Southwestern flavors—spicy ones, namely—marry traditional Mexican dishes on the menu at Bandidos Border Grill. Fresh jalapenos jolt the carne asada, grilled peppers accompany the fajitas, and the eatery's signature salsa tops burritos so large that local farmers have stood them up and used them as structurally unsound silos. But when it comes to structural integrity, the restaurant's exposed cobblestone surrounds guests as they sample savory meats rolled inside tortillas—shrimp, barbacoa, and slow-cooked pork to name a few. Visits to Bandidos Border Grill might conclude with traditional Mexican desserts such as flan and ice cream.
With its bounteous menu, outdoor seating, and modern, Asian-influenced ambience, GuoSu Asian Bistro is a prime satiation destination for kung-pao kings and fortune-cookie fiends. Begin your palate-pleasing session with fried prawns ($6.95) or veggie-friendly lettuce wraps ($6.95) before moving on to the signature beef, chicken, or shrimp lo-mein ($7.95). An order of sautéed lemon scallops with fresh vegetables keeps meals light and airy ($11.95), while the spicy vegetarian ma po tofu packs a taste kick for herbivores and herbivoyeurs alike ($7.95). Dinner diners can slather gooey gravy syrup over four meaty pancakes of mu shu pork while discussing the finer points of dice-loading ($8.95), and midday munchers can take advantage of lunch specials such as mongolian beef ($5.75) or spicy kung pao shrimp ($6.50). Or enter the culinary Thunderdome with the Go Su for Two, a four-course, seven-dish meal that will vanquish a pair of vapid appetites with a chokehold of choice meats, soups, appetizers, and desserts ($26.95).
If you were to trace the origin of one of Jamba Juice’s freshly squeezed juices, it wouldn’t take long before you ended up face to face with its most important supplier: Mother Nature. Whole fruits and vegetables from her gardens, groves, and orchards fill Jamba Juice's stores: kale, apples, pineapple, carrots, beets, and other produce. Although it’s serious about filling cups with wholesome, natural ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate.
Sure, there are classic juices on the juice menu. Purely Carrot, for instance, which is as elemental and straightforward as it sounds. But there’s also the Tropical Greens, which combines apple juice and pineapple with super greens and chia seeds. And there’s Kale Orange Power, loaded with kale, bananas, and orange juice—all of which are packed with a serious helping of vitamins and manganese. Regardless of which flavor you choose, each 12-ounce juice packs in at least 1.5 servings of fruits and veggies, making it a convenient way to restore energy and get nutrition on the go. The same commitment to simplifying healthy eating can be found throughout the Jamba Juice menu, from its Fruit and Veggie smoothies to its Artisan Flatbreads.
In addition to providing healthy options to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative is focused on improving childhood nutrition and fitness by encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to helping the nation stay fit—which you can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
With over 500 stores serving the full freshly squeezed juice menu, Jamba Juice is the perfect way to blend in the good.
Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
For Lovee's Cakes owner Debbie Glanton, desserts aren't just about cakes. Though she can craft nine flavors of cake with three styles of fillings into a range of themed shapes, her specialty is in smaller desserts. She crafts 46 flavors of cupcake, which come in unique varieties such as peppermint red velvet, vanilla lemon curd, and maple bacon. Alongside these, she crafts treats that toe the line between sweet and salty, such as her potato-chip cookies and chocolate-covered bacon strips.