Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”
While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.
There's a place in Naperville where the train station resides just down the street from a medieval castle, inhabited by a society of young pirates and princesses. In a nearby oasis, a council of giants confers over bitter potions and sweet nectars until, at their leisure, they scoop up their diminutive wards and carry them off to their home kingdoms. This haven, Cafe N Play, maintains the balance between playtime and parenthood with a vast tract filled with toys and play structures, all adjacent to a WiFi-equipped lounge serving fair-trade coffee, organic drinks, and foodstuffs friendly to any diet. Kids 6 and younger hone their imaginations on wooden trains and a town of intricately detailed buildings. The kid-friendly staff also hosts birthday parties, furnishing private rooms and necessities such as pizza, invites, and utensils.
Featured on the Food Network for a revolutionary sandwich composed of two freshly baked cookies surrounding edible, raw cookie dough, Cookie Dough Creations spares no calorie in whipping up buttery, sugary batters. In 1994, founder and dough aficionado Jim Bewersdorf began selling raw-cookie-filled creations to local restaurants, winning them over with specialties such as the cookie-dough ice-cream pie, which, like a mouth guard crafted from spun sugar, subdues sweet teeth with one use. Eight distinct flavors of all-natural, egg- and preservative-free dough top sundaes, grace shakes, and participate in the gentrification of dilapidated gingerbread communities. Dough devourers can also explore 24 flavors of ice cream in the black-and-white-tiled, dine-in dough haven, which is located near the Riverwalk.
For the past three decades, Naper Nuts & Sweets has been satisfying cravings with its old-fashioned candy shop charm. Known for both its bulk treats and caramel corn, this shop also hawks fudge, gourmet truffles, and salted nuts. Each winter through early spring they tempt customers with Cock Robin English toffee, which is made right in Naperville by the Fredenhagen family. And in 2003, current owner Dominique Martucci started Operation Caramel Corn, a program supporting overseas troops by sending them care packages stuffed with goodies and, of course, caramel corn.
When Forever Yogurt claims that it has “literally trillions of possibilities” for combining frozen-yogurt flavors and toppings, it is literally not kidding. At each location, some 16 flavors and 40 toppings challenge self-serve artists to twirl, sprinkle, and festoon cups of fro-yo to their own taste buds' content. Frozen masterpieces can accommodate preferences for low-fat, nonfat, nondairy, and no-sugar-added diets, as well as daily food-pyramid requirements for fresh blueberries, kiwi, and caramel-turtle cups.
Yogurt Delight makes it possible to taste birthday cake, key limes, and peanut butter all in one cup. Its self-serve machines pump out 16 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt every day, including dairy-free and low- and nonfat options. The fun doesn't stop at the frozen stuff, though. After deciding on flavors, customers can choose from more than 45 toppings to dress up their cups and waffles cones.