From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast 150 calories or fewer.
Yellow walls dotted with framed abstract art enclose George and Son’s spacious dining room, whose linen-draped tables host neatly folded napkins and plates piled with upscale Asian fare. Chefs draw culinary inspiration from throughout Southeast Asia, flame-cooking Burmese and Thai specialties and spicy original dishes to double date with libations from an extensive wine list. Flat-screen TVs cast a warm glow on the full bar, and friendly waiters traverse the room throughout meals, ensuring that each patron receives attentive service and balloon animals in the shape of fortune cookies.
When Jeff Barnes acquired a health-food store in 1980 called Yogurt and Things, he decided within a year to ditch the "things" and focus on the "yogurt." His goal was to create a healthier, more appealing frozen dessert than what was available at the time, which led to the birth of Golden Spoon in 1983. Barnes strove through the years to perfect the company's promise of being the "ice cream lover's frozen yogurt" by translating various flavors. Eventually, Golden Spoon had compiled a list of more than 50 custom varieties such as pumpkin pie, chocolate malt, and simply tart. The low-calorie frozen treat, a natural source of protein and calcium, also contains probiotics and has been known to combat ice-cream-headache epidemics. All flavors are made with real fruit and milk and are available in nonfat and low-fat options.
Stone and Vine's kitchen crew culls robust flavors and techniques from the traditional sculleries of southern Italy, adorning each classic dish found on the menu with a soupçon of modern flair. A crispy quartet of bruschetta crowned with a selection of savory dates and goat cheese, smoked salmon, or grilled eggplant ($12 for four) forges a toothsome preamble for palates craving the prosciutto panini’s melty mélange of fresh mozzarella, tomato, baby arugula, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil ($10).
Elements Massage fends off unnecessary medical procedures with soothing techniques that trigger the body's natural healing abilities. Clients are paired with therapists who assess their specific aches and health conditions. They then use four levels of pressure and a blend of up to six modalities, such as deep-tissue, Swedish massage, and finger ballet, to create a customized massage. Their soothing kneads combat pain, loosen tight limbs, and disperse oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
At more than 2,600 stores in more than 30 countries, Dunkin' Donuts serves coffee and iced beverages, fresh-baked donuts and desserts, and savory breakfast sandwiches. Since Bill Rosenberg opened the first location in Quincy, MA, in 1950, the donut shop has blossomed into a one-stop coffee and breakfast restaurant familiar to millions of morning rushers and afternoon sippers.
Behind the counter of each location, glazed french crullers twist and curve like Parisian city streets, and Bavarian Kreme donuts are filled with a sweet, golden custard. A cavalcade of meats is available for piling onto breakfast sandwiches, such as sausage, cherrywood-smoked bacon, or ham enveloped with fluffy eggs and melty cheese between a choice of crisp crusts. Health-conscious risers can fuel strenuous bouts of lifting cars in the drive-thru line with a Wake-Up wrap, which offers options such as egg whites with turkey sausage or veggies that add up to as few as 150 calories. Both sweet and savory selections pair well with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a creamy, frozen Coolatta drink.
Though commuters can snag a quick pick-me-up within minutes, the wafting aromas of baking confections invite patrons to sit inside and embark on nostalgic reminiscences of syrup-coated playground slides. Beyond the bakery walls, the company aims for social responsibility with its support of community volunteer efforts and use of 100% fair-trade-certified espresso beans.