CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a family-friendly buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, resulting in more than 28 signature pizzas. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, such as cavatappi noodles with classic marinara or alfredo sauce, as well as fully customizable signature salads. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
In the late 1960s, seeking a remedy for his allergies and low blood sugar, Smoothie King founder Steve Kuhnau began mixing fruits, nutrients, and proteins in his home blender. The positive impact that followed inspired Steve to share his concoctions and open the first Smoothie King in 1973. Today, with more than 600 locations scattered across the United States and Korea, Smoothie King presides over 90 different flavors, all made with real fruit, natural juices, and specialized enhancers. The business keeps its ever-growing selection of slurp-worthy drinks categorized by their nutritional function, including Trim Down, Get Energy, and Indulge.
At Papa Gyros, owners Steve and Kelly Paxos introduce some of their favorite Greek dishes to the masses. A number of these classics are served in shareable portions, including grape leaves stuffed with rice, spanakopita filled with spinach and cheese, and saganaki set aflame at the table. Chefs also drizzle creamy tzatziki sauce atop skewered pieces of steak, crispy falafel, and juicy gyros, as well as any diner's outstretched hands.
Mary Ann Donuts' slogan is "They're Donutlicious," and people agree; the shop was named a top-five Best Bakery in 2008 by FOX8. It boasts more than 50 species of donuts and pastries, including devil's food and angelic cake donuts, capped with a variety of toppings and icings (regular donuts are $0.81 each, and $8.15 a dozen). Four varieties of gourmet muffins (including triple-berry whole grain and chocolate-chocolate chunk) are served daily ($1.49 each), while Aunt Mary Ann's signature crème sticks ($1.20 each) come in chocolate, maple, vanilla, crunch, and powdered sugar. Regular, dark-roast, and gourmet coffees ($1.25–$2.75), along with espressos ($1.49–$2.49), cappuccinos ($1.75–$3), flavored lattés ($2.29–$2.59), and frozen cappuccinos ($2.99) cleanse esophaguses' sugar coatings. To round off your donut-and-coffee mealstravaganza, order a chicken- or tuna-salad sandwich ($2.49).
Over the last nine decades, Kennedy's BBQ has been smoking, slicing, and piling turkey, ham, and pork on sandwiches seasoned with top-secret ingredients. This smoke shack's meat masters start with premium protein, pit-smoking the savories in an on-premise smokehouse to infuse succulent juices. Then, soft buns are laden with ham, turkey, beef, or pulled pork ($4.75 each), slathered with barbecue sauce, and generously dolloped with a house-made cabbage relish concocted from a secret recipe. Sociable sandwiches can pal around with a bowl of hearty chili or smoky bean soup, studded with tender chunks of pit ham and cornbread crumbles ($3.50 each). Desserts such as homemade cookies ($0.75), milkshakes ($3.30), and Troyer's Home Pantry pies by the slice ($2.60) finish off a decadent meal more sweetly than a nuzzle from a candied teddy bear.
The day after Thanksgiving marks the start of holiday shopping, the cryogenic refreezing of the Macy's parade floats, and the longest possible time before families once again sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. Entrepreneurs Ryan Napier and Nino Natale wanted to close that gap. Their revolutionary eatery, TGD, fills with the nostalgic aromas of America's favorite meal 365 days a year. In the fast-casual establishment, patrons enjoy platefuls of homestyle turkey, sweet potatoes, and stuffing without spending hours slaving over the stove or sobbing quietly to a rep on the Butterball hotline. But just because their food is quick serve doesn't mean it's unhealthy; the pair is devoted to daily prepared, preservative-free food. Jennifer Mastroianni of CantonRep.com asked, as many patrons do, “Are the mashed potatoes real?” In response, Nino held up a container of freshly peeled potatoes, letting the ingredients speak for themselves.