Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream churns out just about every ice-cream-based treat you can imagine. Cakes, cones, splits, and sundaes all make use of gourmet ice cream sourced from a maker with more than 50 years of experience. A dizzying array of flavors includes staples such as rocky road and butter pecan alongside more innovate varieties such as spumoni—a mixture of cherry, chocolate, and pistachio—and Blue Moon, a signature flavor with a bright blue color and the ability to attract werewolves from miles away.
Many of the Chilleen family's recipes share some serious history. Their restaurant dynasty dates back to 1962, when "Crazy Ed" Chilleen opened The Copper Lantern. Several eateries and breweries—including The Horny Toad and the Satisfied Frog—followed in the Lantern's wake, and many of the concoctions found on those menus eventually made the transition to Chilleen's on 17.
As they sip cocktails from mason jars, guests chow down on chicken-fried steak, southwestern smoked brisket, St. Louis-style pork ribs, and green chili con carne. Wednesday poker nights allow diners to test their skills at bluffing without spending another long night in a police interrogation room, and live music tempts boots to shuffle across the sawdust-covered floor. Recently, the national spotlight shone on Chilleen's on 17 after it was featured on Spike TV's Bar Rescue.
Zen's Cafe slings a varied menu of fresh, tasty eats to sate appetites of all sizes within a casual neighborhood setting. Dinner and lunch grazers can lavish taste buds with Linda's veggie pasta garnished with an array of garden dwellers desperately trying to dance beneath a hoedown-hindering deluge of marinara ($11.09) or the lightly breaded shrimp in a french-fry-festooned basket ($10.09). Don & Sue's 10-ounce New York strip ($13.09) satisfies beef-centric noshers and bunnies who are unaware of the food chain with char-grilled succulence.
Inside Arizona Yogurt Company's bright dining room, customers carry empty bowls down a line of 12 nozzles, each of which dispenses rich, creamy frozen yogurts. Flavors rotate, ensuring that diners are always meeting new tastes, such as pomegranate raspberry, irish mint, coffee, or new york cheesecake. Gluten-, sugar-, dairy-, and fat-free options accommodate diets based on allergies to wheat, lactose, or food that isn’t hyphenated.
The self-service setup lets customers swirl or blend any flavors they’d like before progressing to a toppings bar, where more than 50 items wait to enhance desserts or siblings’ unguarded back pockets with interesting textures, tastes, and colors. Crumbled chocolate bars, frozen cookie dough, frosted animal crackers, coconut shavings, and jelly beans tempt sweet teeth, and fresh fruits offer a lighter option.
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