October 4, 1957, wasn't just the start of Rebecca Pickren Thomson's life; it was also the day that Sputnik I was launched into space. Since that day, the two have been intertwined, with Rebecca collecting any Sputnik paraphernalia she could find. So it's no wonder that when she opened her frozen yogurt shop, she chose to name it and design it after her pet obsession. At Sputnik's Yogurt, her collection of Sputnik mugs, models, and posters create a retro yet futuristic '50s vibe for clients creating their own custom frozen yogurt treats.
While the flavors of frozen yogurt change daily, the store always features a range of sweet and tart yogurt and non-dairy sorbet options, such as the tart California lemon to the chocolatey candy bar smash. Customers can outfit their chosen fro-yo with more than 40 toppings, which includes healthy options such as nuts and fruit, as well as more decadent candy, hot fudge, and marshmallow topping.
At The Juice Box, LLC., delicious and nutritious cross paths as servers dish out smoothies packed with fresh, local, organic fruits and vegetables. Wholesome snacks made in house enhance the health-conscious experience, as do postworkout creations such as protein shakes, energy bars, and invigorating shots. Instead of relying on a magic 8 ball to make well-balanced decisions, visitors can tap into the knowledge of The Juice Box staff for advice on nourishing benefits and how to make beneficial lifestyle choices.
Alcove's menu offers homemade baked goods such as biscotti, muffins, scones, cookies, and cakes, as well as more-savory options. Try a signature sandwich such as a prosciutto and goat-cheese panini with red peppers on ciabatta ($6.95), a chicken-salad sandwich on multigrain ($7.25), an albacore-tuna sandwich ($7.25), or a fresh mozzarella, sundried tomato, and pesto panini on focaccia ($6.25). Alcove also offers soup ($3.25–$4.25), salads ($4.95–$6.95), and snacks such as the hummus plate ($6.95) or the cheese plate ($7.95), served with fruit, nuts, and breads. There are also many healthy and vegan options on the menu. You may purchase an unlimited number of Groupons, and there's no limit to the number of Groupons used per order.
Ebonie Hughes has had an affinity for baking since she was a child, making cakes in her Easy Bake Oven and longing to help make cakes at her mother's bakery. After years of honing her talent decorating and baking cakes—even doing it to earn extra income while in college, instead of selling lesson plans to unprepared teachers like the other students—she decided to open her own business, Scrumptious Cakery.
Using recipes perfected over generations, Ebonie creates cakes in a variety of flavors, including red velvet, key lime, and classic butter swirled with chocolate. She then swirls buttercream-cream-based icings on top of the sweets. Her classic butter cake with vanilla buttercream icing is the cakery's most popular pick.
Craft a rope made of straws and climb the food pyramid with Planet Smoothie's menu as a trusty, yet tasty Sherpa. Thirst quenchers are grouped according to blasts, which range from the protein-rich workout blast to the vitamin-C-loaded immunity blast. For post-gym Planet Smoothie consumption, wrap your muscled eyebrows around a Big Bang, loaded with strawberries, bananas, vanilla, and your choice of protein or workout blast. If you catch a tickle in your throat, breeze through an anti-sick sampling of the Screamsicle, a pineapple-peach concoction with orange juice, yogurt, orange sherbet, and 230 percent of your daily vitamin C. To simultaneously support breast-cancer research and taste buds, sip on the Pink Promise smoothie, a blend high in antioxidants. Smoothies range in size from the after-jog-appropriate 22-ounce ($4.49) to the meal-substituting 44-ounce large ($6.55), and all drinks may be customized or supplemented upon request (try a Merlin's Mix—a protein-packed powder that turns your smoothie into a meal replacement, $2.99 additional). Planet Smoothie uses Pro-Yo, a frozen yogurt that is naturally fat free, low calorie, a friend to the digestive system, and sweetened with Stevia. The Vinings and Midtown locations also offer wheatgrass shots ($1.75–$3.25 for a 1- to 2-ounce shot).
Cafe at Pharr has been serving a menu of fresh, delicious, healthy cafe fare since the early 90s, and, despite its steady ascent toward universal acclaim, remains committed to meeting individual customers’ discerning edible druthers. The freshness of the teriyaki chicken sandwich ($7.50) or salad plate ($9) explodes on diners' tongues. Cafe at Pharr's celebrated walnut chicken-salad sandwich ($7.50) or salad plate ($9) is a walnut and golden raisin-dotted dish, while the vegetarian sandwich ($7.50) mingles avocado, swiss and american cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard. Rice plates like the curry chicken ($9), served with white rice and bread, wage subtle yet effective war on standard sandwich shop fare. Coffee is available for body warming when the entire state cools in the afternoon, after unleashing a giant, statewide umbrella.