Little Scoops looks just like an ice-cream parlor from the ‘50s—if it mistakenly got zapped by a shrink ray. That’s because the shrunken-down shop is designed for kids, giving parents a family-friendly kid-sized space for children's meetups, play-dates, or ice-cream socials. At the U-shaped ice-cream bar, pintsize stools capped with red vinyl beckon kids to sidle up and check out the flavors of Welsh Farms ice cream, soft serve, and shaved ice. A jukebox plays kid-friendly tunes as little ones decorate their scoops with colorful toppings, taking care not to spill their sweets on imaginary friends or the black-and-white checkered floor.
The parlor also hosts children’s post-game meetups, play dates, and parties. Parents can opt for party packages that include pizza and soda; during the festivities, Little Scoops staffers take the lead on setting up, cleaning up, and organizing interactive games.
Cupcakes bring out the child in people, so who better to make those treats than a child? Patrick DeBiase, the owner of Stud Muffins Cupcakes, is just 13 years old. He first started baking at the age of four with the help of his grandmother, who is a classically educated pastry chef. With her help, he creates Stud Muffins’ variety of cookies and cupcakes, which are delivered to doorsteps when customers order them through his online shop or through wishing really hard. In the future, Patrick has big plans to attend culinary school and open a storefront for his business, but for now, he's content serving the community—his business donates 50 cents to the Tourettes Syndrome Association for every dozen cupcakes sold.
Something wicked lurks within the abandoned peach orchard at Depiero's Country Farm. But to discover which petrifying presences lie in wait, intrepid guests must walk through Night-mares Haunted Attraction's unsettlingly named Twisted Maniac Trail. Scares spring from behind every turn, sometimes in the form of special effects, other times in the form of actors donning horrifying getups. At certain points, those scenes may depict intense, blood-soaked frights not recommended for children 10 and under. If the outdoor trail ever gets too freaky, participants of any age can be escorted out quickly by shouting "safety", just like the protagonist does at the anti-climactic conclusion to Friday the 13th.
Since 1977, Park Pizza's kitchen staff has been crafting traditional and gourmet pizzas, which headline a menu of casual Italian cuisine. They arrange toppings on gourmet pizzas in clever combinations, such as the mélange of ziti, ricotta, and mozzarella on the baked-ziti pizza, or the salad pizza with lettuce, carrots, and olives. The Uncle Chuck hero sandwich features barbecue sauce, grilled chicken, mozzarella, french fries, lettuce, and tomatoes—which only leaves out one major food group: chocolate. These pizzas and sandwiches as well as pasta dishes and Italian entrees incorporate all-natural and preservative-free Grande cheese.
Buffalo baked chicken. Pasta carbonara. Chicken noodle soup and mashed potatoes. Fajitas and burritos. These are just a sampling of the huge range of daily hot lunch specials at Maria's Deli, where the food encompasses everything from authentic Mexican, to Italian, to Cajun. Breakfast starts bright and early at 6 a.m. throughout the week, where customers can pair their piping-hot coffee with Mexican and American specialties.
A link of an East Coast chain that's garnered acclaim from publications such as Think and The Boston Globe, Energy Kitchen only slings burgers, wraps, salads, and American dishes with less than 500 calories per serving. Its chefs opt for grilling, baking, and steaming their noshes instead of frying food in heavy oils or tongue-staining oil paints. The menu is backed by a triumvirate of wellness experts: a recipe developer with celiac disease, a nutritionist, and a fitness trainer. Each incorporates their area of expertise into low-fat, high-protein meals comprised of lean free-range beef, whole-wheat buns and wraps, and fat-free dressings that taste just as delectable as high-calorie counterparts or butter sculptures of meatloaf.