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If you get a little overheated during your summer visit to Columbia, be sure to hit these ‘cool’ spots and get yourself a treat!

opens in a new window63 Diner

5801 Hwy 763 North | 573-443-2331

Step back in time at the 63 Diner! A classic diner featuring music from the 50’s and nostalgic decor – the waitresses even wear poodle skirts! Order one of many signature diner-style meals, and don’t forget the milkshake!

opens in a new windowMain Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe

28 S. 9th St. | 573-817-5616

While Main Squeeze does feature a vegetarian menu, it’s not just for vegetarians! Stop by and try one of their unique fresh juice drinks or smoothies, like the Ginger Tonic (apple, celery, lemon, and ginger) or the Berry Berry Good smoothie (grape, blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry).

opens in a new windowSparky’s Homemade Ice Cream

21 S. 9th St. | 573-443-7400

A small ice cream parlor in The District (downtown Columbia), Sparky’s features awesomely unique rotating flavors including mango strawberry almond, chocolate banana Tabasco, dark and stormy (for those 21 and older, it includes rum and ginger beer), blackberry goat cheese, and dark pepper dark chocolate espresso. Don’t worry, for those of you who would prefer a safer choice, Sparky’s also has “normal” flavors like vanilla bean, chocolate, cookies and cream, and butter pecan.

opens in a new windowTropical Liqueurs

515 E. Broadway | 573-442-8098

3805 S. Providence | 573-256-7141

A bar specializing in frozen cocktails, Trops is the place to be (as long as you’re 21)! There are 2 locations in Columbia: one on the south side of town and one downtown in the District. While Trops does serve beer and mixed drinks, they are known for their frozen drinks such as the Tiger Paw (peach schnapps, rum, pineapple juice, and orange juice), ’57 Chevy (rum, gin, vodka, sloe gin, and mai tai blend), and many others.

opens in a new windowBuck’s Ice Cream

Eckles Hall, University of Missouri | 573-882-1088

Buck’s is known as the official ice cream of the Mizzou Tigers and is even made fresh on the University of Missouri’s campus by food science students. Their typical hours are Monday – Friday noon-5 (and Saturdays during warmer months), but it’s completely worth it to find time to go just for a taste of their tiger stripe or Mizzou gold ice cream.

Yogoluv

201 S. 9th St. | 573-777-9694

Yogoluv features a buffet of frozen yogurt and topping choices, and the price depends on how much your bowl of deliciousness weighs. The flavors are rotated but the basic choices of chocolate and vanilla are available along with toppings including candies, syrups, fruits, cereals, and almost anything else you’d want on your frozen yogurt.

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Columbia Snapshot

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In our new Columbia Snapshot posts, we feature photos from around Columbia captured by our staff or by our readers to share little corners of our city that you might not always see.

This week’s photo is of one of the colorful and vibrant menu boards at opens in a new windowMain Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe in downtown Columbia. One of Columbia’s few completely vegetarian restaurant options, Main Squeeze is a haven for diners who like fresh, locally sourced, healthy and delicious meal options.

One of our favorite boards is home to the array of smoothie choices at Main Squeeze! Each creatively named smoothie is full of freshly blended fruit, juices and any other add-ins you request. Our personal favorite is the Berry Berry Good, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the selections. Make sure to pair your smoothie with one of their organic hot dishes, melt-in-your-mouth sandwiches or outstanding handmade desserts. No matter what you pick, your stomach will thank you!

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Do you enjoy delicious food? Of course you do!

How about delicious vegetarian food that promotes sustainability in an artistic atmosphere? Not sure? Trust us on this one, and check out opens in a new windowMain Squeeze Natural Foods Café and Juice Bar in opens in a new windowThe District.

Believe us when we tell you that Main Squeeze could quite well change how you feel about eating vegetarian food. Everything on the opens in a new windowmenu is fresh, flavorful and unique, with daily specials and desserts that will surprise you and keep you coming back. Sip on refreshing 100% fruit smoothies like the Strawberry Manilow (Strawberry, Bananas and Orange) and Give Peach a Chance (Apple, Peach Banana) or incredible juices like the Ring of Fire (Apple, Orange, Beet, Ginger) and Elvis Parsley (Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Parsley, Beet).

Once you’ve quenched your thirst, dive in to one of Main Squeeze’s delectable dishes. Choices range from tofu tacos to the Hail Kale salad.

When you visit Main Squeeze, not only will you enjoy incredible food, you’ll be supporting a business that supports the community. Main Squeeze works with over a dozen local farms, creates less than one bag of trash each day and displays local art, with 100% of sales being passed along to the artist. It’s food that makes you feel good and that you can feel good about eating.

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