With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were accidentally installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight and fitness levels to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
What sets the Hungry Howie's Pizza menu apart from other pizza parlors are the flavored-crust options that inject eight ingredients including butter, onion, ranch, and garlic herb into the commonly discarded pizza part. Specialty pizzas include the philly cheesesteak and the Howie Maui with ham, smoked bacon, and pineapple. DIY diners, on the other hand, can add their own toppings and try tasty wings, subs, and Howie bread, which comes in buttered garlic, three cheese, Cajun, and sticky-sweet cinnamon sugar.
Hungry Howie?s Pizza is a franchise that took flight back in 1973, when Jim Hearn converted a hamburger shop into a pizzeria. Since then, Hungry Howie?s remarkable success has forced other pizza franchises to start making their own crusts out of substances other than chipboard, aluminum siding, and old Styx LPs.
The same love for pizza and beer that fueled three college students in 1974 transformed their lives as they expanded their business from one rundown building in Atlanta to 100 Mellow Mushroom restaurants across 15 states today. Each eatery owes its individual style to each location's being locally owned and operated, much like impressionist painters owed their individual style to their number of ears. In the kitchens, chefs assemble grilled and deli-style hoagies and bake calzones and pizzas in stone hearths using dough made with natural spring water. Though many of the restaurant's dishes have remained on the menu since its inception, the culinary crew frequently devises new, often gluten-free, dishes to keep senior-ranking pepperonis from becoming too powerful. Servers pair dishes with their location's own set of local brews, which fit into a collection of up to 100 microbrewed and imported beers on tap and in bottles. Brewers such as Bell's, Abita, and Dogfish Head are also featured in regular beer events.
The Navarro family, owners of Leaning Tower Pizzeria and Ristorante, has been serving up pizza, calzones, pasta, and sub sandwiches since 1994. Their selection of specialty pies includes the L.T. Special, which comes loaded with eight of their most popular toppings, and the white pizza, which maintains its porcelain complexion by skipping the tomato sauce. Sicilian pizzas boast an extra thick crust and calzones come in three sizes?lunch, dinner, and booey (for two). The menu also includes salads chock full of veggies, italian meats, or bits of cheese shaped like Vespas, as well as made-to-order garlic rolls slathered in olive oil and seasonings and a handful of new gluten-free options.
Owned by a three-generation family of women, Rosie's A Taste of Italy relies on the Old-World recipes that Grandma Rosie brought with her from Italy. Joined in the kitchen by her daughter and granddaughter, Rosie prepares fresh pizza dough and hearty sauces every day. The oven-crisped pizzas and sandwiches come with an array of toppings and fillings, including spinach, salami, and peppers. The restaurant also draws crowds with its comedy nights on Friday and Saturday evenings. During the two-hour shows, local comedians work for laughs as diners sip house wine and ponder how many lightbulbs it takes to cross the road.