Bosco's Bar & Grill delivers a menu bursting with classic bar fare to diners in need of savory satisfaction. Delve into a starter of chili-cheese waffle fries sided with sour cream ($5.99 for a double order), or play a game of pick-up baseball with cheese-filled Bosco sticks ($5.79) and battered white-cheddar cheeseballs ($5.99). Water your taste buds with any of nine appetizer sauce options, such as sweet chili, hot sauce, and honey garlic, and watch as they blossom into taste flowers. Bosco's chefs top bald 1/3-pound burgers with a tasty toupee of lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickle, then punch up the flavor with additional mouthwatering edibles. Beef-buffs tuck in with the mushroom swiss Bosco ($7.79), or celebrate third breakfast with the fried-egg-crowned egg 'n' bacon Bosco ($7.79). For those looking to impress dates with utensil-twirling skills, selections such as the house chili ($3.99 for a bowl) and the gardeny house dinner salad ($2.99) provide a tasty staging area.
Taco John's swiftly serves an assortment of tangy Mexican fare and bold-flavored innovative snacks. The edible oeuvre includes the eatery's signature super potato olés: black olives, beef, beans, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and melted cheese smothering a helping of golden-brown tater nuggets ($4.99). Those who create Venn diagrams to decide between soft or crunchy tortillas can choose the middle ground and get both with the taco bravo ($2.29). Taste another victory for American and Mexican relations with the taco burger, featuring tacos' usual contents nestled between two fresh buns ($1.99). The fajita chicken quesadilla melt ($6.29) awakens groggy taste buds with fire roasted bell peppers and onions.
The play-calling chefs at Sports Page by Adrenaline devise a full-court press against hunger with a menu of American classics. The Gladiator Supreme pizza proves its might with pepperoni, sausage, beef, canadian bacon, mushrooms, green peppers, and olives. The ham-and-cheese calzone folds swiss, mozzarella, and cheddar cheeses with ham slices to create a handheld treat perfect for enjoying at a table or tossing like a frisbee into one lucky stranger’s mouth. Chefs also grill up juicy burgers, including the colossal Metropolitan burger with its two half-pound beef patties stuffed with cheese and then topped with more cheese.
A combination pizzeria and sports bar, Big Cheese Pizza pacifies whetted whistles with a wide-ranging menu of casual Italian meals. Famished visitors can deliberate between traditional and specialty pies, which include the Magnificent Mile—a crust-supported pile of Italian beef, spicy link sausage, peppers, giardiniera, and mozzarella—and the Big Rube, a savory mélange of corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island, and swiss cheese. Starters, such as the cheese- and sausage-stuffed Magic mushrooms, emcee nondisk-shaped entrees from the spicy creole pasta to the much-touted Family Secret chicken salad, served on a flaky croissant whose mouth is stuffed with fresh roma tomato. Big Cheese also provides beverages for grown-up gullets, with draft beers served by the glass or water balloon.
Adrie Groeneweg was 19 when he decided he was tired of leaving his hometown of Hull, Iowa, every time he wanted pizza. Armed with six pizza recipes from his mother, Groeneweg opened the first Pizza Ranch in 1981, delighting travel-weary pie lovers with dough and sauce made fresh every day. At more than 170 locations in 11 states, a bevy of signature pizzas forms the backbone of the sprawling menu, with such options as the bacon- and beef-covered Bronco and the Tuscan Roma's delicate assemblage of spinach, tomatoes, and alfredo sauce. A wide variety of such specialty pies lines the buffet table, but diners who don't see their favorite combo can make a special request to the pizza chefs—who will not only bake it and add it to the buffet but also hand deliver the first slice to the table. Alongside the disks of mozzarella and pepperoni are trays of the Ranch's other specialty, crispy broasted chicken that's seasoned with a house blend of spices and then broasted so that its crunchy coating conceals ultramoist meat and the occasional winning lottery ticket.
Striking a balance between sports, entertainment, and classic pub comestibles, 212 the Boiling Point doles out deep-fried appetizers, soups, salads, and sandwiches to patrons who busy themselves with an array of electronic trivia and gaming options. Sports fans glue their eyes to sixteen flat screen TVs, which showcase favorite sports teams and home shopping network knife sets, and chronic gamers seek solace in a private video casino room that hosts poker and keno games. A billiards table sinks solids and stripes, while a menacing punching bag game takes a beating from challenging fists and imaginary bullets from Big Buck Hunter players with bad aim. Leather high-top chairs line up around a full circle bar planted in the middle of the establishment, where bartenders sling drafts, bottled brews, and wine to guests seated at high booths amid burnt orange walls. Patrons can watch live action NASCAR and Sunday night football while feasting on daily-changing food and drink specials, celebrating team wins or rewriting Wikipedia pages to undo defeats until the Boiling Point’s 2 a.m. closing time.