Ruby-red and canary-yellow walls, soft lighting, and a flat-screen television create a vibrant atmosphere for Magnolia Grill and Bar's spin on comforting Southern and Cajun dishes. Chefs harness the natural sweetness of fresh fish from the Gulf, lump crabmeat, and jumbo shrimp to craft hearty entrees, which also include soul-soothing classics such as chicken-fried steak smothered in white gravy and slow-roasted pulled pork zestified with hickory sauce. Appetizers of Magnolia bread sprinkled with parmesan cheese or fried green tomatoes paired with shrimp rémoulade jump-start digestive engines, and frosty brews from Abita, Corona, and Heineken irrigate throats without digging a series of ditches that leads to the kitchen sink.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.99) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, non-fat yogurt, $4.49), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.89 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.69 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Cafe Delphi Greek and Lebanese Restaurant's proprietor, Mir Hassan, and expert chefs take taste buds on culinary tours of the cradle of humanity with an extensive menu of delicious Mediterranean delights. Paying homage to the ancient Greek tradition of filling up on breadsticks, appetizers prelude Near Eastern feastings with tantalizing dishes such as the fried-cheese or grilled-eggplant musaka. On main plates, juicy kebabs skewer tender cuts of chicken or beef, and Mediterranean samplers unite cabbage rolls, kibbeh, and a choice of chicken shawarma or gyros with meat tastefully dressed in a cape of grape leaves. In addition to tasty terrestrial meats, tongues swoon over sea specialties and vegetable entrees such as the Delphi’s fish topped with special pasta sauce and served with hummus and rice, or the vegetarian plate, a tasty mélange of hummus, musaka, spinach pie, and feta salad.
Travelers to New Orleans's French Quarter often return home with tales of the local cafés' beignets. These fluffy, fried confections are traditionally dusted with a generous helping of powdered sugar and flanked by a steaming cup of cafe au lait. Using the Big Easy as inspiration, Rue Beignet fries up its own batches of the pillowy treat, drizzling them with such toppings as chocolate, honey, and caramel. Visitors can enjoy their treats at the long, diner-style bar or at intimate tables whilst sipping hot or cold java.
Sisters by marriage and self-proclaimed baking fanatics, Lauren and Lindsey Whittle inject a little flair of Beverly Hills into their southern cupcake enterprise. Each day brings new tastes, as the bakers create cupcakes from a rotating menu of flavors that change throughout the week. They create moist cake miniatures from Swiss chocolate and European butter, available in flavors such as red velvet, mint chocolate chip, and s’mores. The bakers conveniently present their cupcakes in full size or the eponymously named Whittle half size. When she's not hatching schemes for new flavors, sister Lauren Whittle competes as a local beauty queen and looks forward to celebratory baths of cake frosting when she wins.
As a sports-nutrition store and smoothie shop, Sunset Smoothie blends fruit and health boosters into tasty performance drinks. These smoothies suit many kinds of diet and exercise plans by serving up both low-fat and muscle-building treats that come in a variety of sweet flavors. Even the indulgent Cheat Days smoothies use Splenda in lieu of sugar, sweetening flavors including banana split and cookies ‘n’ cream. Lacto-sensitive sippers can indulge in allergen-free soy smoothies blended with ice and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Extras pulled from the supplement side of the store enhance smoothies with Muscle Milk, creatine, and vitamin B-12, resulting in a more fortifying drink than Hulk Hogan’s upper-lip sweat.