Though he couldn't have known it at the time, Adam Caldwell arranged what arguably could be considered one of the most successful first dates in modern history. He not only ended up marrying his date, Danna, but also had such a memorable time with her in the frozen-yogurt shop that the two of them were eventually inspired to start their own. They opened Menchie's Frozen Yogurt in California in 2007, and within just a few years, found themselves with a family of hundreds of thriving stores sprinkled all around the world.
As the Menchie's brand grew, Adam and Danna kept a simple mission in mind: to make their customers smile. An adorable cast of animated characters is featured throughout the stores, including on the colorful spoons, and customers can have fun creating endless frozen-yogurt combinations. There are almost 150 rotating yogurt flavors, and the selection includes eight versions of vanilla. Of course, there are plenty of toppings as well, displayed in help-yourself bins filled with fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, and candy.
The yogurt is made from fresh milk from a California dairy, and it is free of the artificial growth hormone rSBT. All the yogurt is kosher, and certain flavors accommodate vegan and gluten-free diets.
Beef 'O' Brady's caters to families and sports fans alike with fresh-grilled meals and draft beers served in a casual dining space, featuring walls adorned with sports memorabilia. The menu warms stomachs small and large with a collection of Angus burgers, St. Louis-style ribs, and signature wings in a variety of two dry rubs and 12 sauces. The restaurant's fleet of TVs continually broadcast live sporting events, such as NFL games, and the bar allows guests to cozy up for a pint of draft beer with 25 choices on tap.
• One appetizer (up to an $11.95 value) • Two entrees (up to a $55.90 value) • Two beers (a $13.90 value) New Ashoka Palace's chefs wrangle Punjabi-style cuisine, which fills the restaurant with the warming aromas of northern India's traditional dishes and fresh spices. Embark on eastern journeys with appetizers such as a duo of crispy samosas, which smuggle delicious cargo in crisp dough shells like a baker's luggage. The selection of entrees includes tender tandoori chicken, which gains its warm aura steeping in marinade over hot coals in a traditional clay oven. Lamb vindaloo mingles with potatoes in a spicy gravy, and fresh peas and homemade cheese engage in a square dance conducted against the rollicking piquant notes of the mutter paneer. Cool down palates with bottles of Indian-imported Taj Mahal or Kingfisher beers, which fuel lively conversation and fan letters to Bacchus.
The culinary masterminds at Apollo Restaurant craft juicy beef burgers and Belgian-style fries by hand from fresh ingredients. Every day, chefs grind two cuts of meat together, which intermingle in each patty to form edible masterpieces that resemble flat, cylindrical recreations of Michelangelo's David. Twin grilled-cheese sandwiches take the place of buns in The Mannimal burger, holding caramelized onions, bacon, and a patty in their cheesy embrace. Two patties, cheese slices, and bacon strips reflect a flavorful image unto one another in The Narcissist burger, tickling taste buds while supplying one's stomach with sweet nothings. Bacon, ham, and sausage join a hamburger patty and egg in The Farm burger, and hand-cut kennebec potatoes transform into Belgian-style fries after a golden brown frying and thorough dusting in Italian sea salt. Apollo Restaurant keeps a kitchen stocked full of fresh ingredients, many sourced locally when seasonally possible, leading to a fresh burger experience rivaled only by raising a cow in your kitchen and teaching it to perfectly toast buns.
John's Incredible Pizza Co. graces guests with acres of incandescent entertainment options and a fully stocked buffet ($9.49 value, $1.50 value for drinks). In addition to a slew of soups, salads, pasta, desserts, and traditional pizza choices, the buffet brandishes a bouquet of specialty pizza creations, including spicy peanut-butter, barbecue chicken ranch, and alfredo pizza.
At the five Archibald's Drive-Thru locations, smells of char-broiled meats fill the dining area and the drive-thru lane. Staff prepare American classics, from pastrami reubens to philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and a number of Mexican dishes, including enchiladas and sauce-smothered burritos. Their menu's most popular items, though, are the Monster and Frisco burgers?both featuring beef patties loaded with cheese and other condiments.