The culinary craftspeople at Kadie's Bakery & Deli stuff four paninis and 10 signature sandwiches with freshly sliced meats to forge a filling menu of deli fare. (Click here for page one and here for page two of the menu.) Like cars and the Lego figures that drive them, Kadie's sandwiches are customizable: chefs construct the roast beef ($7.59) to suit each patron’s tastes, stuffing tomatoes, red onions, and roast beef between slices of bread or within wheat, tomato-basil, or spinach wraps. Alternatively, a classic sandwich press locks simmering layers of pesto, turkey, and tomato into the piping-hot pesto panini ($7.69).
Anchored by a menu of spicy-salmon rolls, chicken-lettuce wraps, and ginger lobster, Fulin’s Asian Cuisine won Toast of Music City's Best Chinese award three years in a row. This culinary excellence extends to all eight locations throughout Tennessee and Alabama, where chefs craft eclectic Asian fare that reflects the standards of the flagship restaurant. Additionally, talented mixologists shake up martinis or margaritas at each eatery, and diners can freely access the WiFi in order to sip a cocktail and enjoy a sizzling teriyaki rib eye with their Skype date.
Founded by ice cream enthusiasts Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins in 1945, Baskin-Robbins now serves tasty cold treats at more than 6,700 retail shops spread out over 50 countries. Customers glance through the glass at flavors of all color and texture, including standard bearers as well as the always-changing flavor of the month. Servers transform scoops into the classic banana split or a towering peanut-butter-cup sundae, decorated with hot fudge and Reese's peanut-butter sauce. Soft serve takes the form of cakes, parfaits, and 31 Below mix-in treats, while drinks such as strawberry-citrus Fruit Blast cools down mouths with a sweet yet icy embrace. Baskin-Robbins also offers ornate ice-cream cakes to celebrate an anniversary or successfully forging a college diploma.
At Lenny's Sub Shop, a half-pound of meat is considered "regular." That might not be the standard at the typical sub shop, but that's the way its staff assembles regular-sized subs made with freshly baked bread. If you attempt a large sub, that'll mean scarfing down a full pound. That includes the slices of beef stuffed inside a philly cheesesteak, the cornerstone of the entire Lenny's Sub Shop franchise. The first location filled a hole in the sub and cheesesteak market in Memphis in 1998, but today, Lenny's sates sandwich cravings throughout the country.
Gleaning her baking skills from her mother and grandmother, Gigi's Cupcakes' eponymous owner opened her first cupcake hub in 2008, drawing upon her entrepreneurial spirit and gift for crafting beautifully topped cupcakes. The franchised cupcakery now has 50 locations, each of which churns out 12 daily-rotating flavors that are made fresh every morning. The shop's selection of more than 40 flavors includes Canadian Maple, Southern Comfort, and Champagne—a bubbly-flavored base topped with an edible pearl. Patrons can pick out sweet treats from the daily selection or preorder them at least one day in advance online, by phone, or via singing telegram.
Vittone’s slings dough by the disk and noodles by the nest to Decatur and Huntsville-area residents, serenading Alabamian taste buds with traditional Italian fare. Hone dairy origami skills with a gooey cheese calzone ($4.58) or exact ocular revenge on the moon with a lunar eye-hitting pizza pie, such as the Benzina, mounded with meaty pepperoni, italian sausage, bacon, ham, hamburger, and shredded cheeses ($8.03 for a small or $17.22 for a large). The eternally changing dessert menu silences the shrieks of banshee sweet teeth, and garlic breadsticks ($2.30) provide the perfect weaponry for pretend sword fights.