Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesar's has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. The menu features pizzas with dough built from scratch that are made to order ($5.99 for a large one-topping). Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to Canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pies ($5.99). Hot-n-Ready pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese, and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the Italian cheese bread combo ($4.99 including sauce) or chicken wings ($4.99) with a variety of sauces.
Giovanni Guarini and Nancy Jurek both bring culinary practice in Italy to each creation on The Bank's brunch menu of fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Their carefully curated list of local and organic ingredients includes house-made bread, fair-trade chocolate, and eggs from their own hens as well as local, free-range farms. Transport restless tongues to a scenic villa in the Italiano, a croissant packed with pastry cream and jam, local honey, and fresh fruit ($14.50). The Munch plants sprouted-seed granola in a succulent bed of fresh fruit, nuts, and yogurt, coupled with two gourmet cheeses and a glass of dessert wine or orange juice ($22.50). A host of à la carte items offer smaller portioned plates such as bruschetta ($6.50) and a german pancake ($9.50).
New to the Radford area, this sushi spot houses a kitchen of experienced chefs who prepare traditional Chinese and Japanese dishes. Atop a fiery stove, the cooks sear chicken and add seasoned meats to sauces and vegetables. At the sushi bar, chefs roll fresh slices of salmon, crab, and eel with rice and seaweed wraps. Keyla Lensch of the Radford University Tartan writes that the restaurant’s lunch buffet is fresh, tasty, and easily enjoyed with the provided chopsticks, silverware, or communal trident.
Ben & Jerry's came from humble beginnings?in 1978, its eponymous founders served ice cream out of a renovated Burlington gas station, and delivered pints of their now-classic flavors to grocery stores out of the back of Ben's VW Squareback wagon. Today, its myriad shops dispense cups, cones, shakes, and smoothies brimming with a variety of quirky flavors, including Phish Food and Cherry Garcia, named for famous revolutionary Cherry Garcia. Ben & Jerry's also offers Greek frozen yogurt in flavors such as banana peanut butter, raspberry fudge chunk, and blueberry vanilla graham. The duo is famous for their social responsibility, which is evident in their community activism and in their use of fair-trade products, such as cage-free eggs and sustainable, growth-hormone-free dairy.
When you order a gyro at Souvlaki, don't pronounce the "g." The menu very pointedly prefers the European pronunciation of the dish, a pita stuffed with spiced meat, onions, and housemade cucumber sauce. Everything else has a pretty straightforward pronunciation, including chicken-salad wraps and philly cheese steaks. There's souvlaki too, of course?another traditional Greek dish of marinated pork tenderloin nestled into a pita. No matter what you order, as you eat you can watch TV, play an arcade game, or just admire the staffers' rock-band-themed T-shirts.
Chocolatier Genie Ranck, who has been selling chocolate for 15 years and opened The Chocolate Spike in 2003, concocts handmade comfits with a treasury of creamy chocolate, salted caramel, fruity creams, and assorted nuts. Ranck's caramel-nut spikes are made with chocolate caramel and a rotation of nuts such as pecans or hazelnuts for a treat as sweet as a lamb complimenting a grandmother. Two of these sweetmeats snuggle in the favorites box with five different truffles, including a Peace Rose truffle, two sea-salt caramel, a milk chocolate, and an extra-dark chocolate. A piece of St. Maeve–stout fudge tells a fellow pomegranate-fudge square tales of its raucous weekend with a group of almonds, causing a nearby sweet orange-blossom cream to blush and whisper with a pair of triple-chocolate creams. An assortment of solid white, milk, and dark chocolates and nonpareils finish off the confectionery cluster, ready for hiding in a personal stash or gifting to a favorite telemarketer.