Great Harvest specializes in baking tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads ($4.75–$9.95 per loaf) that are high in fiber, free of preservatives, and crafted every day with freshly milled flour. The bread selection changes each day of the week; current moist and pillowy selections include honey whole wheat, spinach feta, stollen, and, for discerning primates, monkey bread. Gluten-free and high-protein breads are available in a variety of taste portfolios, including cheddar garlic and cinnamon swirl. Sandwiches include a Tasty Turkey Cobb ($6.95) and the Gourmet Grilled Cheese, which comes with a garlic herb spread, roasted red peppers, and sliced tomatoes, all melted together with provolone, swiss, and sharp cheddar cheese ($6.95). For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest bakes scones, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and bars. Fresh coffee and WiFi ensure that reading stories about bread online is as delightfully easy as snacking on actual bread.
Balancing a rich flavor with healthy nourishment, Yogel’s masterfully crafted frozen-yogurt recipe has been luring loyal customers and cooling off summer-broiled bodies for more than 30 years. A rotation of 50 possible varieties ($0.30 per ounce—cheaper than both floppy disks and nickels) can be piled high in flavors such as apple pie, cheesecake, cake batter, coconut, and motor oil (for robots). To keep bratty siblings and cartoon burglars from claiming ownership of your masterpiece, write your name in toppings such as hot fudge, cherries, mango, cookie dough, and Cocoa Pebbles. Finally, let loose and dig in knowing that Yogel's frozen yogurt is fortified with protein, calcium, active cultures, and all sorts of other nutritious ingredients, just like pyramids.
While other frozen yogurt stores charge customers for every flavor or topping ordered, Menchie’s customers serve themselves an unlimited customizable mix of yogurt and toppings. Menchie’s has a convenient self-serve station with more than 100 rotating yogurt flavors and more than 60 rotating toppings, including fresh fruit.
Cupcake Lane Bakery treats foodies with handcrafted, iced, cakey delicacies that bend the most serious of lips into sunshine smiles. Individual cupcakes cost $2.50 each and span the flavor spectrum, from the cinnamon seas of the Sunrise Mountain cupcake to red-velvet Savannah Street, espresso-tinted Pike Place cake with caramel latte buttercream, Park Avenue carrot cake, and more. For those who like their sweets to believe in teamwork, the bakery forges cupcake cakes out of several cupcakes, simultaneously defeating the purpose of being a cupcake and being totally awesome. Circular tops come together to craft a variety of enticing cake shapes such as butterflies, footballs, and rectangles ($33 for a 12-cupcake cake).
Though more than 20 years separate childhood pals Richard Bowen and Branden Powers from the 1980s, they return to the beloved decade of their youth every day at I Love Yogurt. There, old-school sweets, such as Pop Rocks and jujubes compose a retro candy wall, while throwback soft drinks such as TaB and Squirt fill the soda fountain. The duo further writes its love letter to the 80s by piling 64 classic arcade games into the shop, from Frogger and Pac-Man to Asteroids and the infamous Duck Hunt sequel, Duck Stakeout.
The themed décor and treats, however, are bells and whistles surrounding the business' main focus: frozen yogurt. Staffers craft 12 rotating flavors of dairy-free, low-carb, and no-sugar added yogurt, including cake batter and watermelon sorbet. More than 50 ingredients—including organic fruit and real whipped cream—top off those treats, while classics from the cereal bar such as Franken Berry and KIX further satisfy munchies.
Waffles Cafe satisfies all-day breakfast hankerings with a line of specialty waffles doused in myriad sweet or savory accouterments. Guests can slice into a specialty waffle such as Jeff's favorite, an autumnal amalgamation of pumpkin waffle, apple-pie filling, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce, which calls to mind memories of crisp fall leaves and apple picking in the produce aisle. Or, munch thick slices of a Hawaiian or pepperoni waffle pizza. Like brunch or eating pie in a breakfast nook, a banana-split sandwich mingles dishes from multiple mealtimes to form a waffle-stacked creation of ice cream, chocolate sauce, almonds, and sprinkles cleaved together by a sweet layer of whipped cream. Grab a companion and toast to your specialty concoction over sips of coffee, orange juice, or chai latte.
At Sweet Addiction, 13 types of cookies plus 24 ice-cream flavors equal plenty of combinations of colorful ice cream sandwiches. The staff scoops fresh butter-pecan, birthday-cake, bubblegum, and cherry-chip ice cream and ladles the creamy treats between two homemade chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, brownie, or mint-chocolate cookies. For those who prefer ordering á la carte, the staff sells cookies by the baker’s dozen and serves ice cream by the scoop, in sundaes, in root-beer floats, or directly into the gloves of offseason MLB pitchers.