Drawing upon fresh, trans-fat-free ingredients, the chefs at La Pita Fresh churn out a menu of pita sandwiches, Mediterranean plates, and fresh juices. Chefs carve up piles of lean beef shawarma, blend chickpeas into smooth hummus, and skewer kebabs. Juicers rumble in the shop, brimming with oranges, strawberries, and bananas, like the syllabus of a still-life-painting class.
No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet’s Pizza, a pick-up and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jett—their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust’s charms don’t end there; diners can “flavorize” it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet’s pizzas special; John Jett says “If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet’s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.
Jersey-style subs may be Boardwalk Subs’ food forte, but the staff’s true specialty is its attention to customer service, as showcased by its nomination for the Grand Rapids Celebrated Service award. In between friendly smiles and polite conversations, the kitchen crew at the family owned eatery focuses its attention on handcrafting 25 types of toasted or grilled subs and pairing them with fresh-baked cookies and warm soups. After baking fresh bread each day, cooks slice open each 15-inch roll before stuffing it with savory meats, such as salami, capicola, and roast beef, and seven kinds of colorful vegetables. The sandwich artists then top the savory layers with one of 12 sauces and seasonings such as celery salt and italian spices.