Sound comforting? It is. Visit Steak Escape in the upper dining court and they’ll smash you up a mashed potato and smother it with the hot meat of your choice (steak, chicken, ham or turkey), soft caramelized onions and mushrooms, then add cheddar cheese if you want it. This is rib-sticking fare, providing energy for hours of mall-walking.
Shrimp Cobb Salad
If you want to treat yourself to a well-deserved rest, head downstairs to California Cafe, whose bright, sunny ambience will perk you up. Try the kitchen’s excellent shrimp Cobb salad, piled high with pinkly appealing shellfish, sliced hardboiled eggs, bits of crispy bacon and juicy chunks of tomato. Add a glass of Chardonnay and a fresh fruit crisp, and you’ll be raring to head back to those department stores.
Parents, Hot Dog on a Stick’s dogs are not just for kids, nor do they resemble the frozen corndogs we buy at the big box stores. These mall delicacies are hand-dipped, then deep-fried to a super-hot, crusty goodness. The battered exterior is slightly sweet and bready, the 100 percent turkey hot dog inside is meaty and flavorful. And when you pair it with a big glass of the establishment’s tangy, refreshing (and housemade) lemonade, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to try one.
Savor this classic pairing at Godiva, where they plunk the biggest, juiciest fruit they can find into their sensational melted chocolate. Intensely flavored and indulgent, these be the gastronomic highlight of your shopping experience. Sure, these babies are $4.50 apiece, but you’re worth it. If you’re feeling flush, go for the $7.50 strawberry-banana skewers, also doused with chocolate.
You may not know that Johnny Rockets, best known for its hamburgers and milkshakes, also offers a delicious apple pie. Served warm, this rustic dessert has a pleasingly crumbly crust and a mass of cinnamony, just-sweet-enough apples packed inside. Don’t forget to ask for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.