Since 1993, the chefs at Opies Pizza have adhered to a simple yet tasty pizza formula—they make each pie with fresh dough, tangy sauce, and tons of toppings. They customize each thick-crust pizza with more than 10 toppings and its own at-bat song. Or they throw together one of Opies' specialty pizzas such as the Maxxed, a catchall combo of two meats and five veggies. Alternatively, they also bake pizza toppings into a 10-inch stromboli.
The epicurean engineers at Hardwood Cafe harness the unfettered flames of a wood-fired oven to craft mouthwatering steak and seafood dishes, which beckon hungry stomachs with robust lunch and dinner menus. Dinner-farers sink incisors into center-cut 8-ounce filet mignons ($22.99), which gallantly traverse the coals of the wood grill and prove their chivalry by meeting waiting mouths in evenly tempered bites. Homemade crab cakes ($18.99) arrive tableside lightly sautéed and eager for rides via forks or Rube Goldberg fork machines, and pork dijonaise ($14.99), a rally of sautéed pork medallions smothered in a delectable cream sauce, halts hunger in its tracks. Afternoon munchers scarf lunch sandwiches, including open-face rib eyes ($10.99) and Fat Tony burgers ($7.49) slathered in house barbecue sauce.
The Brick House's skillful chefs plate a variable menu of pizza, sandwiches, and other casual fare whose roots stretch across national borders. On a plate of Will's pepper steak Madagascar ($16), a burgundy wine sauce coos sweet nothings to two fillet medallions, who blush shyly behind their peppercorn freckles as guests to wonder whether they should order a crab cake ($5) to chaperone. On the pizza menu, the perplexingly vegetarian Great White tucks italian cheese and herb-infused olive oil into a bed of homemade dough ($7). Alternately, warlike burgers, wraps, and sandwiches arrive at tables armed with an arsenal of french fries or crisp veggie sticks ($6–$10).
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon