For Gourmet Pizza Shoppe owners Bill, Don, and Scott, the standard assortment of pizza toppings isn't enough. Though pepperoni, sausage, and black olives are certainly part of its repertoire, the trio also stocks exotic ingredients such as mashed potatoes, peanut butter, and crabmeat—making a total of more than 120 toppings. Strewn across dough made fresh each day, these morsels form custom build-your-own pies or dozens of specialty pizzas, ranging from classic eggplant parmesan to the out-there Mini Pearl, loaded with country gravy, mashed potatoes, and fried chicken.
At the downtown location, taps pour out more than 20 regional microbrews, including several from Redlands brewery's Hangar 24 and Ritual. After meals, customers can request six types of dessert pizzas to adorn the tables' green-gingham tablecloths or their imaginary pet dragons' green-gingham tongues.
The colors in the giant paintings that adorn the walls of Las Costa Mariscos are only overshadowed by the vibrantly hued dishes at each table, where diners dig in to Rosarito- and Sonora-style Mexican dishes. A variety of shrimp specialties join grilled steak and chicken mole on the family-owned eatery’s menu, along with four lobster variations that include Thermidor, a-la-plancha, and deep-fried preparations.
Drawing inspiration from local craft beers, the bakers at Brewcakes combine those same suds with local ingredients to handcraft alcohol-infused cupcakes with flavors that rotate monthly. Boozy creations include the stout beer base, whiskey, and Bailey’s frosting blend of the Irish Cake Bomb, as well as the chocolate-porter base and chipotle-chocolate frosting of the aptly named Chipotle Porter.
Beyond cupcakes, spirits find their way into other offerings—such as the Black & White Russian, an espresso-chocolate brownie topped with Kahlua-spiked chocolate cream, and the beer-braised beef that fills panini-style short-rib sliders at Brewcakes' café. In addition to alcohol-infused eats, café diners can also enjoy plenty of alcohol-free treats, such as veggie flatbreads, hot- and iced-coffee drinks, or water served in shot glasses.
Little Fisherman Seafoods purchases fresh fish daily in limited quantities, ensuring customers a strictly fresh seafood selection. Satisfy stomachs with homemade clam chowder ($3.95 cup, $5.95 bowl) or bean bag-toss an order of oysters on the half-shell into gullet goals ($8.95). Little Fisherman Seafoods fries up 14 savory varieties of fish and chips, including halibut ($15.95) and catfish ($11.95), and the Fisherman platter with a choice of four sea settlers, all served with coleslaw and french fries or rice pilaf ($15.95). Grilled salmon shares a seabed with one side and a dinner salad and distracts hungry eyes with its bold orange hues, allowing mouths to sneak a clandestine chomp ($19.95). Nestled between hand-cushioning buns, salmon or crab cake burgers arrive with coleslaw and french fries or rice pilaf ($8.95 each).
The work done by We-B-Poppin Kettle Corn’s husband-and-wife owners goes beyond the kitchen: they funnel proceeds from their snacks into a non-profit corporation, which works to raise money for children’s charities, local law enforcement agencies, and veterans’ charities. They pop batches of mushroom-style corn—extra-large kernels that makes extra-large popcorn—and top it with all-natural ingredients to create flavors such as white cheddar, bacon and cheese, and pizza. Of course, they still serve traditional kettle corn, which is prepared with both salt and a sweetener for a savory-yet-sugary taste.
At Nubi Yogurt, customers decorate blends of self-serve frozen yogurt with seasonal fruit slices and slivers of chopped-up candy. Georgia-peach- or pineapple-flavored yogurt waits for a complimentary showering of kiwi slices and mocha beads, while café-latte yogurt perks up customers with caffeinating chunks of Snickers or Kit-Kat. Most of the shops’ smooth, sinful flavors are fat-free, and are made with live-cultured probiotics that can help improve digestion. Each Nubi location boasts a bright, contemporary atmosphere with wireless internet, satellite radio tunes, and sleek tables polished enough to admire your new fro-yo moustache in.