Slice into the menu with a cool, cold sandwich (five-inch to two-foot, $3.99–$12.99) such as the veggie sub, with your choice of three cheeses and avocado, the salami-turkey-provolone, or the ham-salami-capicolla-pepperoni-provolone. Load a gastronomic cargo carrier with a combo meal, which includes a 22-ounce fountain drink and chips (add $2.25), or turn on the mouth heat with a stomach-warming griller, such as the 12-inch NY steak and cheese on ciabatta ($7.99) or the 8-inch barbecue pulled pork ($6.29). Any sandwich can also be made into a wrap for those with a fear of cylindrical objects caused by H.G. Wells ($5.59).
Chefs bake toasty loaves of garlic bread and top pizzas with homemade sauce, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and spicy Italian meats behind the baby-blue ordering counter at My Little Mike's Rigatoni Bistro. The restaurant, which is a smaller version of the popular Mike’s Rigatoni Bistro, has dinner combos, too, with enough pizza, wings, and salad to feed a family or the sharks living in your pool. Delivery drivers dispatch anything on the menu within a 3-mile radius.
Rita's hopes to transport diners to the lively, colorful streets of Mexico and south-of-the-border beaches with its authentic Mexican food and Mexican seafood. It serves Mexico City–style street tacos, sea-bass stews, and Sinaloa-inspired seafood cocktails that lack only the breezes and vacationing snowmen that come with visits to the beach. Its staffers pull carts topped with avocados tableside to create guacamole in front of hungry patrons and pour eight different handcrafted margaritas made with freshly squeezed juices and premium tequilas.
Chocolate from Belgium and vanilla from Madagascar?every one of Scooptacular Hand Crafted Ice Cream's flavors is developed and blended in-house from scratch with fresh ingredients such as these. Properietors Nindi and Carissa Wadhwa and their staff of Scoopies crumble chocolate cookies into cookies and cr?me ice cream, scatter rainbow sprinkles and buttercream frosting into birthday cake ice cream, and swirl together caramel, graham cracker crumbs, and chocolate rocks in the Laveen concrete mix. For kids' birthday parties, the celebrant can come in ahead of time to craft their own ice cream flavor with a Scoopies' help, then treat their guests to a tour of the facility, including the room where sugar-fed chickens lay marshmallow eggs.
At Karsh’s Bakery, a knife won’t come near your bread until you order it—point-of-sale slicing keeps loaves as fresh as possible. It’s exactly that sort of dedication to quality that has kept Karsh’s in business for more than 50 years. In fact, since the business opened in the 1960s, not much has changed, at least not when it comes to the friendly service or the kosher baked goods. Locals flock to Karsh's for the rye bread, which comes in several varieties, including seeded, unseeded, and marbled. Behind the counter, staff box kaiser rolls, crescent rolls, and bagels 13 to the dozen, and top party trays with treats such as scones, napoleons, cookies, rugalach, and eclairs. Of course, the bakers always keep a number of fresh-baked, 7", german chocolate, carrot, and raspberry delight cakes on hand for impromptu celebrations and food fights, while custom cakes can be ordered to help mark a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special occasion.
A Shot of Java swiftly grinds, pours, and mixes myriad organic fair-trade coffee drinks designed for palates of all personalities. The café's menu is stocked with flavor-infused coffee drinks, specialty teas, and locally sourced eats and treats. Energize a morning commute with a 16-ounce cup of individually dripped coffee ($1.95), available in a mug or an outstretched cupped hand. A 20-ounce black-and-white mocha tantalizes taste buds with the savory aesthetic of edible, zebra-patterned cream ($4.95), and a range of 16-ounce chai teas ($3.85) present a worthy substitute for bean-excreted refreshments. Recent grads and veteran grandpas can study abroad by sampling a five-ounce cup of Turkish coffee ($2.75) or Vietnamese coffee ($4.50) served iced with condensed milk.