The crew at Spirels understands that eating dessert is meant to be fun, so they enable patrons to follow their whimsy and build their own desserts from whatever catches their eye. With that approach, they encourage patrons to first step up to self-serve frozen yogurt machines and fill their cups from a rotating lineup of flavors that includes pumpkin delight. Then, they can slide over to the toppings bar, where bins filled with fresh fruit, brownie bits, and gummi bears sit beside bottles of Ghirardelli and Hershey’s sauces. Desserts are priced by weight, so customers can experiment with mixing as many flavors and toppings as they’d like while controlling the price they pay.
The 50 flavors of frozen yogurt at Yumz are packed with bold flavors and healthful probiotics. They are also made with fat-free, natural ingredients, yielding healthful treats that mimic sensations ranging from biting into a slice of watermelon to eating the huge red velvet cake that toppled onto your legs and trapped you in the kitchen. The selection of more than 70 toppings includes strawberries, brownies, Snickers, cheesecake bites, and Oreos, and patrons can also build their own combinations for the world to see with an online platform.
Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”
While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.
The cakes that emerge from City Life Bakery are more like tasty sculptures that are carefully constructed in shapes and colors of all kinds. Fondant-covered elephants and cartoon princesses headline kids' birthday parties, while elegant tiers topped in flowers serve as the perfect accompaniment to a wedding. More everyday options include colorful cupcakes, cups of coffee, and even gourmet deli sandwiches that help sweet teeth transition back into the realm of savory.