A family-friendly co-op, Kaleidoscoops cools overheated taste buds with more than 70 flavors of ice cream, along with a host of variations on a similar dairy theme (single $2.39, double $3.99).. Raging chocoholics can indulge in flavors like More Cowbell, chocolate ice cream speckled with chocolate chunks, chewy brownies, and Oreo cookie pieces. Health-conscious connoisseurs, meanwhile, can savor low-fat options like black cherry or peach Depending on the size of their stomach and the scope of their bravery, diners may dive spoon-first into a lactic lagoon dubbed the Kaleidonator: 8 -12 scoops of ice cream rub elbows with brownie and pound cake fingers, waffle crisps, a banana, two of the neighbor's kids swimming laps, four toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries. Kaleidoscoops also freeze-bakes a variety of ice cream cakes for all occasions (priced from $10-$45).
Borrowing its name from the eponymous double-peaked mountain, Maroon Bells whips up its own fresh, premium ice cream, sundaes, shakes, ice-cream cakes, and more. Dairy diners can lick a chilly swirl of ice cream ($1.95–$2.95) in flavors such as Bell's banana pudding, blueberry cheesecake, and rocky road before selecting a free topping to layer the creamy hill with goodies such as gummy bears and M&Ms. Savor every sugary morsel of a sundae ($4.45+), or cool esophageal flare-ups with an espresso-flavored shake ($4.35+) or a Georgia-peach smoothie ($4.35+). A warm cup of premium-roast coffee ($1.45–$3.95) blankets shivering stomach lining, and a take-home quart of Maroon Bells' ice cream ($6.95) can accompany midnight viewings of homecoming cows.
The oven at Alphonso's the Original ejects pies of freshly kneaded dough slathered in scratch-made sauce and gooey Wisconsin cheese. Owners Tim and Corey inherited their century-old recipe as well as a treasure map to a chest of golden pepperoni passed down from the restaurant's namesake, Alphonso. Pies bear loads of juicy Chicago sausages alongside a medley of veggies, sandwiches hug hand-pressed italian sausage, and salads shimmy under a hail of homemade croutons.
Named after the early-morning first shift for crew aboard seafaring vessels, First Watch ensures chefs arrive at work with the rising sun, chopping fresh produce, baking muffins, and mixing french toast batter each day. As guests arrive, perky servers greet them with an entire pot of Sunrise Select coffee, as well as the morning paper and free WiFi. Since 1983, First Watch’s carpe-diem philosophy has spread to more than 100 locations across 13 states, pleasing crowds with thin, sweet crepes and fluffy whipped eggs, hash brown skillets, and enormous multigrain pancakes. Recently placed at the top of a Consumer Reports list of best family restaurants, First Watch takes the customer experience seriously. Chefs focus entirely on crafting nourishing sunrise feasts and midday meals, shunning afterthoughts of steaks and burgers for edible masterpieces of omelets, belgian waffles, homemade biscuits, and wholesome lunch salads and sandwiches.
While Taste of India’s modest mall location may cause some to pass by without a second glance, it belies authentic, flavorful cuisine and courteous service that consistently earn rave reviews from a loyal customer base. The eatery is best known for its lunch buffet, which sustains hungry diners with more than 20 platters of Northern and Southern Indian cuisine separated by a neutral territory of desserts. The full menu offers lamb, chicken, and beef curries, tandoori specials, and refreshing scoops of mango ice cream.
Each night at Tokyo Sushi & Grill Japanese Steakhouse, chefs fire up six hibachi grills and flip shrimp, scallops, and swordfish atop the sizzling iron griddles and directly in front of guests. In addition to the hibachi chefs' flashy knife work, the casual eatery showcases more subtle Japanese culinary traditions. At the sushi bar, experts gingerly roll up fresh seafood, and in the kitchen, chefs swathe shrimp in crispy tempura batter with the same level of care a NASA scientist takes when coating the Space Shuttle’s flameproof resin on the base of his cigar.