Blossoming from the original Pennywise, established in 1969, Expresso Car Wash now shoos dirt form begrimed automobiles at six convenient lube-and-detail facilities. Upholding a focus on swift service, mechanics perform quick 10-minute oil changes, towel off 12-minute full details, and scrub cloths on their eight-minute abs. As environmental stewards, the detailing staff carts off all used water to a water-treatment facility and uses fewer chemicals than home washings tend to.
Each vehicle's aesthetic and under-the-hood beauty gets continual boosts with additional services, including air-conditioner and timing-belt repair and transmission flushes. When they are not pampering autos, the Expresso staff lends philanthropic support to nonprofits, including local schools, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and teenage cars saving up for a new driver.
The rich aromas of freshly brewing coffee permeates Biggby Coffee. Baristas blast water over specially micro-roasted beans, emitting a robust aroma as blasts and producing delicious cups of espresso. The alchemy results in Biggby Coffee’s signature drinks such as their caramel and butterscotch Butter Bear latte. In addition to coffee, they serve freshly steeped teas, Creme Freeze smoothies, and hot or frozen hot chocolate. Solid foods such as fruit cups and baked goods fuel guests for hot coffee chugging contests.
The name Barry Bagels conceals the diversity of its menu. In addition to 17 bagel varieties, the staff churn out homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee. The flagship Barry Bagels shop opened in Toledo in 1972?the company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012?and now shares its oven-mastery with three other Toledo-area locations as well as Michigan locations in Ann Arbor, and Lambertville.
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at its sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24 ounce, low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.29), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry/banana/pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry/strawberry/banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a sandwich ($6.79) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and Jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with your mouth for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit.
Scrambler Marie's extensive breakfast menu lifts languid eyelids with its selections of morning momentum-makers. Latch onto light bites such as fresh fruit and yogurt parfaits ($2.99) and steaming bowls of oatmeal with berries and brown sugar ($3.49), or palate-parachute into hearty helpings of pancakes ($5.79–$7.29), french toast ($4.29–$6.99), omelettes ($6.99–$8.59), skillets ($7.99–$8.59), breakfast wraps ($7.99–$8.49), and more. Guests feeling patriotic can flag down an all-American plate of biscuits and gravy ($6.49) with three eggs and a side, and the sweet blueberry waffle ($6.29) proves that waffles, like piñatas and closets at candy factories, are better when packed with goodies. The Westgate skillet ($8.29) takes taste buds south of the border, serving up a flavorful mix of spicy chorizo, jalapeños, green chilies, onions, homemade salsa, and melted cheese. Vegetarian options are equally fancy, such as the veggie garden scramble wrap ($7.99), which plays host to a pleasing prom of fresh veggies, mushrooms, onion, and scrambled eggs within the walls of a tomato-basil dance hall.
While lots of barbecue places offer chicken, the staff at Jed’s offer a slightly different experience than your classic drumsticks and legs. Instead, they’ve created a menu revolving around their signature Fireballs, which are boneless, skinless chicken tenders molded into balls and drizzled in sauces and toppings of choice. The menu features 10 distinctive sauces, creating gooey American eats such as Carolina balls topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, and cheese, or Cajun balls layered with provolone cheese and Cajun spices. The rest of the menu continues to utilize these sauces and toppings, with chefs using them to add flavor to coney dogs or create juicy burgers and barbecue sandwiches.
The smallest Jed's BBQ and Brew around, on Holland Sylvania, has an large, but intimate patio, and treats guests to feasts of hearty, homecooked pub food and neighborly camaraderie in a family-friendly atmosphere. Patrons watch sports over frosty beverages, or celebrate the bar and grill's fifth anniversary with burgers and beers on the patio.