Desserts are far from one-size-fits-all, and Vanilla Blue Frozen Yogurt & Bake Shop carries more than most. Since its opening in November of 2014, the shop has tempted palates with treats of varied tastes and temperatures, from frosting-topped cakes to cherry-topped frozen yogurt. Smoothies manage to appeal to both the sweet tooth and the calorie counter at the same time, while those who don't fancy sugar can opt instead for a soothing cup of tea, a potent cup of coffee, or a healthy but totally boring cup of water.
Despite its name, some of the sweets at Baby Kakes are for adults only. Of the bakery's several dozen flavors of cupcakes, about half are infused with liqueurs to create edible versions of drinks such as tequila sunrise, irish cream, mimosas, and cupcake punch. (They're even topped with cocktail garnishes such as limes, cherries, and strawberries.) Non-alcoholic options are equally creative, pairing mango with coconut and dark chocolate with bacon.
The main attraction at Sub Zero is the house-made frozen yogurt, which comes in eight flavors and the option to mix and match from more than 30 toppings. But that's not the only frosty snack to choose from: there are also 16 flavors of ice cream, including salted caramel and creamcicle, plus handmade milkshakes and smoothies. Best of all, the shop also offers gluten-free flavors and dairy-free sorbet for those with dietary restrictions.
Every day, Rita's serves up fresh, fruitified Italian ice (around $1.89–$2.89) in more than 30 flavors (several are sugar-free), including strawberry, root beer, Swedish Fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and the unearthly RitaBerrious (formerly Mystery Ice). Along with creamy ice, Rita's also sells icy cream. Case in point: Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard (around $2.49–$3.59), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed. Rita's custard involves a different freezing process than ice cream and boasts a higher egg to yolk ratio, for a creamy texture that makes regular ice cream feel like gravel sprinkled with sandpaper shreds. Rita's most popular frozen treat, gelati (around $3.45–$4.39), takes its cue from brunch, twilight, and sporks and blends two great things to create an even greater thing—in this case, the flavorful variety of Italian ice with the smoothitude of frozen custard. Rita's also offers an assortment of specialty Misto shakes ($3.49–$3.99), fat-free soft-serve Slenderitas ($2.49–$3.49), and frozen-coffee Ritaccinos ($4.25), all of which make for a tasty treat as well as a deliciously soothing topical treatment for chicken pox.