Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks Fruit Smoothie and Healthy Eats sends their customers well on their way to consuming their recommended daily intake for fruits vegetables, all through a portable smoothie. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of berry, tropical, and “power” smoothies, the latter of which are named for extra boosts of vitamins A and C, fiber, and protein infused in the drink. Nearly a dozen different supplements lend their revitalizing nutrients to the menu, helping create power smoothies like the metabolism-boosting Venice Burner and the heart-healthy Cardio Cooler. Robeks also offers wraps, salads, and gourmet stuffed pretzels, and oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip “power” cookies. Each Robeks location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
Relish's various menus sweep Southern cuisine into a passionate embrace before injecting it with a loaded syringe of contemporary flair. Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, the charming eatery encourages patrons to savor each bite with unexpected flavor combinations that imbue hearty fare with delicate subtlety. Kick off a dinner feast with pimiento cheese fritters served with pepper jelly ($6.95) before grazing on a Relish salad (with corn, black-eyed peas, red-pepper relish, tomato, cucumber, and grit-ons, $6.95) or forking the succulent bacon-wrapped mountain trout with sweet-potato hash ($16.95). Don't miss the decadent Krispy Kreme bread pudding accompanied with an espresso cream sauce ($6.25) for dessert. Sunday brunch is served buffet style ($16.95 for adults, $7.95 for children 6–10, $3.95 for children 5 and under, and $0.99 for children of the corn). Mix your meal with a refreshing beverage like Relish's signature freshly squeezed cucumber lemonade ($2.99) or one of around 50 varieties of wine.
Begin a flavorfully peripatetic meal by meandering like Odysseus through Veranda's $5 tapas menu and slaying calamari, capsizing xtapodi (citrusy char-grilled octopus), spearing Aegean skewers (scallops, shrimp, salmon, zucchini, and plum tomatoes), mispronouncing kolokithokeftedes (two golden zucchini cakes with feta crème), and heroically defending your tongue against the onslaught of potato croketes (croquettes with melted-cheese centers). A gyro platter ($14.95) or lamb souvlaki ($13.95) keeps traditions hot. Or rewrite classics with a beefy three-skewer plate ($13.95) and a mixed-grill order (lamb and pork chops with a chicken kebab, $23.95). No trip to the Aegean would be complete without an order of baklava ($5), so take the opportunity to bestow your tongue with its Hellenic richness. This Groupon is also valid for Veranda's bountiful lunch buffet.
Family owned and devoutly kid-friendly, Curbside Cafe pleases patrons with an eclectically colorful interior, a welcoming and attentive staff, and high quality eats. Strut up to the counter to place an order, then find a seat inside or out on the book-laden patio. A varied menu of country classics and contemporary fare greets hungry guests with flavorful favorites such as the roasted turkey panini, a warm embrace of turkey breast, applewood bacon, and veggies ($7.99), and the tropically spiced chipotle mango salmon ($11.99), which swims upstream toward watering mouths. Leafy green fanatics will dig the avocado goat-cheese garden salad ($10.99), and culinary enthusiasts 12 and younger can pick from smaller portioned gourmet plates, including chicken alfredo ($4.99), which comes joined at the hip with a small drink and ice cream.