Chefs at La Española Tapas cook authentic and inventive dishes, drawing from the rich palate of Spanish cuisine and the country’s varied climates, landscapes, and cultures. The menu melds classics such as paella with dozens of hot and cold tapas dishes, rich with seafood, vegetables, and spices, and sized perfectly for sharing or creating edible mosaics. Beyond La Española Tapas’ sidewalk al fresco seating, the dining room and lounge spread through airy spaces trimmed with warm wood and cool stone décor. On the weekends, live musicians take the stage, and on the last Friday of each month, the restaurant hosts tablao flamenco nights, filling the atmosphere with energetic staccatos and subjecting the floor boards to its routine durability test.
As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments. In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.
Wings Firehouse fuses athletics and pub grub into a sports-themed haven replete with stacked sandwiches, crispy salads, and chicken wings smothered in 15 types of sauces. Traditional and boneless wings sport saucy overcoats such as sweet and spicy mango pecosita, tangy barbecue, or super-hot 911 sauce. Layers of grilled chicken, ham, bacon, and mozzarella and cheddar cheese test the girders of the quadruple-decker club, and the veggie sandwich keeps things simple with sumptuous vegetables and guacamole. Crisp curly fries accompany sandwiches, and the caesar salad derives its crunch from croutons layered with parmesan cheese. Thick frothy sips of beer send bubbly rapids through mouths, clearing space like an avaricious lumberjack in a rainforest.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Since opening its doors in 1985, Capri Ristorante & Catering has expanded to four locations including Capri Mex, which strays from the other locations' Italian fare with a menu of Mexican delights. Chefs fill the kitchen with aromas of carne asada and marinated chicken sizzling on the grill as diners patiently await the impending smorgasbord in the dining room's family-friendly confines. Options such as à la carte burritos and quesadillas leave room for extras, or dinner combos featuring rice, beans, and guacamole quell hunger whether chosen for dine-in, carryout, or storage in a refrigerated safety deposit box.
Originally started by newly arrived Italian immigrants Mariano and Assunta Turano, Turano Baking Company began supplying the Chicagoland area with fresh, authentic breads in 1962. Their retail selection grew in popularity, inspiring them to open a bake shop at their Berwyn facility.
Serving customers bread and confections ever since, the bakery—newly renamed in 2008 after matriarch Assunta, or Mamma Susi—has become well known for its delicious Italian baked goods. Each edible item, whether it is a custom cake, a chocolate eclair, or a rustic sourdough round, is made fresh every day to ensure it offers optimum taste and up-to-the-minute headlines.
Mamma Susi Bakeshop Some spinoffs flop. But some manage to take flight and gain their own devoted following. Mamma Susi Bakeshop falls squarely into the second category. Originally started by newly arrived Italian immigrants Mariano and Assunta Turano, Turano Baking Company began supplying the Chicagoland area with fresh, authentic breads in 1962. Their retail selection grew in popularity, inspiring them to open a bake shop at their Berwyn facility.
Serving customers bread and confections ever since, the bakery—newly renamed in 2008 after matriarch Assunta, or Mamma Susi—has become well known for its delicious Italian baked goods and coffee. Each edible item, whether it is a custom cake, a piece of chocolate cannoli, or a rustic sourdough round, is made fresh every day to ensure it offers optimum taste and up-to-the-minute headlines.