Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
An open-flame hearth is at the heart of Cosi's kitchen space, giving sandwiches and pizzas their toasty crunch. But there's a lot more to the menu than what happens under the flame. The T.B.M. sandwich piles tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella inside warm flatbread and the tandoori chicken sandwich brightens up grilled chicken breast with red peppers. Even salads are hearty meals here, with choices such as the cobb mixing greens with grilled chicken breast, bacon, and gorgonzola in a sherry-shallot vinaigrette. The crown on top of any meal here is undoubtedly the s'mores, in which two to four diners roast their own marshmallows over a tabletop fire pit, then sandwich the sugar cloud with chocolate and graham crackers before dragging their sleeping bags into the kitchen for a night's rest.
Naticakes is in the business of making life a bit sweeter. They do so by supplying customers with frozen yogurt and cupcakes in more than 30 flavors, including lemon-merengue cupcakes with toasted frosting, and rich devil's food cake with caramel buttercream frosting, sea salt, and dark-chocolate curls. Patrons also can opt for bite-size cupcakes or specialty cakes to share. Crafting delectable desserts isn't the only way Naticakes sweetens things up; the company also donates 10% of profits to support the Natalie Wynn Carter Foundation, an organization committed to improving the lives of children throughout the world.
Caramanda's skilled bakers can whip up freshly baked cupcakes in maple pecan and caramel banana cream or sumptuous butterscotch and peanut butter chunk cookies for carryout. The bakery also employs skilled 3D cake-makers, who can morph fondant into a dragon for a birthday, or create a pair of wearable cake gloves for an upcoming boxing match.
Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
Great Harvest’s breads, which are baked with premium whole wheat, come in many flavors that change daily. Customers can nuzzle with a delicately sweet loaf of honey whole wheat any day Monday–Saturday, or make playful puckering faces at the artisan European sourdough any day Tuesday–Saturday. Win over a paperclip-stealing office mate by picking up a soft bundle of cinnamon chip bread to share before work on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. On most days of the week, gluten-free loaves are also available. For those preferring breaded delights that are easily juggled, ogle a variety of muffins, scones, and tea cakes. Creative connoisseurs can stop by the Palomar location to top their choice of bread with premium sandwich meats and veggies ($3.60–$4.90 for a half sandwich, $6.40–$7.95 for a whole).