Founded in 2000 by college buddies Don McKinney and James Clary, Freckles Frozen Custard crafts its creamy creations using milk and eggs chosen from Midwest farms. Vanilla custard blended with Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans mixes with toppings such as hot fudge, bananas, and Twinkies, while specialty concoctions include the Brown Derby, a fusion of custard, brownie, and fudge intended to be worn atop the head. Elsewhere on the menu, colorful scoops of italian ice adorn cones with fruit flavors, and creamy malts, shakes, and floats fill cups. Festive custard pies and cakes can be customized to celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or the colonization of Atlantis.
As delicious as frozen yogurt is, Mike and Patty D'Onofrio knew that its tastiness, in and of itself, wasn't enough to build an entire restaurant chain from. Until they considered self-service?letting customers choose their flavor and customize it with toppings that range from indulgent candy to fresh fruit. This became the cornerstone of Yolotti Frozen Yogurt.
But they didn't stop there; they also opted for more health-conscious recipes, such as kosher yogurt free of gluten, fat, and added sugar, as well as dairy-free sorbet. The Yolotti yogurt is also infused with six live and active cultures that promote digestive health.
People can marvel over their creations in a cafe spilling over with free WiFi and board games such as Risk and Trivial Pursuit?both of which are traditionally used to determine the outcome of presidential debates in the event of a tie.
Whirring and banging, whirring and banging—these mechanical sounds could come from a factory churning out machine-made pastries by the hundreds. At Kupcakz, though, a slower, more organic chorus fills the air as Doreen Durano blends, chops, and stirs ingredients for small batches of cupcakes by hand. Drawing upon studies in baking and pastry at San Francisco's California Culinary Institute, Doreen works with her team to craft each and every cake from scratch, armed with the items found in gourmet kitchens, such as creamy Plugra butter, much-revered Valrhona chocolate, and booster seats for stout kings. Each creation gets a whimsical name: the Morning Buzz's moniker comes from a base soaked in rich espresso, and the Sooner Than Later hints at a general timeframe for biting into cream-cheese frosting and red-velvet cake.
At All Things Cake, owner Janette Stenstrom and head decorator Tracy Hopkins whip up customized confections to suit any occasion. Cupcakes and party cakes in varying sizes have included a three-tiered wedding cake graced with cascading sugar buttons and pearls and an edible turntable ideal for nightclub DJs on the go. Fledgling confectionery masters can learn to craft their own desserts in themed classes before stocking up on delicious sugar-art supplies from the establishment's cache of fillings, sugar flowers, and high-quality chocolate.
Oliveto Italian Bistro’s Tuscan-inspired menu contains dishes with artisan ingredients and 20 bottles of wine under $25. In the kitchen, chefs move around stock pots with sauce made from scratch and cast-iron skillets with citrus cedar-plank salmon. Pizzas are constructed from artisanal dough that is made in-house daily, and the whole-milk cheese layered onto them is melted during a quick tenure in a brick oven. Out in the dining room, patrons can pair pastas and pan-seared tilapia with wines from California and Italy or cocktails infused with fruity flavors. In addition to eating good food, patrons at Oliveto are also fulfilling a good act: a portion of each sale is donated to the Tulsa Sooner Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Camille Rutkauskas and her husband, David, glanced at the Tulsa mall's food court and its predictable litany of fast-food options. That's when an idea struck?why not open a place that's the antithesis of all of this? With that, the couple opened Camille's Sidewalk Caf?, a place focused on fresh coastal- and Mediterranean-inspired food, fresh baked goods, and fruit smoothies. With a menu highlighted by made-to-order wraps and paninis with ingredients such as brie, herb-garlic tortillas, and pesto mayo, the couple's vision propelled Camille's Sidewalk Caf? to a franchise with locations in nearly 30 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Middle East, and the Banana Republic.