshly made cookies.
At YogoMania, you can skip the middleman and head straight toward self-serve stations to load up on refreshing frozen yogurt. Its Stolting machines swirl 12 featured flavors into cups, cones, and waffle bowls. Flavors change frequently, but on a typical day you can mix up classic flavors such as vanilla bean with exotic café-inspired treats such as cocoa'ccino and milk-chocolate mocha. Or instead, they offer smoothies in flavors such as strawberry and orange-tangerine, which draw their sweetness from real fruit. The smoothies also are free of dairy products, lactose, and gluten. To add an energizing crunch to your treats, add toppings such as graham crackers, Kit-Kats, or toasted almonds, or feel free to bring ice cubes from home.