Eli, a local produce broker, has connected hungry city dwellers with fresh fruits and veggies from his local farm for nearly 20 years. Each week, workers fill boxes with peppers, oranges, herbs, leafy greens, and avocados, all of which are naturally grown and free of waxy preservatives and that car-factory smell. Since all of the seasonal eats found in Eli’s farmers’ market stands and community-supported agriculture parcels come from his local farm, CSA subscribers shrink their carbon footprint by cutting out transport resources required for traditional grocery shipping and distribution.
According to Zagat, the portions of breakfast plates at Broken Yolk Cafe can be "obscene"—although one could also consider them generous. Sometimes, these sizes are even considered a challenge. In 2010, Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman paid the restaurant a visit to tackle its infamous Iron Man Special: a 12-egg omelet, topped with chili and piled onto a 15-inch pizza pan.
Opened in 1979, Broken Yolk has spent decades fine-tuning its southwestern recipes—many enigmatically named for people such as "Betty" and "Tony G". Alongside steaming breakfast burritos and griddled buttermilk pancakes, the menu features nearly 20 omelets stuffed with fresh ingredients such as beef chorizo, avocado, and mushroom sauce. Shredded hash-browns are crafted from fresh potatoes, and the salsa is handmade each day. Until its official closing time at 3 p.m., Broken Yolk also serves sandwiches and half-pound Angus burgers. The local chain's six locations each feature their own private banquet room and secret underground passage to one of the other restaurants.
The helpful staff at Menchie’s grants visitors the sweet-tooth independence to assemble their own glacial delights, streamlining the complicated art of frozen-yogurt consumption into three simple steps: mix, weigh, and pay. Patrons choose from a rotating menu of 14 flavors, such as cake batter, red velvet, chocolate-covered banana, and then bejewel the chilly masterpiece with topping choices such as fresh fruit, candy-bar pieces, fudge and caramel sauces, and Oreos with compound fractures. The regular New York cheesecake yogurts mingle with low-fat, nondairy, and no-sugar-added flavors, adding health-conscious options to the dessert-bar repertoire. Crammed cups or freshly made waffle bowls are weighed ($0.41/oz.), scores are settled, and cheerful taste buds skip off to enjoy frosty spoonfuls. Packed with live and active cultures, each cup or cone acts as a Trojan horse of protein and calcium that can lower cholesterol, boost immune systems, and topple legendary walled empires.
FroYo Love caters to sweet-teethed clientele with a rotating self-selection of 16 self-serve frozen yogurt flavors and 37 toppings. Chilly journeys begin with a mukluk fitting and flavor selection from among the many sweet, tart, low-cal, low-carb, nondairy, and no-sugar-added options. Yogurt-armed guards can then decorate their icy stomach ammunition with an array of toppings, including syrups, fresh fruits, and honey. After works of culinary art are complete, they’re weighed, priced accordingly ($0.34/oz), and lectured on the dangers of sunbathing.
Xtreme Frozen Yogurt hosts extreme-sports-themed decor and a constantly changing menu of florid frozen-yogurt flavors to satisfy a panoply of palates. Perusing the sweetery's rotating menu is like riding a carousel of melty-sugar steeds: flavors can include nonfat red velvet, angel-food cake, carrot cake, and more. Classic nonfat Tart refuses to apologize for its sweetness and nonfat vanilla, chocolate, and pistachio flavors case the place as obsessed fans watch adrenaline-pumping athletics on two flat-screen TVs. Xtreme showcases more than 40 mix-ins, including fresh fruit, candy, and top-of-the-line extras, creating confectionary combinations as infinite as a Mobius strip floating in an intergalactic vacuum. Yogurt and mix-ins cost $0.39 per ounce.
The expansive menu at Vista's Icebox contains more than 30 sandwiches, each assigned to one of four taste-oriented rankings. Beneath the ?really good? status, customers find classics, such as tuna on wheat and egg salad, while the next level up??better sandwiches??offers BLTs and shrimp pitas. The shop?s ?best sandwiches? list includes a club stacked with bacon, turkey, and ham, and at the top lies Vista?s ?finest sandwiches?: Reubens, heros, and BLTs dressed up with avocado and crowned in laurel leaves.
A whiteboard relays the day?s handwritten specials, beneath which reads a list of hearty sides, such as coleslaw, potato salad, and tortellini pesto. The kitchen also churns out daily-made soups, breakfast burritos, egg sandwiches, and frozen yogurt.