Tropical Sno is one of the few eateries where you can order a rainbow. A primary-colored mix of pineapple and red and blue raspberry, the "Rainbow" is just one of the shop's many shaved ice flavor combos. Their other combos range from "Candy Apple," a mix of apple and cinnamon, to "Tiger's Blood," a strawberry and coconut cocktail. Clients can also build their own treats with up to three of the 29 available syrups, which range from fruity flavors to birthday cake and coffee. Add-ons are also available such as cream, to make the treat reminiscent of traditional Hawaiian-style shaved ice, and a spill stopper to catch any drips or tiny snowmen trying to jump ship.
The friendly and dedicated baristas at Mugs Coffee Company grind and brew each cup of their organic and fair-trade coffee to the customer's order. Perfect foam mustaches to round out food-based disguises with the traditional cappuccino—6 ounces of Italian-style espresso topped with steamed milk ($2.50), or sweeten up sips with the Con Panna, an espresso adorned with homemade whipped cream ($1.95). A Frappe Freeze hosts a chilly meeting of the minds for espresso, milk, and ice ($3.20+), and Philip's Perfect Chai marries spicy and sweet in a steamy ceremony ($2.95+). Bathe tongues in nostalgia with a glass of real apple cider ($1.95+), or restructure stomach pyramids with the Aztec Mocha, a spicy Mexican delight ($3.15+).
At South Pacific Cafe & Lounge, Polynesian cuisine meets classic pub fare. The bartenders at the eatery's Tiki hut bar craft cocktails like the Jamaican Sunset, a mix of spiced rum, dark rum, OJ and pineapple juice; meanwhile, TVs play the latest sports games instead of live footage of an empty beach cabana.
The restaurant's fusion cuisine features classics like chicken wings that recieve a touch of tropical flavor with sauces like apricot BBQ and ginger chili. Even the pizza gets an island twist--the Spicy Hawaiian pizza comes crowned in Canadian bacon, pineapple, and banana peppers. An array of more traditional steakhouse favorites, like New York strip steak and grilled salmon, round out the menu. And for snack-sized plates, an all-day happy hour menu features smaller portions of bacon-wrapped prawns and cajun-style tots with a side of spicy fondue.
Sugar Mama's Cupcakery satisfies sweet teeth with a roster of gourmet, frosting-topped, bite-sized baked goods that star 8–15 varieties per day. The inventory of diminutive dainties has included flavors such as fruity kiwi strawberry, peanut-butter cup, and vegan and gluten-free vanilla. Caramel filling tucks itself inside the chocolate Oh My Gooey cupcake, while cocoa constituents can cast a vote for The Mayor, its campaign bolstered thanks to baked-in chocolate chips and walnuts, chocolate butter cream, and kisses from local babies.
The local McSteven's factory has churned out calendar-spanning holiday cheer with cocoa, cider, and other gourmet drink mixes for 30 years, earning a feature in the Columbian. Autumn-inspired flavors flood tins of Snoopy's harvest-spice cocoa mix ($7.95), each of which serves six imbibers or an infinite number of cartoon children with a chocolaty sip endorsed by the Peanuts gang. Breathe new life into floundering bashes with Tiki Drinks lime-margarita mix ($5.95) or a college-themed hot chocolate cloaked in colors to match the uniforms of champion football teams ($7.95 each). Caramel-apple cider ($7.95) warms fingers after jumping through piles of leaves or competing in hide-and-seek matches against scarecrows.