San Antonio is barely 150 miles from the Mexican border, but Los Cocos Fruteria Y Taqueria makes that distance feel even shorter. The taqueria's menu represents all of the most important food groups: tacos, tortas, taquitos, and, of course, nachos. There's also plenty of seafood options on the menu, the most popular of which may be the shrimp cocktail served with pico de gallo, avocado, and the taqueria's special cocktail sauce.
Taste Crepes & More treats its guests to foldable, flat European-style egg pancakes, wrapped over sweet fillings such as Nutella or dulce de leche, or such savory eats as smoked salmon and cream cheese, ham, or pepperoni. Diners sink their teeth into a sweet, zesty flavors of a traditional crepe suzette, or chow down on a lunch of crepes stuffed with sausage, olives, cheese, and caramelized onion. In addition to dishing out crepes fresh from the griddle, Taste whips up handmade pizzas to order, presses toasty panini sandwiches, and sides its meals with wholesome soups and salads.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop’s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
A host of warm, cinnamon-infused baked goods spring into mouths after crossing the counter at Cinnabon, including the cream-cheese-frosted Classic Roll and its diminutive cousin, the Minibon. Offerings range from bite-sized Center of the Roll morsels to gargantuan Caramel Pecanbons.
Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt's staff prepares self-serve yogurt in a choice of tart or creamy flavors that complement a vast selection of fruit, nut, and candy toppings. The shop encourages democratic principles by allowing each patron to create their own delectable masterpiece without having to smudge self-portraits onto fruit roll-ups. The rotating roster of cold treats has included kiwi, peach, and red velvet, and the probiotic-filled yogurts offer a healthier alternative to traditional ice cream. Tutti Frutti, like an airline, maintains an international presence, only serves peanuts to augment the enjoyment of its primary service, and offers outdoor seating.
What’s Your Flavor curates classic American concession-style treats filling cups with syrupy shaved ice, sprinkle-topped ice cream, and a range of chips smothered in nacho cheese. Like Dr. Jekyll’s online dating profile, the menu features two distinct personalities. One half emphasizes frosty options such as smoothies and banana splits, and the other focuses on hot nachos and plates of spicy Cheetos topped with melted cheese. Alongside these nostalgic treats, the shop also sells a range of grownup salads and sandwiches.