The kitchen team at Johnny Rockets slings hearty burgers and whips hand-dipped malts from a brimming menu of American fare in a nostalgic diner setting. Sate carnivorous cravings and anchor plates with a third-pound hamburger, such as the patty melt ($5.39) or the Smoke House, which tops a hand-pressed patty with cheddar cheese, thick slabs of bacon, onion rings, and a glazing of barbecue ranch ($5.79). Streamliner Boca burgers arrive as meat-free alter egos of traditional burgers to appease herbivorous appetites ($5.39), and Johnny Rockets' chefs also fluff white albacore tuna for the tuna-salad sandwich ($4.99). Those who have rules against swallowing icicles or chewing on chunks of Antarctica can cool off an overheated maw by sipping a thick, hand-dipped malt or milk shake in flavors such as Oreo cookies and cream while listening to tunes from a tabletop jukebox ($4.09).
The culinary artisans at Giano’s Italian Deli masterfully douse succulent meats and fresh veggies in house-made sauces and dressings to populate a menu teeming with hearty sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas. Diners step up to the counter to place their order or receive a mystical fortune-telling, as a sandwichsmith constructs a lineup of 12 phalange-fillers including the house-made chicken salad sandwich ($4.99) or the robust muffuletta ($4.99/6”; $9.99 for 12”), which showcases a trifecta of ham, salami, and provolone smothered with fresh olive salad ($4.99). Created on-site from scratch, marinara sauce covers Italian pasta plumes, including five-layer lasagna made from fresh ground beef, ricotta, provolone, and mozzarella ($8.99) or gooey cheese ravioli ($7.29). Meat abstainers can thrive on vegetarian options such as eggplant parmesan topped with marinara and provolone ($8.49) or a 12-inch Veggie Lovers pizza ($13.99), perfect for sharing with culinary comrades or practicing python impressions by engulfing it in one bite.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
Icing on the Cookie appreciates sweet treats' ability to bring family and friends together, but everyone knows that splitting a single cookie many ways can result in some embittered bites. With today's Groupon, you will receive half a dozen custom-iced small, medium, and large cookies to be more suitably shared or enjoyed all on your own. Select your six from more than 300 cookie-cuttered shapes spanning sundry subject matters to cater to your any craving—be it animal, baby, birthday, clothing and accessories, food and drink, sports, or seasonally related. Sift through the entire online catalogue to carefully curate a box of goodies (orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance), or stop in the storefront to select from a smaller seasonal assortment already made and fighting for your affection from the display case.
TCBY (a.k.a. The Country's Best Yogurt) serves 96% fat-free yogurt, which contains benevolent bacterial cultures that assist the body with digestion and nutrient absorption. The Pelham location's menu touts silky soft serve in flavors such as golden vanilla and white-chocolate mousse ($1.99–$4.19). Top your probiotic-packed treat with strawberries, gummy bears, coconuts, or a host of other toppings ($0.69–$0.99). TCBY's Beriyo smoothies—potent potions such as Strawberry Bananza and Berrylicious—contain real-dairy frozen yogurt blended with bushels of fresh fruit ($4.49–$5.49). Celebrate successfully evading a baby raincloud with a hand-scooped traditional sundae ($4.39–$4.59). Prices and selection vary from store to store.
Baker Jan Moon cut her teeth at kitchen stints at both Southern Living and Cooking Light before launching Dreamcakes. Her creative icing-laced confections ($3 per cupcake) are a step up from basic vanilla. Try the bananas foster, a banana cake base pounded with heavy old-fashioned caramel frosting and dripping with caramel drizzle. Coconut fans appreciate the almond joy, a white velvet cake injected with coconut crème filling, covered in coconut frosting and liberally laced in chocolate drizzle with an almond on top. Other selections including a candy-covered banana split, choc-o-cherry, and cinnamon sugar mama. See the complete menu here.