Painted berry pink, tangerine orange, and mint green, even the walls at Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt look good enough to eat. Along a glass-tiled wall, customers pull levers to fill their cups with their choice of sweet or tart yogurt flavors, inspired by fresh fruits or popular desserts. Next, they move to the gleaming-white toppings bar, where silver basins overflow with fruits, candies, and nuts waiting to be sprinkled atop peaks of yogurt so they can slide down them on tiny little skis. There are no rules here, so patrons can come up with their own combinations, whether they top cake-batter yogurt with peanut-butter cups and chocolate sauce or blueberry-açaí-banana yogurt with brownie bites and butterscotch.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
The talented chefs at Grapes & Tomatoes prepare exquisite and complex pizzas, entrees, and nightly specials, pairing them with a selection of 35 wines. Hungering mouths bite into the succulent poached pear pizza ($15), whose eponymous fruit delivers soft flavors and sassy backtalk alongside gorgonzola, prosciutto, caramelized onions, arugula, and walnuts. A salad topped with seared watermelon backed up by a trio of feta cheese, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar ($7) satisfies taste buds, and steamed black mussels ($13) swim in garlic white-wine nectar. As a shiny black piano serenades guests in the dining room, glasses of California wines ($5+) placate palates with whispers of grapes and tales of cowboys who conquered their frontiers.
My Buddies Pizza celebrates 20 years of dishing up the hand-tossed pizzas, calzones, and sandwiches on its extensive menu, served in a family eatery furnished with blinking arcade games. Pepper the cheesy base of an extra-large pie with two toppings, choosing from a veritable cornucopia of fresh ingredients, including chorizo, candied pecans, and refried beans. Iceberg verdures shroud fresh bushels of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and pepperoncinis within large salads, and diners irrigate arid palates with frosty chalices of Coke, Dr. Pepper, or Sprite. Afterward, patrons can admire the eatery’s wall-mounted TVs or take their 20 tokens to the spacious game room in pursuit of My Buddies’ prizes and 8-bit contenders.
Twenty-eight state-of-the-art lanes, a large sports bar, and a huge arcade. At Trevi Bowling Center, families and friends discover plenty of activities to wile away the hours. A great spot for parties, the center also boasts two private bowling rooms and banquet halls.
The team at Raviolis weaves fresh ingredients into a tapestry of upscale Italian eats including specialty stuffed pastas and savory antipasti platters. The chef, Chef Jeff D. Massey, brings expert dedication to the kitchen, having mastered French fusion, modern Southern, and Italian cuisines. Raviolis furnishes a full catering menu for special occasions, and aspiring sous-chefs can garner the kitchen knowledge needed to feed their own parties with Raviolis’s seasonal cooking classes. Framed, vintage-style posters line the dining-room walls, and patrons clink glasses of boutique local wines over white tablecloths and enjoy regular events, such as prix fixe chef specialty meals. The flickering flames of tabletop candles waltz to the beat of live music and entertainment each Saturday night.