Bret Pont honed his meat-carving skills for 25 years as a Valley Grocers butcher before buying 50-year-old Hobe Meats, he told the Arizona Republic. Behind the counter, Pont helps customers locate and prepare the ideal meat by elucidating the qualities of strip steaks, rib-eye roasts, and other cuts of USDA Prime and Choice beef. Each option originates from cows that dine exclusively on corn, grass, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. All of the shop's meats are untouched by preservatives, growth hormones, and antibiotics. This policy extends to pork and chicken, which contain neither sodium nitrates nor fillers. When fed the shop's raw, natural pet foods, dogs have been known to teach themselves new tricks.
Recently featured on ABC 15 and in the Phoenix New Times, Fleur de Teas quenches herbal hankerings with more than 160 varieties of its house-branded teas. Fleur De Teas' lineup of libations tower along its walls, tempting tastebuds with flavors such as coconut cream, a premium black tea with warm vanilla and coconut accents ($6.75/50 grams), and Maui Sunrise, a green tea infused with the flavors of mango, sunflowers, rose petals, cornflowers, and apricot ($6.15/50 grams). Fruitphiles can sip on the blueberry cheesecake rooibos tea, blended with blueberry flavor, apple, calendula, and cornflowers ($9.25/50 grams), or douse their faces in Razzbiscus, a calming hibiscus tea with merrily floating raspberries ($4.85/50 grams). Scattered seating throughout the store allows floral-sippers to enjoy the health benefits of tea in the bright, airy shop, far from the stresses of the Gregorian-chant-whistling teapot at home.
Like an edible choose-your-own-adventure book, The Chill lets its visitors make their own decisions from the moment they walk through the door. Guests choose how much to draw from the stainless steel machines,filling their cups with as much creamy frozen yogurt as they like. From there, they take their pick of add-ons from the toppings bar, dappling the swirls with extras such as candies or fresh fruit. And once they've put the finishing touch on their frozen creations, they can either devour it inside at one of the cafe-style tables or take it to the patio to soften in the sun or on the radiator of a parked truck.
Robeks uses the freshest ingredients to craft made-to-order drinks and eats that will make you feel guilt-free about grabbing a quick bite. Join the berry party with berry smoothies such as the Banzai Blueberry, Strawnana Berry, and Cranberry Quest, all of which pulverize fruit together with all-natural juice, non-fat yogurt or sherbet, and ice ($3.49 junior, $4.49 regular, $5.49 large). For more pulchritudinous pulverized pulp, energize your day with power smoothies, including the Cardio Cooler (with a base of passion fruit and mango juice), which blend juices, non-fat yogurt or sherbets, soy or whey protein, and vitamin boosters ($5.29 regular, $6.29 large) into an elixir that that will revitalize even the most workout-withered body. Bites include protein-packed Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels such as tomato parmesan or spinach feta ($2.49 each), and the hair-raising goodness of Lenny & Larry's power muffins or cookies with flavors such as oatmeal raisin, chocolate chip, lemon poppyseed, and more ($1.99 each).
When Food Network producers recruited Urban Cookies for Cupcake Wars, there was one stipulation, according to the Phoenix New Times: co-founder Brady Breese had to do something about his bakery’s name. After all, the reality show pitted cupcakes, not cookies, against each other. So Breese reverted to OllieCake, the original name of his gourmet cupcake business. And as luck (or perhaps more accurately, skill) would have it, OllieCake took home the crown on its episode of Cupcake Wars. At Urban Cookies, Breese, a self-taught baker, invents all the cupcakes himself—coconut, orange blossom (a Cupcake Wars champion), and even brown velvet, which is like red velvet, except it is made without food coloring and won't attract angry bulls. But it was a dark chocolate walnut cookie that first inspired Brady and his wife Shaun to go into business. Brady had baked the so-called “Urban Cookie” for friends and family for many years to wide acclaim. With the cookie recipe as a starting point, and a pantry and fridge filled with mostly organic, local ingredients, the husband and wife team started baking in the kitchen of a local nonprofit, eventually expanding the menu to include muffins, scones, breads, pastries, and full-sized cakes by custom order. But despite their success, Brady and Shaun never forget the role the community played in their shop's early days. And so they frequently give back by supporting various area non-profits, including Kitchen on the Street, which provides meals to needy children.