Fresh Healthy Café serves up quick, healthy alternatives to fast food, including fruit smoothies, veggie-loaded wraps, and paninis. Asian chicken wraps blend mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, and crispy noodles, and portobello paninis meld mozzarella and red onions with balsamic vinaigrette. A roster of 15 smoothies includes the True Blue: pomegranate-blueberry juice with nonfat frozen yogurt, blueberries, and bananas. Beyond their dedication to keeping people healthy, Fresh Healthy Café keeps the planet in shape with biodegradable cups and packaging materials made of corn.
For more than 60 years, Zeno's Boardwalk Street Shop has concocted sweet treats at its boardwalk shop, including handcrafted taffy, more than two dozen types of fudge, and a whimsical assortment of candy. Zeno's confectionary connoisseurs employ a special whipping technique to fashion light, smooth, and obedient taffy in tongue-awakening flavors such as candy apple, banana split, double-fudge brownie, and guava ($7.49–$8.99 for 1 lb. bag, contains 65–70 pieces of taffy). Sucrose seekers who are waffling between flavors can opt for the melt-in-your-mouth Try 'em All bag, which houses a minimum of 80 diverse tenants in a kaleidoscopic dwelling ($10.99). Zeno's taffy tycoons can also dip the soft treat into pools of dark chocolate for its taffy truffles ($4.99 for four pieces).
The bakers at Heavenly Cheesecakes & Chocolates make sweet days sweeter by whipping up custom treats suited to any special occasion. Their wedding cakes are both beautiful and delicious, which earned the bakery a spot among the top 25 in America, according to one issue of InStyle Weddings. The shop garners the most renown for its cheesecakes, however, which blend dairy, sugar, and fruit to create flavors such as georgia peach, pumpkin, and chocolate marble.
The newly opened Riverside Cafe specializes in home-cooked meals served for breakfast and lunch. Its oceanic-themed menu features such dishes as the Drunken Sailor?battered, blackened, or broiled fish fillet?the Seagull Strip sandwich made of breaded chicken strips, and sand dollar pancakes. This watery theme carries over into the dining room, where fisherman's nets adorn the walls and everyone leaves with a slightly gruffer voice.
Fresh Sweets Cuban Bakery and Cafe treats its clients to a tasty spread of freshly baked cakes and flaky pastries, as well as savory breads and Cuban sandwiches. Guests sip cups of espresso and coffee as they nibble on phyllo-dough desserts stuffed with jam, or cakes slathered with creamy whipped frosting.
Best Bagels & Deli Too's chefs practice a centuries-old method of kettle-boiling bagels before baking them in a hearth-stone oven. The resulting bagels—available in more than 15 flavors including super-egg and french toast—bookend stuffings such as nova cream cheese or homemade pastrami. A quintet of house-made breads including rye and pumpernickel also lend their slices toward the creation of salad, deli, and grilled sandwiches. On its extensive roster of sandwich fillings, the menu lists seven types of smoked fish, which, like wooden planks in a karate classroom, are hand-sliced. Baked goods seal meals with a touch of sweetness, whether in the form of macaroons, apple strudel, or other freshly baked confections.