You’d be hard-pressed to find a can of vegetables, a bag of sliced bread, or a box of instant cake mix in The Backporch Cafe kitchen. The chefs are wary of the premade foods, bottled sauces, and magic beans found in grocery stores, preferring to whip up all their dishes from scratch. So they bake fresh apple pies, bran raisin muffins, and buttermilk biscuits each morning, along with from-scratch loaves of rye, wheat, and cheddar sourdough bread. As a yawning breakfast crowd begins to wander in, the chefs turn their attention to three-egg omelets, chorizo burritos, and lightly grilled french toast. Come lunchtime, they’ll layer housemade bread with house-smoked chicken, turkey, and ham before plating the sandwiches alongside handfuls of fries and scoops of potato salad.
Complementing all of this homestyle cooking is a beverage list that includes coffee, juice, bloody marys, screwdrivers, and Manmosas—orange juice mixed with Easy Street wheat beer from the nearby Odell Brewing Company. When the weather's nice, diners can lounge beneath magenta umbrellas on the patio.
Nominated for ABC 7's Best Ice Cream Shop five years in a row, Gelazzi whips up 34 flavors of gelato fresh every morning, using fresh fruits and dry ingredients carefully culled and imported from Italy. Introduce your flavor receptacles to caramel from Avellino, rich chocolate from Torino, or lemons from Aversa, available by the scoop ($3.75) or in a belgian-waffle bowl ($6.99). Gelazzi's fluffy frozen treats are also made using 2% fresh milk rather than cream, making it less fattening and giving the unique flavors room to dance in your mouth.
Whistle Clean Car Wash maintains sparkling auto interiors and exteriors with a fusion of eco-friendly services and customer-coddling care. Buff mobile machines until they're as radiant as a burning snowman with your choice of two of four express detail services. Automotive aestheticians will focus on the reflectivity of your car's exoskeleton with an express waxing that can last for three months, clean chocolate-bunny globs from Easters past off seats or doorjambs with an express seat or express vinyl treatment, or revive worn carpets with a shampoo-vacuum duo express carpet service. Habitual off-roaders or drivers who attempt to fit as many pizzas into their car as possible will benefit from the complete detail option. This roof-to-wheel interior-and-exterior scrubbing by Whistle Clean Car Wash's expert staff includes a carpet conditioning, a polish wax, window defogging, a wipe down of all your vinyl's incriminating fingerprints, and a 30-day unlimited basic exterior wash pass to keep your ride in mint gum-free condition. For a one-time celebration of cleanliness, opt for a full-service Whistle Clean Supreme wash to rid exteriors of excessive soil, interiors of burrito wrappers, and rims of their goblin-attracting murk.
Mountainview Tire Factory began in 1984 as a network of independent tire dealers who teamed up to find better prices for their customers. Today, they supply a chain of independently owned locations across the Western U.S. with tires from brands such as Goodyear, Kelly, and Dunlop. At each location, ASE-certified technicians specialize in the installation of both tires and wheels, and outfit every tire purchase with a warranty that includes free flat repairs for the lifespan of the tire, free rotation, and an inspection. They also perform a wide slate of maintenance services—such as oil changes, brake servicing, and electrical work—to ensure cars are healthy enough to make the most of their new rubber running shoes.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.