Frozen yogurt not only tastes good; it's also good for you. Each of Fiji Yogurt's 100 flavors can be consumed guilt free, even if they're not one of the sugar-free, fat-free, dairy-free varieties. Besides classics such as pistachio, vanilla, and chocolate, far-out flavors are inspired by dessert with varieties such as blueberry cheesecake and white chocolate mousse. Once patrons fill their cups at the red yogurt station, they move to the green countertop to choose toppings. Peaks of yogurt can be crowned with candy, cookies, nuts, and fruit, as well as chunks of cookie dough and cheesecake. Customers enjoy their cups while perched on chairs that match the counter or the candy-apple-red leather sofas that match the maraschino cherry bush growing out front.
San Diego locals Rick and Tiffany Trevino started Indigo Café in 2000 as a way to marry their two passions: Californian cuisine and the blues. Between blue walls covered in photos of blues and jazz musicians, they create their own mix of Cali-Cajun dishes such as bubba blue jambalaya and Cajun pesto pasta with Andouille sausage. Even their sandwiches bounce back and forth between Cajun and Californian flavors: shrimp po’ boys rest side by side with portabella mushroom sandwiches. Besides breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Indigo Café also cooks up catered meals and weekend brunch.
To create a Mad Dog, cooks take a house-baked baguette bun and tuck one of 10 gourmet sausages inside, choosing from varieties including traditional english bangers, spicy spanish chorizo, and vegetarian-friendly italian soy sausage. Patrons can then smother their choice in sauces ranging from ketchup to curry to the house’s signature Mad sauce. Mad Dogs Café also offers Extreme Mad Dogs, created from couture game such as ostrich, alligator, and wandering decks of Uno cards.
Yogurt on the Rocks offers almost 30 frozen, premium yogurt flavors with 36 toppings, eight fresh fruits, and 10 dessert sauces in a modern, loungey atmosphere. Your final masterpiece will be weighed at $.38/oz. to determine the final price, much like an extra-delicious tincture from an old-timey apothecary. Pick up a small, medium, or large cup and self-serve your mouth with a vast panoply of flavors such as acai berry, confetti cake, mango sorbet, pumpkin, peanut butter, and more. The yogurt itself also contains probiotic live cultures, so after eating, feel free to accept the homemade thank-you card from your stomach and post it on the fridge of a surprised family of strangers.
Aria Kabob Cafe captures authentic Afghan flavors with a menu of skewered halal meats soaked in fresh spice marinade. Woven patterns from Afghan rugs stretch across the walls as diners dive into a tapestry of flavors in an appetizer such as the medley of turnovers stuffed with potatoes, chives, and special seasoning in the bolani mix, or the Afghan nachos crowned with chili, cheese, beans, and jalapeños. The kebab entree pierces cubes of meat such as broiled lamb and char-grilled ground beef, and arrives at tables with an entourage of rice, salad, and bread. Lunch specials include the plate of lamb shank served with white or brown rice, spinach, and bread, providing ample midday fuel for an evening of howling at the moon. Sips of an espresso, latte, or cappuccino from the café reenergize nosh-weary mouths, and smoothies deliver fresh glasses of strawberry banana, banana, apple, or orange flavors.
One of the original pioneers of the yogurt industry, Golden Spoon has been whirling yogurt since the early 1980s. With six small servings of frozen yogurt to redeem, sweet-teethed customers can enjoy a several of the rotating flavors, including tastes such as just chocolate, peanut butter, café latte, butterscotch, and boysenberry. At 25–29 calories an ounce, health-conscious consumers can enjoy licks without translating each tongueful into the number of jumping jacks or flying-starfish impersonations needed to offset it.