It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.
Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.
At Mama Valenti's Pizzeria, descendants of Italian-born Rose Valenti adhere to her century-old recipes as they hand-toss dough made fresh daily and coat it in house-made sauce, loaded with garlic and herbs. A recipe circulating throughout the Valenti clan since the 1800s dictates the in-house craftsmanship of the sausage, one of many toppings on a menu of customizable and house pizzas. The Carne Amore pie, like Snuffleupagus's T. rex trap, comes loaded with five varieties of meat, and patrons exercise artistic license over build-your-own pizzas, sculpting personalized sustenance with up to five toppings such as pickles, bacon, and jalapeños scattered across a crust canvas up to 20 inches in diameter.
Some people try to give their pizza a little kick by dousing it in red pepper flakes or hot sauce. When they order from Majestic Pizza, they can skip that extra step by ordering their pie with spicy sauce. Every day, the kitchen staff makes this spicier marinara sauce in addition to its milder iteration, as well as hand-kneaded pizza dough, ensuring a freshness that tastes better than astronaut dough. Pizzas get topped with traditional topping such as sausage and mushrooms, or gourmet ingredients such as white sauce and spinach. Chicago-style pizzas fit twice the toppings between two layers of dough.
At Cookies Cupcakes & Delights, head baker Colleen and her family keep ovens filled with a vast selection baked goodies, from their famous chocolate chip cookies to flavorful cupcakes. She creates her cupcakes in standard flavors, such as cherry and strawberry, and unique ones, such as the marshmallow-laden smores cupcake and the hot-fudge-and-cherry-topped sundae cupcake. To appease party hosts or those with food allergies, Colleen can also craft custom cakes shaped with edible fondant.
Truffles and Tortes Dessert Cafe's bakers craft layered cakes, frosty beverages, chocolate-covered strawberries, and, of course, delicious tortes. But their penchant for sweets doesn't prevent them from creating a savory menu to be enjoyed alongside their baked goods. They bake quiches fresh every morning, make salads and sandwiches to order, and serve homemade soup all day long.
The sweets and savories aren't the shop's only homemade feature, though. The walls showcase a hand-painted mural. The mural features a bridge spanning a Parisian canal, with two small angel statues perched at the bridge's midpoint. One of the angels seems to have picked himself up a piece of cake from the shop's counter, revealing that the painting must come alive after the shop closes.
A bowling alley, sports bar, 4,100-square-foot arcade, and convention hall all reside within Blainbrook Entertainment Center. In the bowling alley, families and friends challenge each other at one of 24 neon-lit lanes equipped with automatic scoring or join the center's competitive leagues for adults and children ages 5–19. Meanwhile, sports fans grab a seat in the sports bar to watch games on big-screen TVs, listen to live music, enjoy steak dinners from the menu, or play pool. Pool tables also fill the arcade alongside poker tables, dartboards, and more than 50 games, including virtual-reality games. And when guests need to host a wedding reception, family reunion, or rock-paper-scissors competition, they fill Brookhall–a large convention center with a bar, crystal chandeliers, and access to an outdoor garden.