Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day. After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven, in a pottery kiln, or over a pile of burning cookbooks. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as The Cowboy ($14.99 for the family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives, or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an Herb Chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($10.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach, and veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian ($15.99 family size) option, which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with a garden salad ($4.99) or an order of cheesy bread ($3.99).
More than 50 flavors of gelato rotate regularly at this Italian sweetery, and each one is made on the premises with dry ingredients imported directly from Europe's boot. Sidestep scurvy with a cup of Clementine (smalls are $2.91), or experience the softer side of nature's most dangerous torpedo with a fluffy, regular-sized cup of pineapple (regulars are $3.96). All fruit flavors are free of lactose—creamier cousins, such as cinnamon and chocolate hazelnut, provide a healthy lac-dose. You're encouraged to take gelato home; freezer-friendly containers are available by the pint ($6.97) or quart ($11.47). Other Italian treats, such as espresso ($1.61) and cappuccino ($2.81), are also on hand to thaw frozen brains and warm chilly bloods.
Chefs at Pizza Time! hand roll their pizza crusts and pile each base with toppings including feta, salami, bacon bits, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Bowls of housemade hot sauce wait to cover warm batches of chicken wings or a slapstick actor dining with his boss. A gluten-free menu brims with wheatless versions of pizzas, subs, and pasta. After dinner, dishes of freshly-shaven hawaiian ice ride in the palms of patrons meandering toward arcade games or to an outdoor patio with views of Pikes Peak.
Named after a pummeling strategy from the world of martial arts, Grounds and Pounds Coffee House awakens the senses with piping-hot espresso drinks that have earned the Independent’s praise. Friendly baristas handcraft each beverage on the menu, warming mugs with brewed coffee ($2 for a 16 oz.) and embroidering lattes with milk fluffier than a freshly laundered cloud ($3 for a 16 oz.). Sweet-toothed sippers can enhance cappuccinos ($3 for a 16 oz.) with up to eight syrup flavors, including vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut (+$0.50), or dive into a rich, chocolatey mocha topped with whipped cream ($4.25 for a 16 oz.). Teeming with black tea and indian spices, chai lattes ($3 for a 16 oz.) energize the body as they melt away stress. The shop also peddles edibles such as pastries, which keep bellies from growling, whining, or gnawing the shoes of passersby.
Ceres' Kitchen is a dedicated gluten-free facility that specializes in hypoallergenic baked goods and prepared meals. One of the most popular items among the wide variety of dairy-free and gluten-less breads, bagels, and rolls ($3.50–$7) is Ceres' white sandwich bread ($5.50). The Ceres' Kitchen dessert department includes chocolate-chip cheesecake ($16) and two-layer chocolate cakes ($26) (special-order wedding cakes are also available). For families who can't stomach gluteny pizzas, Ceres' Kitchen builds take-and-bake pies. Classic pepperoni ($11) pleases all meat-and-cheese enthusiasts and most meat-and-potato types, too. A pre-baked blank pizza crust canvas ($4.50) can quickly go straight from the freezer to the toppings artist and then into the kiln.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.