Some things are just too good to keep quiet. So after Marsha’s Specialty Desserts & Tierney’s Catering started crafting mouthwatering meals and desserts for friends' and family’s special occasions, they couldn’t just keep it to themselves. Thirteen years later, the family-owned operation now offers anyone the chance to taste their hearty dishes such as sweet-and-sour meatballs, spaghetti pie, california pinwheels, and pulled-pork sandwiches. The team can help feed any size party, working with clients to create a curated menu for the buffet or easy-to-handle boxed lunches for tours of the world’s ricketiest wooden bridge.
Alongside their full meals, the staff’s bakers have gained acclaim for their sculpted cakes and premium cupcakes. They offer custom creations for weddings and birthdays, but they also bake up simple circle cakes and cupcakes in flavors such as pumpkin pie, jelly donut, and root-beer cream float. Their bakers can mold the treats into fun shapes, or add in a dollop of filling to add a surprise to every bite.
Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.
The kid-approved cadet menu at Heroes makes it family-friendly, while its military theme gives the classic pizzeria and deli fare an air of official sanction. Go directly to the top of the food chain with the general: a sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, and ground beef pizza floating in a sea of cheese ($12.99 for a 12-inch). Heroes' crew of hunger fighters sends appetites off the radar with navy subs; try the commander, chicken strips topped with melted mozzarella and provolone cheese ($6.29), or its airborne cousin, the aviator ($6.29), which takes off on wings of marinated beef with melted cheese and sautéed peppers and onions.
The culinary wizards at Sidelines cook up hearty helpings of pub grub that patrons can discover on the extensive menu. Limber chomping muscles for a marathon meal with starters such as zesty battered and fried pub pickles ($5.79) or garbage fries, a savory mélange of bacon, tomatoes, and jalapenos lounging atop a bed of waffle fries and blanketed in melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses ($7.59). The selection of five pizzas allows diners to indulge their craving for a disk without having to endure the gamey texture of a frisbee. Table visitors can also wrap tongues around the Porkzilla sandwich, staffed by grilled ham, slow-cooked pulled pork, and bacon ($8.99), or munch on the Knock-Out burger, a bunless wonder that packs the space between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and a half-pound steak burger patty ($9.79). Feel free to lubricate a parched palate by sipping one of the beers cascading from the Sidelines tap, such as Labatt, Killian's, and Blue Moon.
The first thing you want to do with a hot pizza is dig in, but if you're so inclined, go ahead and count the pepperoni first. Donatos promises that every pepperoni pizza, sized large or larger, will have at least 100 slices of lean pepperoni spread across the pie. That's just one of the many flourishes that Donatos, founded in 1963, has used to distinguish itself from the rest. There's also its Edge to Edge promise: a guarantee that every pie will be loaded from one end to the other with toppings, from said pepperoni slices to family-recipe sausage to fresh, hand-cut veggies. Donatos' formula seems to have worked, as the once small Italian eatery now spans the nation with more than 150 locations.
Beyond its classic pizzas, Donatos offers many specialty pies, including its chicken spinach mozzarella and Mariachi beef. Each is framed with naturally smoked, aged provolone cheese on top and cornmeal-encrusted dough, from a 50-year old recipe, below. Donatos even offers gluten-free pizzas on its signature Udi's crust. For those searching out other Italian fare, the menu features robust stromboli stuffed with meats and cheeses, and hearty subs. And for dessert, Donatos creates its warm cinnamon brick-street bread, an oven-baked loaf of artisan pull-apart bread with cinnamon spread, streusel, and vanilla icing.
Pizza is available when and how you like it at Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake PZA. Each of the shop's take-and-bake pizzas is hand-made fresh-to-order, starting from the crust up. First, customers choose between classic, gluten-free, super-thin, and deep-dish crusts. From there, they choose one of three sauces—pizza, barbecue, or parmesan white—and pick from more than 20 cheese and toppings options, including pepperoni, olives, artichokes, and pineapple. Those who want to satisfy a pizza craving even quicker can opt for one of the house's favorite combinations such as chicken alfredo pizza or barbecue chicken pizza.
Once the pizza has been freshly assembled, customers can take it home and pop it in the oven or store it in their refrigerator until they're ready to bake. That ensures that, when you're ready to eat, your pizza will be piping hot and will taste much fresher than it would have if it had been sitting in or on top of a delivery driver's car. And, to round out meals, Noble Roman's also sells a range of pre-made take-and-bake extras such as lasagna, breadsticks, and cookie dough.