32 Degrees A Yogurt Bar houses a topping bar that brims with more than 50 add-ons, inviting sweet-toothed sculptors to create icy masterpieces with seasonal fruits, nuts, sauces, and candies. Each day, yogurt and sorbet chemists churn out at least 14 tongue-tickling flavors ($0.45/oz.) such as snickerdoodle, white-chocolate mousse, cheesecake, new orleans praline, and polyester. Patrons can opt to coat mouths with specialty yogurts in nonfat, low-fat, gluten-free, and no-sugar-added iterations. This cheerful sweets shop's clean, modern interior is speckled with bright blue-and-yellow tiles, bringing to mind sunny summer picnics on the surface of a robin's egg.
As a popular saying goes, “To drink is human; to drink coffee is divine.” Summerbrook Community Church has apparently taken this adage to heart, as the local ministry pours steamy, caffeinated beverages at its own café, Center Point Coffee. Bowlegged stools sidle up to the espresso bar at this friendly meeting place where baristas bustle about under the orange-hued light cast by hanging lamps. At intimate tables, guests can chat over cups of the daily brew or pour specialty espresso drinks down their shirts for a quick pick-me-up.
Aqua-hued walls and potted plants lend Chill 'N' Grill's interior a cheerful ambience, and an outdoor deck, nestled beside a placid fishing pond, offers diners a scenic view. Seated in either area, guests can tuck into comforting, homestyle cuisine: specialties include hand-sculpted half-pound burgers, shrimp and grits, and steak salads with bleu cheese, walnuts, red onion, and eggs. The eatery's cooks also concoct desserts such battered, fried pickled peaches crowned with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The gourmet treats at Häagen-Dazs delight discerning palates with a variety of frozen goodies in indulgent flavors. Made from top-quality ingredients, Haagen-Dazs ice creams and sorbets confidently fill cups and top cones ($3.69–$5.59) or blend into shakes ($6.15) and smoothies ($6.15) in an attempt to lose taste-bud tails. Each Dazzler's three scoops of ice cream settle under whipped-cream peaks, with flavors including Dulce Split, Mint Chip, and Rocky Road ($6.34). Patrons select toppings, sauces, and ice-cream flavors to form customizable sundaes ($4.69–6.59), or deploy straws to taste a Sorbet Sipper ($6.15), which is made of sorbet and then sipped.
The devoted bakers at each Cookies by Design location bury their knuckles in soft dough and sweet frosting to craft top-notch treats for all manner of occasions. Whether customers are prepping for a birthday, a time to give thanks, or beekeeper appreciation day, Cookies by Design will cater to their sentiment-slinging needs by customizing a colorful bouquet or another edible display. Individually decorated cookies start at $7.50 each, and birthday baskets start at $15.99. The NCAA survival kit ($39.99+) makes a perfect gift for a spirited college freshman and offers a singular opportunity to literally eat the opposing team for breakfast. Orders should be placed at least 24 hours in advance so that cookie seeds have ample time to soak up milk and sprout into full-grown desserts.
Dessert refuses to be an afterthought at Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe. More than 30 ice-cream flavors—repeatedly lauded by the Charleston City Paper and Moultrie News—pile atop cones or blend into milk shakes, and classic banana splits make mouths water with their pecans and cherries. The café’s scoops of amaretto cherry or java chunk are generous, living up to the vision of Rod Lapin, who opened the first Ye Ole Fashioned in 1972 with the idea of making customers’ jaws drop at the size of his portions.
Today, at more than half a dozen locations, including one helmed by his daughter Becki and her husband, that hasn’t changed. Ten strips of bacon layer the café’s signature BLTs; chili-laden, all-beef hot dogs weigh down their buns; and the plates are required to start lifting weights regularly before they’re allowed to carry double-decker sandwiches or burgers.
TCBY serves 96%–98% fat-free yogurt that contains benevolent bacterial cultures to assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. Patrons can savor an assortment of silky soft-serve flavors, such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse, served in a cup, in a cone, or at the center of a collection of Russian nesting dolls ($2.89–$3.85). Succulent smoothies, meanwhile, offer a coalesced concoction of real dairy and blended bushels of fruit. Banana splits ($4.99) and sundaes ($4.09–$3.99) deliver old-fashioned ice-cream-parlor delights without the extra calories or forced conscription into a barbershop quartet. Textured toppings such as M&Ms, sprinkles, and chocolate chips ($0.79) add layers of edible nuance to cups, cones, and palates. Conjure sweet spells of creativity via TCBY's specialty menu of layered parfaits ($3.99) or yogurt shakes ($3.65–$4.85).