Modern lights hang from the ceiling like glowing red fezzes, giving a sunlit glow to the pizzeria’s mint green walls. Amid these elegant trappings, hand-tossed pizzas arrives tableside with sumptuous add-ons such as sausage, green peppers, and fresh-cut pineapple. Diners may also order a stuffed Philly cheesesteak at Auburn’s bar, where mixologists pour wine by the glass and blend a wide array of specialty cocktails.
• For $5, you get $10 worth of American fare during lunch. • For $7, you get $15 worth of American fare during dinner. The menu at Burger Bar & Lounge offers a spectrum of burger sizes to sate appetites weighing in at up to 16 ounces, plus an array of specialty burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches. Burgers begin at a modest 2.5 ounces ($3.79), growing to the monstrous 16-ounce burger ($8.79), and are made with organic meats that have never been frozen or teased. Specialty burgers crafted from a gardenful of veggies or a Thanksgiving tableful of turkey offer savory alternatives to beef ($5.25–$6.49), while a side of sweet-potato fries ($3) provides a dulcet substitute for its salty french cousins. Ten different flavors of wings—including lemon pepper, teriyaki, and curry—season tongues ($6.95–$32.95), and a variety of shakes cool them down with a thick flow of flavored ice cream ($4.50). Beer and cocktails are also available to cleanse palates between bites.
Pie slingers at Romeo’s Pizza twirl their ‘za from scratch, piling dough made in-house with red sauce and toppings such as garlic, ground beef, meatballs, and sundried tomatoes. The small chain of cozy neighborhood joints has purveyed New York–style pizza since 1945, when delivery boys first started using hovercrafts. Its unfussy menu includes hearty appetizers such as cheese bread or fried ravioli, alongside healthy salads in vegetarian or meaty iterations. Those who opt not to build their own pies can go in for one of three chef-crafted incarnations—margherita, spinach and mushroom, or vegetarian, sold by the slice or in 12-inch or 16-inch rounds.
Whether the craving is pizza or stromboli, wings or a burger, Mama Mia Pizza, Subs, & Wings has it. The pizzeria’s extensive menu expands upon its titular trio by featuring international entrees such as baked lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and the Greek spinach and cheese pie known as spanakopita. Dine at one of the indoor or outdoor tables, or call in a delivery order to chat with the driver about the flashy new delivery sign recently installed on your car.
Light filters in through the floor-to-ceiling windows at Slice Downtown, brightening sizzling slices of New York style pie. A glossy backlit bar dispenses flavored vodka drinks, while leather couches pad guests as they wait for muffaletta sandwiches or hearty calzones to arrive. Thirty ingredients adorn New York-style pizzas, while specialty pies traffic in toppings of pesto chicken, cordon bleu, and baked potato. Slice Downtown also hosts a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on Mondays, where the best players hide their tells by covering their eyes with pepperoni.
B. Beattys chefs follow the time-honored family recipes that were handed down from their parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. They begin each morning with breakfast, rolling up their sleeves and firing up grills before whipping up fluffy omelets and crispy chicken and waffles. Come lunchtime, they turn their attention to customized sandwiches, layering toasted rolls and sourdough bread with slow-roasted pork, fried turkey, and bacon. When dinner rolls around, they load plates with hearty servings of catfish, rib-eye steaks, and pork chops. The accommodating chefs invite guests to personalize many menu items, encouraging diners to choose seasonings for their meats and take a moment to come up with a nickname and backstory for each one of their french fries.
Servers flit about the casual dining room, where sunlight streams in through towering windows. Diners sit at booths and tabletops, sipping on smoothies and shakes.