The dessert devotees at Big Scoops Creamery titillate taste buds with an extensive selection of gourmet house-made ice cream, made-from-scratch waffle cones, and ice-cream cakes and pies. The sweet shop’s 40+ ice-cream flavors—including peanut butter banana, brownie batter, and orange cream—are crafted fresh daily from high-quality ingredients, and, like a boring salad, can easily be coated with Swedish Fish, Junior Mints, or apple-pie filling. Big Scoops also caters events via its mobile sundae bar, adding sweetness to birthday parties, anniversary parties, or flash-mob reunions.
For Lovee's Cakes owner Debbie Glanton, desserts aren't just about cakes. Though she can craft nine flavors of cake with three styles of fillings into a range of themed shapes, her specialty is in smaller desserts. She crafts 46 flavors of cupcake, which come in unique varieties such as peppermint red velvet, vanilla lemon curd, and maple bacon. Alongside these, she crafts treats that toe the line between sweet and salty, such as her potato-chip cookies and chocolate-covered bacon strips.
5 Buck Pizza’s family of cooks doesn’t believe in limiting a pizza’s potential, which is why they sprinkle each freshly baked pie with an unlimited number of free toppings. Since 1987, the chain has assembled a menu of specialty pizzas from wholesome ingredients—including lean meats, fresh veggies, and a three-cheese blend—and gluten-free or regular crust, kneaded from scratch on the premises. The eatery also crafts dessert pies and delivers hot and melty pizza grams to celebrate memorable occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or the completion of a 50,000-piece puzzle.
With its bounteous menu, outdoor seating, and modern, Asian-influenced ambience, GuoSu Asian Bistro is a prime satiation destination for kung-pao kings and fortune-cookie fiends. Begin your palate-pleasing session with fried prawns ($6.95) or veggie-friendly lettuce wraps ($6.95) before moving on to the signature beef, chicken, or shrimp lo-mein ($7.95). An order of sautéed lemon scallops with fresh vegetables keeps meals light and airy ($11.95), while the spicy vegetarian ma po tofu packs a taste kick for herbivores and herbivoyeurs alike ($7.95). Dinner diners can slather gooey gravy syrup over four meaty pancakes of mu shu pork while discussing the finer points of dice-loading ($8.95), and midday munchers can take advantage of lunch specials such as mongolian beef ($5.75) or spicy kung pao shrimp ($6.50). Or enter the culinary Thunderdome with the Go Su for Two, a four-course, seven-dish meal that will vanquish a pair of vapid appetites with a chokehold of choice meats, soups, appetizers, and desserts ($26.95).
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soymilk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Southwestern flavors—spicy ones, namely—marry traditional Mexican dishes on the menu at Bandidos Border Grill. Fresh jalapenos jolt the carne asada, grilled peppers accompany the fajitas, and the eatery's signature salsa tops burritos so large that local farmers have stood them up and used them as structurally unsound silos. But when it comes to structural integrity, the restaurant's exposed cobblestone surrounds guests as they sample savory meats rolled inside tortillas—shrimp, barbacoa, and slow-cooked pork to name a few. Visits to Bandidos Border Grill might conclude with traditional Mexican desserts such as flan and ice cream.