Food is the body's fuel, and the staff at Fenix 5-4 centers its efforts on making sure that fuel is as powerful as possible. That's why their menu of juices and smoothies features wholesome, raw fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides. Wheatgrass is a special star here—the potent superfood comes in concentrated shots and sippable teas laced with honey. It's all in an effort help their guests eat and live more healthily, with more whole nutrients and less refined sugar and preservatives. Café offerings take the same approach—the team pairs many of their sandwiches with nitrate-free ham imported from Italy or meat-free substitutes that taste just like chicken or beef.
The masterminds behind Fenix 5-4 will soon be putting their wholesome efforts into a brother restaurant, The Rusty Monk. An upscale space that features a creative wine list and a slew of Belgian and German draft beers, the restaurant will nourish diners with the same life-giving nutrients in a gourmet seasonal menu.
Sweet Dreams evokes a cozy New York lounge with large windows, ample table space, and several plush sofas. But the real centerpiece is the dessert case, filled with fruit tarts, homemade apple pies, and fresh-baked cupcakes. Those who don't slip into a sugar trance can grab a warm focaccia sandwich or throw back a few espressos. Diners may also put in a bakery order for a custom cake; past designs include a circus tent, a guitar, and a giant Brussels sprout.
For three decades, the bakers at Melrose Baking Company have used all-natural ingredients to lovingly create fresh, crusty breads from scratch, and without the use of preservatives. Today, the bakery crafts more than 200 different doughy creations, from rosemary-garlic focaccia to soft and salty pretzel rolls disguised as non-pretzel-shaped loaves.
One of Sugar and Spice Bakery's cupcakes is like an edible choose-your-own-adventure novel. The customer guides every step of its creation, starting by selecting mini, regular, or jumbo cupcakes. Next, they pick one of 11 flavors—such as spice or vanilla—and decide on fillings such as banana cream. They then opt for cream-cheese, peanut-butter, or housemade buttercream icing. Final touches might include sprinkles and slices of strawberry.
Sugar and Spice's talented bakers use the same ingredients to create round and sheet cakes, which present larger canvases for designs. Icing and fondant transform into superheroes, logos of favorite sports teams, or even a photograph of the birthday boy or girl.
As visitors devour spoonfuls of sweet, creamy frozen treats at Menchie’s, they may notice a string of ’90s-era sitcom stars arriving to sample the wares and chat with the man in charge. That’s because owner/operator David Lipper first made a name for himself on Full House playing D.J. Tanner’s boyfriend Viper. Today, Lipper proudly sits atop a local frozen-yogurt empire, edging out his fellow cast mates’ enterprises, including Dave Coulier’s network of Swiss banks and John Stamos’s ’50s-themed doggy daycare. Inside the shop, diners select from a colorful array of flavors, such as low-carb pistachio or fruity watermelon tart, and crown their creation with toppings including sprinkles, mocha, hot fudge, and locally grown fruits.
Fresh fruit, nonfat yogurt, flavorful sherbets, nutrient-rich boosts, and other wholesome ingredients are mixed to create a menu of health-conscious smoothies at Juice It Up! Lime sherbet adds a tangy edge to the pineapple juice and peaches that anchor the Congo Lime, one of 18 Classic smoothies. Dollops of no-sugar-added yogurt add velvety texture to Juice It Up!'s Delightful blends, which boast fewer calories and carbohydrates.
Customers can enhance their beverages with seven boosts, which include ginkgo biloba for those in need of extra energy and soy protein for those trying to help their muscles recover after wrestling a family of infuriated blenders. Juice it Up! provides the nutritional info for every menu item, so guests know exactly what they are getting with their order.