Warm aromas spill from Great Harvest Bread Co.’s bakery, as artisanal bakers craft whole-grain bread from Montana's hard red spring wheat that is stone ground each morning. They pack each loaf with hearty protein and nutrients, keeping the recipes as simple as possible to maintain the rich wheat flavor. In addition to their standard honey-whole-wheat loaves, the bakers create a variety of treats, including rosemary-garlic loaves, cinnamon pull-aparts, and asiago-pesto loaves. They also transform the bread into sandwiches, pairing the whole wheat with freshly sliced meats, cheeses, and ticklish pieces of lettuce.
Victorian elegance permeates Charlotte’s Restaurant, a hunger haven stocked with upscale eats. Charlotte’s famous crab cake headlines the menu, flanked by an entourage of shrimp and scallop mousse steeped in champagne lobster sauce ($22.95), and the lobster-and-crab fettuccine arrives doused in a choice of lobster, alfredo, marinara or scampi sauce ($26.95). Challenge stomachs to conquer the Big Rib Off’s full rack, stacked next to mounds of seasoned steak fries, corn, and coleslaw ($19.95) hearty enough to fill up a T-Rex after a 30-day juice cleanse. Spinach-and-cheese ravioli ($14.95) reins in herbivorous appetites with garden-stuffed pasta pillows blanketed in pink tomato sauce and basil and sung to sleep by a choir of fairies.
Valentino's Ristorante chefs take guests on a tour of Italian cuisine, one dish a time. The journey starts when the bread basket hits the table, full of loaves that are baked fresh daily in rustic Italian style. The staff then provides pocketfuls of flavor from various regions with five types of ravioli, including a lobster-stuffed variety topped with shrimp. Their menu covers dozens of other of dishes, ranging from veal alfredo to spicy calamari in tomato sauce. But, they also produce a few particular specialties, such as the grilled Tuscan rack of lamb topped with a wine sauce. That dish also contains jumbo lump crab meat, tomatoes, and capers—the world's most cinematically named food.
Since its humble south Philadelphia beginnings in the 1990s, PrimoHoagies has quickly expanded throughout the region and garnered several awards on the strength of its cold-cut sandwiches, made with Thumann's brand of gourmet meats and cheeses. The shop's robust menu features dozens of specialty hoagies, many of which were created in-house rather than underwater, as is the industry norm. Sharp Italian hoagies teem with prosciutto and genoa salami, and pork Diablo hoagies marry Thumann's homestyle roasted pork with a blend of piquant spices.
Discovered in 1953, pizza is the only food to have been eaten on the moon, blessed by a pope, and endorsed by Olympic marathoner Gezahegne Abera—the "triple crown" of food honors. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of food and drink at Tommy’s Original Pizza, the pie-slinging eatery with locations in West Chester and Edgemont.
There's rarely a dull moment at Nineteen 19 Bar & Grill. Throughout the week, tipplers and diners are drawn in for specials whether for craft beer on Wednesdays, or to watch the game and chow on wings on Sundays during football season. A menu of casual fare such as flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads, as well as drink options from beer to bottle service, fuel festivities at other times of the week. Nineteen 19 also offers catering, with trays of wings, pastas, and pigs in a blanket to feed a crowd during special events or traditional pre-wedding eating contests.