The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 16 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972?the company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012?and now shares its oven-mastery with three other Toledo-area locations as well as one in Ann Arbor, MI.
When walking past the duck pond, giant chess pieces, and chaise longues sprinkled throughout the park area of The Shops at Fallen Timbers, the only thing missing to make it the perfect day is a just-starting-to-melt scoop of ice cream. And since 2008, that need has been filled by Abe’s Daily Scoop. There, the team fills cones, cups, and insulated pockets with generous portions of ice cream available in 32 flavors daily. They specialize in Ashby’s Sterling hand-dipped ice cream, but also dish out low-fat soft-serve ice cream and fruity sorbets. Working with flavors such as amaretto cherry, wild berry granola frozen yogurt, and black raspberry pomegranate sorbet, the staff creates everything from sundaes to floats and twisters with a choice of candy mix-ins. They also offer steamed hot dogs topped with a choice of condiments and paired with chips and sodas as well as the pulled-pork BBQ parfait, which includes a combination of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and barbecue sauce in layered form.
JB?s Sarnie Shoppe?s owners, Gareth and Bruce, helm a bustling kitchen where fresh bread, baked in-house twice daily, embraces a cavalcade of hearty sandwich fillings. Guests can build their own sandwiches, referred to as sarnies, with wholesome ingredients, such as Boar?s Head meats, thick slices of cheese, and housemade roasted-red-pepper spread. The menu ventures beyond the breaded with cobb salads and creamsicle smoothies, and names items using slang from overseas: ?sarnie? (sandwich), ?crisps? (chips), ?biscuits? (cookies), and ?cookies? (biscuits). Outside of the shop, it caters any event that has at least five people capable of chewing.
Blossoming from the original Pennywise, established in 1969, Expresso Car Wash now shoos dirt form begrimed automobiles at six convenient lube-and-detail facilities. Upholding a focus on swift service, mechanics perform quick 10-minute oil changes, towel off 12-minute full details, and scrub cloths on their eight-minute abs. As environmental stewards, the detailing staff carts off all used water to a water-treatment facility and uses fewer chemicals than home washings tend to.
Each vehicle's aesthetic and under-the-hood beauty gets continual boosts with additional services, including air-conditioner and timing-belt repair and transmission flushes. When they are not pampering autos, the Expresso staff lends philanthropic support to nonprofits, including local schools, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and teenage cars saving up for a new driver.
Sugary sculptures of characters such as Yoda, Hello Kitty, and Barbie grace custom cakes at Cherry Tree Bakery and Floral, where confectioners also whip up muffins, scones, and other baked goods from scratch each day. For heartier appetites, they also prepare café fare ranging from oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon or dried cranberries to salads, sandwiches, and soups. Additionally, florists pack a glass display case with flowers fashioned into artful bouquets or trompe l'oeil donuts.
Channeling the rich history and cultural charm of New Orleans' Bourbon Street, Fat Fish Blue treats customers to a potpourri of flavor and fun. The enticing dinner and specialties and desserts menus sport a super-sized satchel's worth of soul-warming sustenance, pre-heating patrons' inner Arethas with appetizers such as fried green tomatoes ($5.99) and swamp bake ($7.99), a cheesy spinach and artichoke dip. Classic Louisiana-style sandwiches range from the fried shrimp po' boy ($9.99) to the country Cajun chicken sandwich ($8.99) with blackening spice, smoky barbecue sauce, jack cheese, and onion crisps. To stay light on your carpet-cutters for an after-dinner dance, opt for some gussied-up fresh greens (starting at $4.99 for a big house salad). Or, to make sure you're safely weighed down in case a balloon salesman hands you all his merchandise, fill your belly to the brim with a serving of mumbo jambalaya ($5.59 for a small, $9.99 for a large) or southern fried chicken ($12.99) with peppercorn gravy, corn bread, mashed potatoes, and fresh veggies.