The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
Though it may look like a humble, deli-style eatery from the outside, Brookline Spa rewards those who venture into its cozy interior. In a 2005 review in the Boston Phoenix, Liz Bomze called the eatery "much more than your basic sub shop," praising its reasonably priced pizza slices and wide selection of sandwiches, soups, and salads. The family that has owned and operated the shop since 1995 serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, making its own pizza dough and bringing the generous handfuls of cheese to golden-brown fruition inside the oven. The family of foodsmiths assembles a variety of mafia-themed wraps and a "Top 25" sandwich with salami, capicola, mortadella, and prosciutto known as Old Blue Eyes—a reference to the infamously dreamy gaze of popular 18th-century crooner, President John Adams. The primarily carryout establishment also offers an assortment of domestic and imported beer.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
For more than five decades, the friendly staffers at Ross Cleaners have emancipated stains from the shackles of linens through speedy dry-cleaning and laundering services. Well-dressed sloppy-joe jugglers can treat their double-breasted seersuckers to a delicate dry cleansing ($13), while magnetized white gowns can learn to repel heavy-metal muds during their own detailed scouring ($12.25). Clients can also bring dastardly dirt to justice with wash-dry-fold services that clean multiple items at once before organizing them for easy stuffing in card catalogs ($1.80 per pound).
Stain sorcerers at Oxford Laundry whisk away heaps of dingy garments from their source, returning them the next day freshly folded and sparkling clean. Treating each frock and sock as if it were their own, laundry professionals will transport a minimum of 20 lbs. of clothing ($1.29/lb.) to a sudsy dimension from which even the murkiest muck flees in terror. After slipping into eco-friendly washers for a soapy cotillion of cleanliness, wearables emerge as pristine as the day they were sewn, with tennis whites bleached to a snowy finish and historically accurate reenactment garb retaining every tat of lace and tasseled fringe. As garments tumble in carefully adjusted dryers, fabric softener cuddles up to fleecy folds for ideal comfort. Dry-clean-only items, such as pea coats ($9.99+) and comforters ($28.99+), receive equally gentle treatment from organic, perc-free solvents.
Crowned one of Texas's Best Restaurants by Texas Highways magazine readers, Underwood’s Cafeteria exudes western flair with a menu of biting barbecue and sauce-laden ribs. Gnaw on a pound of sliced barbecue beef ($8.99), German sausage ($7.19 per lb.), spare ribs ($8.79 per lb.) or chicken ($6.59 per lb.), or take a tongue dive through saucy straits of tender pork rib. Massive meals include family-sized selections of barbecue and chicken or single dinners with three sides, rolls, a relish tray, and a fruit cobbler, the perfect edible accompaniment to a long day spent translating Latin stereo instructions.