Roly Poly's staff crafts a menu of nutritious sandwiches, soups, and salads from fresh vegetables and other healthy ingredients. Inside a Santa Fe chicken sandwich ($6.25 whole; $3.95 half), sleepy sliced chicken breast snuggles under a blanket of melted jalapeño jack cheese, only to be rudely roused by a splash of salsa. Alternately, a fashion-forward Spa salad ($5.95) shows off a multicolored frock of plum tomatoes, avocado, and alfalfa, and the Brown Derby cobb ($6.95) crumbles blue cheese and bacon over mixed greens. For liquid sustenance, cauldrons of seafood gumbo ($3.95 cup; $4.95 bowl) and shrimp-and-corn bisque ($3.95 cup, $4.95 bowl) boil and toil to practice for upcoming Macbeth prop auditions.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop’s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M’s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups and salads. For a trimmer take, try a Torpedo or Bullet ($3–$4), where longer, leaner baguettes get packed with yummy stuffings, such as mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto in the Pesto Turkey or heaping stacks of meat (ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni) in the Italian. Other sliced bread standouts include sammies (flat bread), signature subs, and classic subs. View a complete menu here.
Guided by their insatiable sweet teeth, founders Danna and Adam outfit Menchie's with a rotating menu of more than 65 eclectic frozen-yogurt and sorbet flavors alongside 40 delectable toppings. Guests can fill a 12-ounce dessert chalice with live active cultures in flavors such as Reese's peanut-butter cup, watermelon tart, and coconut, or opt for low-carb flavors such as butter pecan, pistachio, or whole-wheat toast. A buffet overflowing with toppings, which include locally grown fruit, embellishes frozen-yogurt peaks with heapings of mini caramel cups, cookie dough, and fresh blackberries.
Locally owned and operated for 25 years, Pocorello’s is a treasure trove of deli delights and classic Italian fare. Request that its seasoned chefs put together Pocorello’s No. 1 seller, a meatball po' boy served with homemade tomato sauce and vermicelli pasta ($7.25). Or, order a muffaletta; a Best of Baton Rouge reviewer says Pocorello's are the best in town. Complete your meal with Angelo Brocato’s gelato ($2) or Italian ices ($3), which are in flavors such as pistachio, spumoni, and eternity. If you'd rather stock up on edibles and assemble feasts at home, peruse Pocorello’s overflowing shelves of Italian groceries. Homemade tomato sauce ($5.25/quart), Italian sausage ($3.99/lb), and marinated mushrooms ($9.95/lb.) are just a few of the delectable edibles available.
Tasty Casian presents its patrons with a mouth-pleasing mélange of Vietnamese and American flavors spread throughout a broad, eclectic menu. Start the mouthcapades with an appetizer of spring rolls, which incarcerate rice noodles, cucumbers, cilantro, and your choice of meat and seafood within the air-tight prison of tasty rice paper ($3.95). Or begin with a crawfish and crab dip ($5.95) that completes its crustaceous course with a complement of shrimp chips. A charbroiled Korean-style beef rib ($8.95) sends carnivores to protein paradise, and a selection of Vietnamese-style sandwiches ($6.95) and po' boys stuffed with catfish or shrimp ($7.95) save indecisive diners from tricky fork-versus-chopstick choices. Homesick Cajun cravers can also chew away their blues with the Mama Special, which tops a starchy stratum of white rice with a layer of fried catfish and American cheese, all crowned by crawfish etoufee ($9.95).