Between its bright-green and blue walls, Mia's Italian Ice has consolidated the freezer and the fondue restaurant. The venue honors its name by prepping 15 flavors of italian ice daily, all of which—with the exceptions of root beer, rainbow, and plain hail chunks—encapsulate fruits in chilly bites. Its signature Mama Mia dessert sandwiches italian ice between two velvety scoops of custard, which also fills cakes and cupcakes. Not everything inside the shop is frigid, however: Oreos, pretzels, gummies, and marshmallows dip into creamy pools of chocolate and caramel fondue.
The cooks at Sammy’s reinvent American diner classics by piling 1/3-pound beef patties with unusual ingredients and blending numerous varieties of pie into gourmet milk shakes. Burger behemoths include Ben's Big Belly Burger, with a meaty base that hides beneath swiss cheese, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, guacamole, teriyaki sauce, and mayonnaise. Other treats include the Hey Nikki You're So Fine grilled-chicken sandwich and the Something About Mary, a black-bean patty caught in a farcical love hexagon of sautéed onions, pepper jack, pico de gallo, avocado, lettuce, and tomato.
In addition to concocting signature pie shakes in flavors such as mint Oreo and four different types of cheesecake, the team at Sammy's blends smoothies, regular shakes and malts, and cupcake shakes in flavors such as spiced carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting. Alongside the reformed diner fare, Sammy's regularly serves up live music events and a hip, relaxed atmosphere.
The team at Sub Zero Ice Cream creates delectable desserts using a flash-freeze process, which minimizes the formation of flavorless ice crystals and preserves the cream’s savory smoothness. Patrons may choose from a menu of more than 30 flavors or compose an original taste by blending any two flavors together. First, choose the cream base, available in premium ice cream, low-fat ice cream, custard, yogurt, soy, rice, or almond, before adding combinations, mix-ins, and specifying texture. The skilled ice wizards then speak the appropriate incantations to flash freeze the mixture with liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance used by NASA to preserve precious moon pies.
Hot and cold desserts mingle inside Yogurt Bliss. Creamy swirls of gelato, fruity sorbet, or self-serve frozen yogurt await to refresh guests on warm days, and each frosty option can be blended into a custom treat with the addition of fruit or candy from the toppings bar. Meanwhile, staff can cook up gourmet waffles topped with extras like strawberries, Nutella, and whipped cream, or mix hot chocolate with creamy frozen yogurt for a twist on the traditional seasonal beverage. Other available treats include smoothies, shakes, and floats, as well as Mrs. Cavanaugh's Custard.
Blenders at The Juice Press constantly whir as smoothie specialists mix scoops of sherbet, splashes of juice, and chunks of fresh fruit to create more than 40 smoothie flavors. The Purple Pineapple Passion smoothie fuses raspberry juice, pineapple sherbet, and blackberries; another specialty, the Tickle-Me-Mango, combines guava juice and orange sherbet with mangos, peaches, strawberries. Savory selections, such as the chicken bacon sandwich or the chicken caesar wrap, complement the menu’s spectrum of drinks, as do fresh-baked cookies and muffins. During the colder months, visitors can stay warm by swapping their smoothies for flavored hot chocolate rather than stocking their parkas with acorns and hibernating inside the nearest tree.
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.