Tom Carvel personified the American dream. Born in Greece in 1906 as Athanassios Karvelas, he began dishing out ice cream from a beat-up vending truck that, in 1934, suffered a flat tire in Hartsdale, New York. Two years later—in the same spot where his truck broke down and took up bird watching—Carvel opened his first roadside ice-cream stand, which the company stakes as the first retail ice-cream franchise to ever swirl onto the American marketplace. Today, Carvel’s creamy products serve up sweet reprieve from 500 stores and more than 8,000 supermarkets across the nation. Daily-made ice creams continue to headline a menu that now includes sundaes, shakes, and novelty items such as the Flying Saucer and the Banana Barge. Ice-cream cakes layered with chocolate crunchies have also evolved into one of Carvel’s calling cards, and, like piñatas that stock their wardrobes with an assortment of fake mustaches, are customizable to specific celebrations, including birthdays and holidays.
A dollop of Irish Mint on a cornstarch spoon. Scoops of Caramel Oreo nestled within a biodegradable bowl. A drop of Luscious Lychee gently wiped away by a recyclable napkin. Go Greenly expertly combines two things that may seem like total opposites: mouthwatering indulgence and responsible conduct. But while the flavors might seem guilt-inducing, the fat-free recipe and made-fresh-daily status of the more than 20 frozen yogurts won't weigh down the conscience or the waistline.
Although the menu features classic favorites, such as french vanilla and red velvet, it also ventures into exotic realms. The signature flavor, Taro, for instance, comes from a tropical vegetable and imbues the creamy yogurt with a distinctly sweet-and-tart taste.
FrozenPeaks Frozen Yogurt serves as many as 24 flavors such as lemon, watermelon, coconut, and chocolate. Patrons can gussy up frosty swirls with fresh fruit, candy, nuts, and other toppings, or opt for a fresh, handcrafted frozen yogurt pops dipped in rich coatings and rolled in toppings. Nondairy options are available as well.
For more than 25 years, Sarah Zadoroznyj's home-baked treats were the talk of the town. Those lucky enough to sample her cookies and cakes at her daughter Rebecca's bake sales and school functions insisted that her desserts were the best and they urged the skilled baker to start her own shop. So she and Rebecca did just that.
At Z-Licious, the duo uses fresh ingredients and preservative-free recipes to keep their customers coming back for favorites such as biscotti and cupcakes. Flavorful, well-crafted eats are the specialty here: "You don?t need a $3 cookie bigger than your hand that?s usually not even fully baked," mom and daughter explain, which is why their ovens produce goodies that prize quality and affordability over size alone. Sarah and Rebecca also see their business as an opportunity to help the planet, using eco-friendly packaging materials and offering discounts on coffee when customers bring in their own mugs.
Part bakery, part deli, and part diner, Bagel Brunch keeps visitors fed all day long. Staffers hand-roll and cook fresh bagel batches every day, filling the displays with as many as 22 different varieties?such as blueberry, garlic, and marble rye?which can be coated with spreads including peanut butter, walnut, honey, and raisin cream cheese.?
Bagel Brunch's breakfast offerings also include everything from pancakes to omelets made using farm-fresh eggs. And there is also fresh, hand-rolled bagels, tuna, chicken, or tuna salad sandwiches, burgers, cheesesteaks, wraps, paninis, and more made to order.
Although Bagel Brunch features a handful of tables, guests can choose to take their meals to go and enjoy them at home or in the dining-room section of the nearest furniture store.