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.
Famulari's Pizzeria doesn’t play favorites when it comes to tossing dough and slathering on sauce. The eatery instead lets diners choose between New York–style and Chicago-style crusts, both of which are made by hand and can be topped with the same gourmet ingredients. Crowned one of Charleston City Paper's staff picks, Famulari's deep-dish measures about three inches high and “ooz[es] with meat and cheese.” To enhance pizzas, diners can choose from a library of meats and veggies, eight different cheeses, and eleven sauces, including Thai peanut, hot sauce, and secret-recipe red. Guests can also nosh on pasta and sandwiches.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
A warm, passionate band of locals staffs the comfy communal environs at both Muddy Waters Coffee Bar locations, each dedicated to serving tasty, Counter Culture Coffee-approved fair-trade coffees. A host of flavorful, creative bean-bound beverages adorns the menu like so many gilded ribbons on a break-dancer's pantaloons. Swathe a chilly tongue in a hot coverlet of hand-quilted espressos such as the latte ($2.80–$3.65) or muddy mocha ($3.35–$4.20), or impress an island hotelier with all-inclusive blended drinks such as the caramel frappe ($4.20¬–$4.60). The coffee bar's iced coffee ($2.25–$2.60) pairs well with its myriad pastries, which arrive from local vendors like Sticky Bakery, Nicole's Nutty Goodness, and Grawnola. A cozy, welcoming environment fills both locations, underscored by uncannily warm, helpful baristas and frequent, community-focused in-house events.
The iced-treat aficionados at Yobe Frozen Yogurt blend organic milk and all-natural ingredients into 31 flavors of low-calorie yogurt. Each silky, nonfat serving of Yobe's yogurt contains a diet-friendly count of 25 calories per serving and contains enough probiotic power to help fend off both the common cold and the less-common spontaneous combustion. Customers manufacture their own sundaes at a yogurt buffet ($0.49/oz.) by spooning on toppings that accommodate cravings of fresh fruit, crumbled candy bars, nuts, and breakfast cereals. Seven smoothie options allow competitive straw siphoners to demonstrate their prowess on prefigured flavors such as Mango Tango and Caribbean Vacation. Guests can also create their own smoothie by nominating any three ingredients ($4.99 for 12 oz., $6.99 for 20 oz.).
Twenty Six Divine serves up a wide range of specialty homemade sweets and savories for daily meals and special events. An extensive à la carte lunch menu changes daily, like a kitschy wicked witch trying on different Dorothy heads. Past offerings have included wraps, paninis, and soups, as well as dishes such as seared beef tenderloin with bacon, caramelized onions, and roasted tomato over homemade olive bread ($6). Gourmet take-home dinners include turkey meatballs with egg noodles and creamy mushroom sauce ($6) and can also feed two people or sixteen self-sufficient automatons. Assorted fresh-baked rolls and crackers ($3–$5) are on hand daily for simple noshing, and sweet teeth can sink into specialty à la carte desserts, including marble-glazed pound cake ($3), peanut-butter chocolate cups ($3.75) and peaches 'n' cream charlotte with fresh raspberries ($4.25).
At Southern Brews Coffee, baristas concoct hot and icy espresso favorites to combine with locally sourced bites of baked goods, sandwiches, and frozen treats. The business makes it a point to remain a cornerstone of the Johns Island community, by learning the names and secret superhero identities of each customer and hosting events that dole out proceeds to local charities. Inside the café, they continue the philanthropic theme by offering free WiFi to patrons as they sip freshly roasted brews, including cappuccinos, mochas, or the Nobel Prize latte, which is infused with english toffee, french vanilla, and milk. Outdoor seating beckons visitors during warmer months, and a drive-thru window distributes pick-me-ups as early as 6 a.m. on weekdays.