A charming neighborhood eatery, Riverwalk Jazz Café dishes up a menu of homemade soups, sandwiches, and other lunch delicacies. Clientele crowd for bread-meat-bread amalgamations such as the Cab Calloway club with ham, turkey, bacon, and veggies, hugged by white or wheat slices or a croissant, and served with a side ($7.49). The Black & Blue salad sates the famished with shaved Angus roast beef, blue cheese, red onions, tomatoes, walnuts, and croutons ($7.99) and grilled chicken wraps with two sides ($7.99) make stomachs sing and hankerings hush. Teas, coffees, and desserts prove steaming sippables and smile-triggering endorphins pair well with jazzy tunes.
Emack & Bolio’s reinvents classic soda fountain traditions by slinging a selection of gourmet ice cream and hearty hot dogs in a range of innovative forms. Staffers dig scoops into ice-cream tubs filled with flavors such as vanilla-bean speck, creamy chocolate, and mint chocolate chip to outfit cones, smoothies, brownie sandwiches, and dunce caps on undercover missions. Meanwhile, chefs toil at the grill to cook up 12 types of Nathan’s quarter-pound hot dogs and fashion a full menu of salads and sandwiches from old family recipes. Outside, a shaded patio beckons guests to cool off and enjoy the scenery of nearby Sequiota Park.:m]]
South Oaks Pharmacy’s charismatic chemists dispense prescriptions, over-the-counter elixirs, and health-inducing products from their amply stocked apothecary shelves. Customers can soothe chapped lips with a stick of Burt’s Bees lip balm ($1.99) or relieve muscles sore from overly vigorous lip-balm applications with pain-relieving Blue Goo ($10.49). Make an appointment to bust seasonal bugs with an annual flu shot ($30) or keep bodies hale and hearty all year long with vitamins including Centrum, One-A-Day, and Flintstones. Keep bods smelling pleasant with $1 goods such as shampoo and toothpaste or tangibly preserve transient memories using the shop’s Kodak machine, which instantly spits out prints culled from memory sticks, Facebook, or your photographic memory.
Creative customization is key at Yogurtini, where a rotating cast of frozen-yogurt flavors meets a large list of toppings to create personalized self-serve desserts. Each day, frozen-yogurt flavors such as classic tart, cookies and cream, and red velvet are culled from a sprawling list and presented for customer consumption, with vegan and gluten-free options available. After customers fill their chalices or shirt pockets with yogurt, they can amble over to the topping bar, which showcases more than 65 choices including popular candies, cookies, and fruits. Once their dessert is complete, customers can relax in one of several sea-foam-green chairs or transfer their treat into a vacuum-insulated, stainless-steel to-go container.
A muscle car squeals into a parking space by the patio, Cruisin’ USA Frozen Custard’s neon sign reflected in its polished red chrome. At the umbrella-clad tables, families eating hot dogs and couples sharing banana splits pause to admire the ride. Though this scene seems straight out of the 1950s, it’s commonplace on summery Saturday nights in Nixa. Cruisin’ USA Frozen Custard regularly hosts concerts and fills its parking lot with vintage cars, motorcycles, and souped-up hot rods. Customers dropping by can enhance the classic American scene with classic American eats, including sandwiches, malts, custard-based concretes, and deep-fried El Caminos.
A giant waffle cone in the middle of Simply Yo announces either that dessert is imminent or there is a 15-foot-tall child on the loose. The shop's pasteurized, homogenized yogurt is certified kosher and brimming with real dairy containing live and active cultures, which are recognized by the Live Active Frozen Yogurt Association. They aid digestion while tempting palates in 16 rotating, self-serve flavors like Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, White Chocolate Mousse, Dreamy Dark Chocolate, and Cookies N Cream—as well as eight twist combos—that guests can fashion into their own custom fro-yo desserts. At the toppings bar, guests can further customize their yogurt swirls with more than 40 treats, including Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces.
Simply Yo puts out its spread of nonfat, gluten-free, no sugar added and nondairy yogurts in a lounge that is elevated past standard yogurt-shop environs. The interior boasts whimsical room dividers, plush couches, and of course, the giant waffle cone. The staff welcomes guests to check their email with the shop's complimentary WiFi or have a meeting in their private rooms.