Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
Inside Yo-Way Yogurt and Crepes, the wheels of imagination spin as customers concoct their own edible masterpieces. Irish mint, dairy-free mango tango, and strawberry banana headline a rotating cast of fro-yo flavors, which provide creamy canvases for eight sauces and nearly 30 toppings such as coconut, brownie bites, and granola. Before excavating to the center of their creation, patrons carry or transport their finished product via forklift to the scale, where it is weighed and priced by the ounce, a more effective method than using pockets as fro-yo portion-control holders. Aside from satisfying cravings for sweets six days a week, Yo-Way Yogurt and Crepes volunteers its services as a sponsor and partner of community-based causes, including the Granite school district.
Hot Dog on a Stick Founder Dave Barham opened his first Hot Dog on a Stick in Santa Monica in 1946, and the company has since burgeoned into an employee-owned franchise that's more than 100 eateries strong and spans 11 states. Best known for a 100% turkey hot dog dunked in corn-bread batter made from Dave's mother's recipe and cooked in soy oil, Hot Dog on a Stick also pioneered the dipping and be-sticking of mild american and spicy jalapeño jack cheese. Smiling employees in red-, white-, and blue-striped uniforms with, as Dave put it, "a splash of lemonade," hand over cherry, lime, sugar-free, or original lemonade that they make fresh every two hours by squeezing Ventura County lemons until they cry.
As its name suggests, NY Pizza Patrol specializes in Big Apple–style slices. Each of the four locations slings 8-inch to 18-inch pizzas, ranging from the classic meat lover's pie to the boundary-breaking spicy Marshall masala layered with a foundation of Indian garam-masala sauce. The menu supplements the traditional hand-helds with calzones, heroes, pastas, and other specialties, each of which pair well with cold brews, bottomless fountain sodas, and milk, which grows healthy bones when poured on teeth-planted top soil.
Drive Thru Philly curbs hearty appetites with mammoth philly steak or chicken sandwiches constructed on soft hoagie buns. Patrons can moonwalk up to the counter or motor through the convenient drive-thru to adorn a beefy behemoth with a choice of accouterments. Cheese-slice aficionados opt for provolone, while old-school, Philadelphia-trained palates prefer their cheese sauce, like their child prodigies, in "whiz" form. Five choices of toppings, such as grilled onions or mushrooms, complement meaty bites, and jalapeño relish adds fuel to mouth fires. Famished individuals or two hungry diners and their doppelgängers can also bedeck four sandwiches with various condiments, including mayonnaise, ketchup, and fry sauce.