A bowling alley, sports bar, 4,100-square-foot arcade, and convention hall all reside within Blainbrook Entertainment Center. In the bowling alley, families and friends challenge each other at one of 24 neon-lit lanes equipped with automatic scoring or join the center's competitive leagues for adults and children ages 5?19. Meanwhile, sports fans grab a seat in the sports bar to watch games on big-screen TVs, listen to live music, enjoy steak dinners from the menu, or play pool. Pool tables also fill the arcade alongside poker tables, dartboards, and more than 50 games, including virtual-reality games. And when guests need to host a wedding reception, family reunion, or rock-paper-scissors competition, they fill Brookhall?a large convention center with a bar, crystal chandeliers, and access to an outdoor garden.
Aromas of baking pizzas and simmering house-made sauces drift from the kitchen of Umbria, which is named in honor of the region of Italy where the eatery’s founders developed their recipes. The cooks forge crusts from freshly kneaded dough, which they slip into the rippling heat of the ovens. Kraft macaroni 'n' cheese, smoked bacon, sauerkraut, corned beef, gyro meat, and other inventive ingredients scatter across pies and allow patrons to customize a meal that is already shaped exactly like their favorite manhole cover.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half-century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
It's not difficult to distinguish between the Italian and American dishes at Jimbo's Italian American Restaurant. That's not just thanks to Jimbo's menu, which lists Italian options on its left-hand side and American options on its right. Rather, it's because the eatery sticks to favorites such as manicotti and double cheeseburgers, which Jimbo's cooks have perfected for more than 35 years.
The restaurant's two cuisine styles find common ground with Jimbo's 10-, 12-, and 14-inch pizzas. In addition to covering pizzas in customizable toppings such as shrimp, bacon bits, and sauerkraut, the culinary team concocts its own nine specialties, assembling everything from chicken alfredo ingredients to taco fixings. Along with early diners, Jimbo's caters to the late-night crowd and vampires with a garlic immunity by staying open until 2 a.m. or later six nights a week.
From its humble origins as a soda fountain in 1930s Saint Paul, Green Mill Restaurant and Bar has grown into a franchise with more than 28 locations all over Minnesota and the Midwest. As TV screens blast sports news in the background, patrons at each eatery dine on a menu of classic American and pizzeria fare. Thick, hand-pressed burgers form bunned towers with hefty toppings such as smoked bacon, haystack onions, and chipotle mayo. Families looking to bond can practice fractions on regular, deep-dish, or thin and crispy pizzas or group juggling acts with samplers of 27 juicy wings. In addition to pastas and salads, each location's bar carries a varied drink menu that includes draft beers such as Blue Moon and Samuel Adams alongside wine, martinis, and margaritas.
At Yogurt Sundae, patrons choose from a revolving selection of more than 50 fro-yo flavors which contains a proprietary formula packed with 45 superfoods and over 85 toppings to create their own frosty masterpieces. Once they've narrowed down their options?cherry almond cookie versus mango sorbet, honey vanilla greek versus something called chocolate?they can scoop up toppings from a veritable bounty of fruit, candy, and sauces. Even better, folks can trade in the standard paper bowl for waffle cones or opt for flavors that have no or reduced fat as well as ones without added sugar.