Big D's scoops more than 40 varieties of superpremium ice cream, gussies up Nathan's Famous all-beef hot dogs, and dishes out neighborhood hospitality to hungry hoards. Guests to this friendly, family-owned eatery can cool tempers and temperamental taste buds by ascending on cones piled high with chocolate, turtle, and amaretto-cherry scoops ($2.65/single). Or, enjoy the semisolid sweets in their most sippable state with an old-fashioned shake or malt ($4.55–$5.75). A treasure trove of toppings—including white-chocolate syrup, Butterfinger bits, and freshly chopped Oreos ($0.55/each)—await to adorn customizable sundaes ($3.50–$5.50), and a classic banana split ($5.95) can be shared among friends or repurposed as an extremely perishable viking hat.
With nothing but real butter, milk, flour, sugar, eggs, and sheer artistic ability, sisters Kimberly and Kristina and their team keep Faboo Cakes' ovens churning out elaborate and edible art pieces. Their sweet cake sculptures have taken the shape of football mascots, musical instruments, trucks, sci-fi characters, and pets. In addition to crafting whimsical desserts, the bakeshop whips up brownies, cookies, whoopie pies, fresh tarts, and other pastries, as well as marshmallows made by hand or plucked fresh from the tree. Kimberly and Kristina also reveal their secrets in hands-on baking classes.
Ever since Baskin-Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have sauntered across the nation's tongue runways. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as your guide, taste-test as many as you like until you find the flavor that gives your soul a back rub, whether it's a classic flavor such as rocky road single scoop ($2.59) or a seasonal serving of Love Potion #31—white chocolate and raspberry ice cream loaded with raspberry-filled chocolate hearts—and America's Birthday Cake. Otherwise, keep it simple and bury your face within the flavor of the month—Picnic Punch, a sherbet swirl of tantalizing watermelon and green apple flavors in a bright-pink and green twirl. The ice alchemists at Baskin Robbins can also transmute their ice cream and sherbet into drinkable desserts such as floats, freezes, and shakes.
Owned and operated by expert yogurt-purveyers, Sweet CeCe's boasts 75 flavors of frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings for crafting customized treats. Guests begin journeys toward a fully realized dessert ($0.49/oz.) by filling cups to the rim or invisible spire with their choice of frozen-yogurt flavor. Flavors range from classic Hershey's chocolate bar and cupcake batter to the more complex and Chocolate Mac Attack or apple pie à la mode. Guests can then choose to accessorize their yogurts, which are mostly low in fat and high in healthy active cultures, with tasteful toppings such as fresh fruit, candy, nuts, and cookies. After weighing and paying for yogurt cups, guests are free to enjoy their creations or frame them for posterity.
At Wired Coffee Company, guests enjoy plush seating, exposed brick, and a cozy community vibe as they pore over cups of coffee and espresso drinks. Wired’s beans retain their natural oils, which yields a bold flavor and spares the baristas the trouble of coating each bean in oil one by one. In addition to sipping on classic espresso drinks or frozen coffee concoctions, clients can down deli-style sandwiches, pizza, and chips with dip. Coffee abstainers can sip milkshakes, fruit smoothies, or blended chai tea drinks as they surf the web or participate in the café’s weekly writers’ night.