Dragica Grabovac’s love of cooking started at home, first as a child when she would bake dozens upon dozens of holiday cookies, then as an adult when she and her late husband, Bosko, would entertain guests visiting from across Europe and the United States. So it’s no surprise, then, that when she finally followed the suggestion from countless friends and family to open her own restaurant, she was inspired by her background.
At Cafe LuMar (a combination of her children’s names, Lucia and Mario) Dragica’s menu reflects her love of European home-style cooking: sweet and savory crepes, paninis, and dinner entrees such as goulash and lamb shank. Her long love of baking is also on display with her classic homemade cookies.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with non-fat yogurt and sodium-free ice ($3.45 junior, $4.45 regular, $5.45 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, sherbets, soy and whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.45 regular, $6.45 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as pizza or spinach feta ($2.45 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as banana, chocolate chip, pumpkin, and more ($1.99 each).
At Nubi Yogurt, customers decorate blends of self-serve frozen yogurt with seasonal fruit slices and slivers of chopped-up candy. Georgia-peach- or pineapple-flavored yogurt waits for a complimentary showering of kiwi slices and mocha beads, while café-latte yogurt perks up customers with caffeinating chunks of Snickers or Kit-Kat. Most of the shops’ smooth, sinful flavors are fat-free, and are made with live-cultured probiotics that can help improve digestion. Each Nubi location boasts a bright, contemporary atmosphere with wireless internet, satellite radio tunes, and sleek tables polished enough to admire your new fro-yo moustache in.
The chefs at Bun Bun form their beef, chicken, veggie, and pork patties in the American style but cook them with an Asian twist—they mix in Taiwanese seasonings and bathe many in their housemade Bun Bun sauce. Each sandwich, whether nestled between a standard burger bun or a rice bun or tucked inside a pita pocket, comes topped with ingredients such as egg, cheese, and peanut butter. Diners wash down bites with a range of fruit teas, smoothies, and iced milk drinks while the scent of seasoned meat, potatoes, taro balls, and sauces wafts among café tables, bright neon lights, and two white couches flanking a coffee table.