Not only does Don Taco Villa's bright green and pink exterior make it easy to spot from the road, but many of its specialties can feed an entire family tree's worth of people. Cooks prepare whole chickens and pile plates with double or triple portions of grilled steak, flanking the family-style meals with sides of rice and beans. Other menu items, which also lend themselves to sharing, include shrimp cocktail and barbecued ribs. Smaller groups or solo diners can grab breakfast tacos filled with eggs, chorizo, ham, beans, and cheese, or savory taquitos.
Anthony Russo, a first-generation Italian, spent years in the kitchens of his parents and other Italian chefs learning authentic Italian recipes for sauces and pastas. He eventually drew on his experience kneading New York–style pizza to open his own chain of coal-fired pizza franchises. Exposed bricks surround the burning embers at the core of the oven, which bakes thin-crust specialty pizzas, such as escargot with pesto, alongside heart-healthy pies with fresh spinach and artichokes. After sliding out golden-crusted pizzas and singed fairy-tale witches, chefs fill ovens with calzones and flatbreads. A full wine list supplies bold cabernets and crisp pinot grigios.
Kolache Factory tweaks generations-old Eastern European recipes to whip up fresh, warm, pastries filled with sweet and savory fillings. Starting with a slightly sweet dough that is made from scratch every day, the Old World wizards whip up 25 different types of these traditional treats, tucking the flaky foundation around fillings of fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, and the occasional suckling pig. Wake up tired taste buds with morning mouthfuls of bacon, egg, and cheese kolache ($2.37 each) and broccoli, rice, and cheese ($1.39 each), or sample from savory un-savories such as peach, apple, cherry ($1.07) or chocolate cream cheese ($1.18). Ham and cheese ($1.39 each) and polish sausage ($2.99) make for hearty helpings during breakfast and lunch, while a philly cheesesteak kolache can serve as a filling circular snack ($1.83), or perfectly sized coaster for a jalapeño and cheddar cheese kolache ($1.39). For a nonspherical bite, Kolache Factory also serves up fresh cinnamon rolls ($1.50), cinnamon twists ($1.60), croissants ($3.08–$3.23), and sweet slabs of strudel niks ($1.72).
Massive containers of whey and protein powders line the walls at Vitamin Power, providing customers with a full view of the variety of nutrition and supplement products they have to offer. Customers can load up on protein shakes filled with vitamin C, pre-workout formulas, or more intense supplements designed to help muscles bulge. The shop also prepares smoothies using fresh mangoes, berries, and bananas, as well as mix-ins that boost energy including pecans and flax seed.
Red Mango's frozen yogurts run the gamut of nutritional goodness, boasting all-natural, nonfat, probiotic, kosher, and low-calorie credentials. Pick from flavorful flavors such as pomegranate, coconut, and madagascar vanilla ($2.95–4.95) then toss in toppings (starting at $0.75 each), choose from fresh fruit, organic flaxseed granola, dark chocolate, and more. Red Mango magicians can also manipulate icy ingredients and taste-bud-tantalizing toppers to construct elegantly portable parfaits placed in convenient to-go cups. PureVia-sweetened smoothies ($3.95-4.95), such as Mandarin Mango and 4 Berry Blend, satisfy fruit-hungry palates, and enriched smoothies are packed with protein and immunity boosters ($0.65 each) to help drinkers eliminate invading viruses. Use today's deal to watch this frozen superhero spring into action, satisfying sweet cravings and melting all over the tongues of injustice.
With parents hailing from Sicily and Naples, Anthony Russo enjoyed an Italian upbringing. By age 12, he spent much of his time in the kitchen, learning to prepare Old World recipes with his family and family friends. And from the flurry of Italian phrases and conversation, one quote of his father's stuck with him most: "If you can't make it fresh, don't serve it!" Several decades later, Anthony has hand-tossed his own Italian restaurant franchise and, true to his father's words, employs fresh ingredients in the same family recipes that were passed down to him. Amid exposed brick and walls the warm hue of marinara, skilled chefs craft New York–style brick-oven pizzas with toppings such as spinach, sundried tomatoes, and capers. Servers stand ready to answer questions about the restaurant’s wine lists, letting guests know which wines pair best with the pizzotto sandwich or whether pinot noir can really turn dogs invisible.