As if in homage to simpler times, the menu lettered beautifully on The Ice Box's chalkboard is short and sweet. The main draw here is frozen treats, waffle cones piled high with Marianne's Ice Cream, and sweet popsicles made in-house in flavors such as thai iced tea. Diners construct a squarer meal when they order one of the shop's savory treats, including paninis fresh off the grill and crepes folded around turkey and avocado. Guests can sit outside and admire the retro-style signage; inside, they can lunch next to the 1928 combination stove-ice box and try to get it to tell who was really president back then.
In 1996, in Washington State, taste tied the knot with health as the first Emerald City Smoothie location oversaw a marriage that, today, has grown to 50-plus locations across the United States. There was no exchange of vows, and objections—if any existed—were quickly muted by a chorus of "Mmms," as fresh-fruit smoothies treated sippers to healthy, on-the-go meals. To help patrons navigate its vast selection without a map made of crazy straws, Emerald City Smoothie divides its menu into categories, such as Boost My Immune System, Help Me Lose Weight, and Just for Kids. Past smoothies, nutrition weaves a common thread through each store's additional offerings, including meal alternatives, snacks, and supplements from major brands.
Inside the historical 1880 Southern Pacific Railway station, patrons gather to scoop up fresh food and goods from local farmers and artisans. This is the Wharf Marketplace, a seasonal-food hub that offers everything from local produce and cheese to fresh flowers and seafood. An onsite grab-and-go cafe fills shoppers with meals made using these wares, including eggs benedict in a warm tortilla, turkey pesto and grilled-cheese paninis, and salads topped with veggies.
The Wharf Marketplace often hosts events, too, including Taste It Thursday, which showcases wine from local vineyards, and Java and Jalopies, which shows off old hot rods.
Café Iveta's gourmet bakery slings award-winning scones ($2 each) into Santa Cruz's sustenance receptacles, with scone mixes blended in-house and crafted from artisan flour, organic sugar, Tahitian vanilla, and Belgian chocolate. Sconic scions include apple, blueberry, and raspberry. For those desiring something other than British quick-bread, Café Iveta also offers a menu of other fresh-baked favorites. Reach a truce with your taste buds by partaking of pastries ($1.65–$3.50) or the frittata of the day ($3.50), or launch into the lunch layer of the appetitosphere with sandwiches ($4.95–$5.50), pasta salad ($4.50), or soup du jour ($4.50). Guests can celebrate a valiant victory over victuals by toasting with a warm Lavazza espresso drink ($1.50–$4), a fresh-mulled lemonade ($2.75), or a lime-mint spritzer ($3.50).
Steaming bowls of soup rest atop the tables at Lunch with Tony, inviting diners to dunk corners of sandwiches into their seasoned depths. It’s a perfect illustration of what the eponymous chef calls "approachable" gourmet food. These made-from-scratch soups teem with tempting ingredients, such as the morsels of corn and chicken in the southwest chowder, or the certified Angus beef and genuine sass in the chili. Bowlfuls find flavorful soulmates in hot and cold sandwiches, laden with Italian meats or pan-fried eggplant pressed between focaccia. The eatery also serves breakfast sandwiches and provides catering, recognizing that hunger can strike in any location at any time.
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 soy milk, 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.