Seven Summer Treats

Ice cream bar. The “Calorie Count” at gives the Cherry Garcia Bar at Ben and Jerry’s a D+ for nutrition. Who cares? It’s summer.

Frozen custard. Western Sundae at Luv-It (505 E. Oakey Blvd.). This place gets too much ink, but its Western—homemade frozen custard topped with salted pecans and fudge sauce—deserves it all.

Iced coffee drink. Sorry, I’m going with Starbucks. The Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte is made with fat-free milk, cinnamon dolce syrup and espresso. And the large—sorry, “venti”—weighs in at a scant 160 calories.

Anthony MairThe Atomic Amazon.

Smoothie. Got antioxidants? The Atomic Amazon does. This 24-ounce extravaganza at Atomic #7 (605 Mall Ring Circle) is packed with acai, goji, mangosteen and chia seeds, and it’s sweetened with—what else?—agave.

Hot dog. It’s hard to argue with the Hebrew National dog at Costco, plus soft drink, for less than $2, but my choice is the $1 Vienna Beef dog steaming from the cart at the Suncoast hotel-casino, 9090 Alta Dr.

Thai chicken salad at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza. Grilled chicken, bean sprouts, lettuce, tomato and peanuts, with a tangy sesame oil based dressing. It’s light, refreshing and satisfying, all at once.

Nachos. Nothing makes the cold ones go down easier than Hussong’s Cantina & Taqueria at Mandalay Bay. It’s loaded with borracho beans, pico de gallo, grilled corn, Mexican cheeses and a tomatillo avocado salsa.

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