Twist Frozen Yogurt’s self-serve yogurt bar panders to sweet teeth with a rotating lineup of more than 50 flavors and 25 toppings, including fresh fruit, hot fudge, and granola. Patrons can step up to the frosty machines to fill cups or waffle bowls ($0.50 extra) with dollops of the daily 10–12 pure or 5–6 twist flavors ($0.43/oz.) and a smattering of toppings and sauces ($0.43/oz.) that cascade over the low-fat treat like candy from an injured Ulysses S. Grant piñata. Twist’s fro-yo menu mingles traditional flavors such as dreamy dark chocolate and wild strawberry with more unusual concoctions such as cactus sweet, boysenberry, and pumpkin pie. Each probiotic-enhanced serving contains no gluten or renegade additives from the FBI’s Most Wanted list, and the shop carries nondairy and no-sugar-added options in addition to its more common varieties.
Owners Heidi Williams and Laura Kenkel have been chums since middle school, finding their entrepreneurial passion after attending a three-day seminar at Ice Cream University. Now, the two ICU grads provide delectable homemade ice cream, cookies, and a cornucopia of frozen pastries with all-natural ingredients. Traditionalist tastebuds cling to a cup of pure, creamy vanilla ($3.60), but free-spirited buds crave butter pecan, and top that dairy mountain with blueberries, pineapples, and Butterfingers ($.50 each). Anna Marie's specialty sundaes up the ante of granular toppings, like the chocolate bubble sundae ($4.60), layered with chocolate syrup, marshmallow, whipped cream, and one cherry placed atop to benevolently rule its icy dominion. Customers on-the-go can take home a frozen turtle pie ($14.99), the chilled amalgamation of caramel, hot fudge, and pecans–the decadent, sugarcoated foil to grandma's wholesome apple pie. And Anna Marie's low-fat and low-carb offerings mean sweet-toothed dieters can still party like they're cruising through a galaxy governed by the laws of butterscotch.
At a party with desserts provided by?Celebrating Life Cake Boutique, the centerpiece might be a six-pack of beer, a designer handbag, or a giant puffer fish. Its bakers are as much sculptors as they are pastry chefs, and they can create just about any object with flour and fondant?say, a birthday kid's favorite toy, or a knife-shaped cake for sending mixed messages to an enemy.?But not all their creations demand a blowout occasion: there are also build-your-own cupcakes, mess-free cake pops, and cookies.
The smell of sizzling Mexican dishes drifts through Chimi's Fresh-Mex's stucco walls, where 15 types of meat, seafood, and vegetarian chimichangas partner with rice and beans. Servers pour 21 premium tequilas into flavored margaritas, and pop bottle caps off of domestic and imported Mexican beers. Vibrant murals surround the bar and dining area's booths and tables, and an Old World fountain doles out water and relationship advice.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the Cowboy ($13.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($15.49 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an Herb Chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for the family size), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach, and veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian ($14.99) option, which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with a chicken Caesar salad ($5.99), an order of cheesy bread ($3.99), or a two-liter soda ($2.49).