Although the drive-thru of West Side Perk lets patrons easily grab their coffee to go, this café is no caffeine assembly line. Instead, owners Dave and Deb Irvin have sought to create a community-oriented cultural hub where locals can banter about significant issues, get some work done via free WiFi, and catch up with old friends over cups of gourmet coffee. The full menu of coffee, tea, and smoothies pairs up with a selection of sandwiches and soups that rotate by the day of the week or by which vegetable was not pardoned by the chef. When the lights begin to dim at week's end, the café entertains patrons with its Friday Night Movie Series, which showcases kid-friendly films to audiences nestled in the café's cushy seating.
If fine food and refreshing beverages are on your to-do list, check out Zekes Place in Minneapolis.
Ordering a gluten-free meal isn't difficult at Zekes Place.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Zekes Place.
At this restaurant, you can work your arms a little. Pick up the food yourself and carry it out.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Zekes Place.
The signature item, known as the Gelati, consists of a mound of Italian Ice—made from scratch every day using fresh fruit—crammed between two giant dollops of frozen custard. The Gelati, along with a construction team that demands to be paid in sprinkles, has helped Rita's expand to more than 600 stores in the United States over nearly three decades. The franchise has become so popular that it even made the top of Zagat's list of Best Quick Refreshment chains in 2012.
But the expansion would mean nothing if the treats themselves weren't delicious. Thankfully, Rita's carries a variety of Italian Ice, which run the gamut from Mango and Cotton Candy to All-Natural Strawberry and Pineapple. The shop also serves gourmet donuts, beverages, cream ice, milkshakes, and sundaes awaiting to be piled with limitless toppings. To keep taste buds tempted, Rita's consistently adds inventive and seasonal flavors to their menu. Among these are Marshmallow Peanut Butter Cream Ice and Strawberry Watermelon Italian Ice.