Hot Rod Cafe sets time-machine dials to an era of poodle skirts and manly pompadours, fueling nostalgic flights with a massive menu of scratch-made Americana. Set off with an order of spicy Hot Rod wings slowly braised and bathed in a house honey glaze ($8.99–$12.99), or start simply with Piston rings, beer-battered hoops of onion with thousand island and ranch dips ($6.99). With sturdy bindings and lamination, the menu manages to support more than 20 delectable hamburgers, such as the Glove Box burger, a hand-pressed half pound of charbroiled patty dolled up with classic veggie accouterments on a homemade bun ($8.75). For finer bites, the Miss Daisy burger presents a patty smothered in french brie, apple butter, dijon, and spinach, and fitted with french-fry spectacles ($9.95). For dessert, customers can slurp up one of seven tastational milk shakes, from pineapple to huckleberry ($2.99–$3.99).
Dealing primarily in drive-up and delivery service, Renee's Espresso and Delivery's small yet robust storefront dishes out a menagerie of café beverages and breakfast and lunch edibles. Intensely smooth coffees such as seven different mochas complement sultry chai teas and refreshing fruit smoothies. A smattering of bagels and pastries tends to appetites, and breakfast burritos, BLTs, and house clubs satisfy through breakfast time and lunch space, which Einstein’s equations explained in plain terms.
Despite the distance between their shop and the East Coast, the cooks at New York Bagel Cafe & Deli stay true to the Big Apple's famous bagel-making traditions. They make six cream-cheese spreads onsite daily—such as honey almond and scallion bacon—to spice up their water-boiled garlic, french toast, and sun-dried tomato bagels. They believe the bagel's delicious utility stretches beyond just their all-day breakfast and use their gourmet bagels as the base for more than 20 hot and cold sandwiches. Guests are not limited to just these dough rounds, however, and can request to have their sandwich stacked upon a wrap, rye bread, or their outstretched palm.
Spokandy forges old-fashioned confections from gourmet ingredients and unadulterated chocolate. The Murphy—the candy that coincided with Spokandy’s 1913 inception—disguises its creamy vanilla nucleus in a milk-chocolate cloak that’s coated with toasted coconut ($7.50 for a 5 oz. package). Mint fans can replenish their empty reservoirs with white-chocolaty pastel mints, which emanate beams of cool peppermint and Easter-colored rays from within a 6 oz. package ($5.50). Sate your thirst for bon-bons with English almond toffee ($9), huckleberry pretzels ($5.99), pecan-caramel patties ($9), and myriad other sweetmeats. Sugar-free options are available for candyvores who dislike the taste of sugar.
The premium nonfat and low-calorie frozen yogurt at Jamms is freshly prepared daily, with enough innovative toppings available to make infinite intriguing concoctions. Much like old-timey corner candy stores owned by mustachioed oil barons, Jamms charges by the ounce, so self-serving flavor seekers can pile on as much yogurt and toppings as they like. Customers get a choice 10 different flavors of yogurt ($0.40/oz.). Stick to the chocolate classic, or bask in the hot Latin breeze with a swirl of dulce de leche cake batter. With more than 70 toppings as varied as fresh fruit, chocolate-chip cookie dough, mochi, brownie pieces, and carob chips, each completed yogurt canvas emerges as unique as the thumbprint of a recently arrested snowflake.
Top This Frozen Yogurt & Treats democratizes the process of frozen yogurt ordering, affording customers the opportunity to choose toppings and flavor combinations to accent creamy dollops of probiotic, gluten-free, low-fat, or nonfat frozen yogurt. Amidst the vibrant environs, enveloped by walls dotted with glossy red and green spheres, customers may select the receptacle size before heading over to the dispensers where they can collate a myriad of velvety concoctions from 15 daily flavors such as chocolate kisses and alpine vanilla or Flatt and Scruggs. Top This offers a cadre of more than 65 different toppings, which customers can choose to accent frozen yogurt creations or arrange into miniature depictions of the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima. Customers can take their amalgamations to the register where its weight will determine the cost ($0.40 per ounce). Cozy up with newly constructed treats near the fireplace where customers can catch some warming rays or transfigure their handiwork into a creamy soup du jour.
The Copa’s hand-crafted menu explodes with down-home cooking from spaghetti and meatballs in red sauce to macaroni noodles submerged in four golden cheeses and truffle oil. The chefs also dip halibut in a microbrew batter and tempura-batter clusters of avocado, cashews, and pepper jack cheese. Pops of color in the dishes, such as red pepper alfredo slathered onto butternut squash raviolis, reflect the vibrant dining room with orange- and yellow-hued walls, blue tablecloths, and a glow from the fireplace that illuminates people roasting chestnuts from nearby couches.