One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. With six small servings of frozen yogurt to redeem, sweet-teethed customers can enjoy a several of the rotating flavors, including tastes such as just chocolate, peanut butter, café latte, butterscotch, and boysenberry. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the number of jumping jacks or flying-starfish impersonations needed to offset it.
The expert bakers at Cupcake Chic combine fresh ingredients with pastry mastery to craft fluffy morsels of delectability from scratch, made with neither mixes nor artificial flavors. Like crossword puzzle difficulty and the capital of Maine, the menu‘s offerings vary based on the day of the week. Perennial favorites include silky red velvet, coconut topped with cream-cheese frosting, key-lime pie springing from a graham-cracker crust, and dark chocolate sporting a stylish fudge pompadour ($2.50 for individual cupcakes, $15 for six). Rotating daily specials range from cinnamon sugar with cream-cheese frosting (Tuesdays and Fridays) to carrot ginger flecked with pecans (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Cupcake Chic also serves up seasonal treats, such as lemon cake with strawberry frosting and a campfire-ready s’mores varietal that knows all 34 verses of “Kumbaya.” Gluten-free flavors are available for allergy sufferers.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
A giant owl sculpture guards the front entrance of Roll Up Crepes, a brick façade painted with woodland scenery. Inside, another tree takes up residence in the middle of the dining room, its branches extending across the ceiling. Though containing no twigs or leaves, the menu is as eclectic as the decor, with crepes stuffed with savory and sweet ingredients that include pulled pork in barbecue sauce and berry cheesecake. After a brief stay in a panini press, the rolled-up treats are served with sides of potato chips or ice cream. The staff also carts bite-size crepes to weddings, corporate events, and chain-gang reunions. Roll Up Crepes keeps late hours, staying open until 1 a.m. and hosting open-mic nights and monthly concerts from local artists.
Blenders at The Juice Press constantly whir as smoothie specialists mix scoops of sherbet, splashes of juice, and chunks of fresh fruit to create more than 40 smoothie flavors. The Purple Pineapple Passion smoothie fuses raspberry juice, pineapple sherbet, and blackberries; another specialty, the Tickle-Me-Mango, combines guava juice and orange sherbet with mangos, peaches, strawberries. Savory selections, such as the chicken bacon sandwich or the chicken caesar wrap, complement the menu’s spectrum of drinks, as do fresh-baked cookies and muffins. During the colder months, visitors can stay warm by swapping their smoothies for flavored hot chocolate rather than stocking their parkas with acorns and hibernating inside the nearest tree.
Somewhere deep in the Australian smokehouse's kitchen, the ethereal Wallaby brews up batches of a mystical elixir known as barbecue sauce made from scratch. This tongue-pleasing sauce produces a gravitational pull that attracts patrons toward slow-smoked meats available in small orders (5-ounce meat, one side) and larger orders (7-ounce meat, two sides). Meats include hand-pulled pork ($7.99–$9.99), beef brisket ($8.49–$10.49), and smoked turkey ($8.49–$10.49). Saddle up some sides on that mountain of meat with the popular smashers (potatoes), baked beans, coleslaw, fresh veggies, and more. There are also combo platters for the indecisive or those who want a multi-meat explosion. Wallaby's also serves many salads ($6.99–$9.49), salmon ($12.99), and shrimp on the barbie ($11.99).