If variety is the spice of life, Ba-Da Wings' variety of spices must be its underlying meaning. Its ravishing roster of 22 wing flavors, including buffalo selections ranging from mild "Ba-Da Buffalo" to mildly flammable "Ba-Da Bam" and specialties such as Carolina barbecue, garlic parmesan ranch, and honey teriyaki make appearances throughout the extensive menu. Take a boneless flight of flavor ($8.45 for six wings), climb on a pile of jumbo wings ($7.45 for one pound), or allow the chefs to slather sauce inside a signature wrap with all the trimmings ($5.45–$5.95). Complement any heated strike against hunger with satiable sides such as two soft pretzels with mustard ($2), bacon cheese fries ($5.95), or the pepper spray for hot peppers, celery stalks (six for $0.50).
At Bella Donna Italian Restaurant, duos rest amid Tuscan-themed décor and munch on house-made pastas and sauces or gourmet custom pizzas, crafted from seasonally-available local ingredients. Tongues lift their anchors and embark on culinary voyages with starters such as the dozen deep-fried chicken wings, slathered in a mix of house-made hot, medium, or mild wing sauce and served with blue cheese or ranch dressing. Then, diners settle in for entrees such as the muffalatta, in which parmesan-sprinkled pizza dough bears italian olive salad, ham, and salami. The Tuscan chicken, sautéed with parmesan cheese and lemon sauce, arrives to tables lounging on a bed of pasta under a chic coverlet of baby spinach. Meanwhile, spaghetti tossed in slow-cooked tomato sauce pairs with two hefty meatballs, showcasing an Italian staple that will completely jam a staple gun. Dinners draw to a close with a Nutella and ricotta calzone or other confection from the mouthwatering dessert menu. Gluten-free options are also available, including carrot cake and pasta.
Domino's recently reformulated its pizza recipe, which puts the buyer in command of a plentitude of pie-personalizing possibilities. Test the sturdiness of a hand-tossed thin crust with mounds of hearty marinara, ham, chicken, green peppers, black olives, and spinach, or fill a deep-dish foundation with alfredo sauce, bacon, onions, jalapeños, fresh mushrooms, and banana peppers. While delicious design options stretch into infinity like a taffy pull in a black hole, the eatery's specialty pizzas make choosing more manageable. Peruse pies like the MeatZZa Feast, which is piled high with pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, beef, and extra mozzarella, and the Pacific Veggie, a flashy West Coast–concoction of roasted red peppers, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, feta, mozzarella, and provolone.
The anytime meal house originated as a natural-foods grocery in the late '70s, a time when you could still find lettuce that wasn't in a can. Since moving the store to a bright, capacious space with high ceilings and massive windows, owner Mimi Pearson has expanded the shop to included a kitchen and dining room. Stop in for breakfast and enjoy a bowl of organic vanilla yogurt swimming with fresh fruit ($5.95) or a quiche of the day made with free-range eggs and served with pineapple, grapes, and a meat or veggie selection ($5–$5.50). Midday grub includes salads, such as a Greek starring crostini with tapenade ($7 for a large, $5 small) or organic leaf garden salad ($5 large, $4 small). Diners can also expect to find sandwiches, served on bread of choice (black Russian, Vienna white, rye, sunflower, multi-grain wheat, or sourdough). Try the smoked turkey and provolone ($6.25) or veggie-friendly avocado club (smoked mozzarella, red onion, tomato vinaigrette, and avocado, $7.75). Dinner, served every night excluding Sunday, includes the famed burritos made with brown rice, black beans, white cheddar cheese, and your choice of salsa ($11–$13).
For more than 40 years, Robert Roskind had a vision of opening a caf? that would serve as a community gathering space. That dream came to fruition with Oasis in Carr Mill. Visitors read or converse over cups of Counter Culture Coffee or organic beer and nibble locally baked pastries, vegan burritos, and sandwiches from Foster's. Local speakers often deliver better-living presentations in the evenings, musicians play acoustic music on weekend nights, and the cafe shows spiritual movies from their Movies-That-Matter series on Friday nights. The caf?'s decor is elegantly rustic, with wooden floors and ceilings, a beaded chandelier, and a lounge area with luxuriously large pillows.