The chefs of Shevy's Sports and Steaks simmer slow-roasted prime rib in the kitchen, and the restaurant's five dining areas steep patrons in sports nostalgia. In the Heisman Lounge, photos of all the Heisman Trophy winners smile upon servers as they Hail Mary menu items, such as chicken-fried steak, onto diners' tables. Classic baseball memorabilia crowds the walls of a rustic-style dining room, and outside on a 750-square-foot paved patio, guests sit beside a bustling downtown street as they decide what toppings to draft for their custom Black Angus burgers. Throughout the restaurant, high-definition televisions broadcast games available through NFL and MLB packages, as well as all Nebraska pay-per-view football games and checkers matches.
Like Sunday dinners and Friday game nights, the atmosphere at a Sam & Louie's restaurant revolves around family, and has done so since its first location opened in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska. Today, at each of the eatery's 22 locations, families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York?style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, and canadian bacon. The same daily made dough is used to construct calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. Specialty dough can be whipped up to create gluten-free pizzas. The menu culminates in five 1/3 lb. Black Angus burgers and eight types of pastas.
The Donut Professor uses locally sourced ingredients to create fresh donuts, pastries, and muffins every morning. With 37 varieties of donuts ($0.99 each; $9.29 per dozen) ranging from garden-variety glazed to elusive vanilla peanut, The Donut Professor offers a full catalog of fried, doughy treats. Éclairs, fritters, and cinnamon rolls ($1.19) satisfy partisans of pastries without holes. All locations open at 6 a.m., mere minutes after fresh donuts come into being, giving night-based vigilantes and day-faring caped heroes a place to eat while comparing notes. If the full amount of the Groupon is not used in one visit, The Donut Professor will issue a gift card with the remaining balance.
The history of Heartland Caf??s building reads like a whirlwind tour through the American psyche. Built in 1919, it's alternately housed a dental office, beauty salon, dance hall, soda fountain, hardware store, and pharmacy. You half expect to find a young George Bailey working behind the counter. Nearly 100 years after the final brick was laid, Heartland Caf? adds modern flair with a smattering of red vinyl and wooden chairs that flank square and round tables. Books tuck into shelving units, and vintage photographs hang on exposed brick walls to give the place a splash of nostalgia. It is an eclectic aesthetic that parallels its eclectic menu?diners can expect to find elk patties, pigs in a blanket, and turkey sandwiches bedecked with cranberry cream cheese sharing page space. And for cafe purists, classic omelets and chicken wraps also star on the menu. During the summer months, Heartland Caf? spills into the outdoors with a Summer Concert Series playing the likes of Lionel Young and Personics.
In 1973, Willy Theisen had two loves: pizza and the classic gangster movie that had just made Francis Ford Coppola a household name. Finding the one thing his two loves shared––Italian tradition––Theisen founded Godfather's Pizza and created its first specialty pie: the Classic Combo.
For decades, the growing pizza chain has served this tasty combination of beef, pepperoni, sausage, onions, black olives, and mushrooms over a bed of mozzarella cheese. Its menu has expanded over the years and now features a full list of specialty and build-your-own pizzas, including gluten-free options.
After Jacobus Stam attained a compliment-baiting reputation for crafting delectable pastries and chocolates at his bakery, Chocolaterie Stam was founded in Amsterdam in 1913 to focus solely on chocolates and sweet treats. Visitors of Chocolaterie Stam's American branches can enjoy a wide range of assorted sweets that contain no wax or preservatives. Savor nearly a century's worth of quality and tradition in every decadent bite, recalling the time when actual gold coins were the de rigueur dessert. Percolate palates with a 14-piece burgundy box ($14.95), a 16-piece jewel box filled with bonbons ($19.95), or a toothsome stack of stroopwafels toting a layer of caramel syrup ($3.95). Additionally, visitors can stop by to soak in the relaxing atmosphere and sip on a flavorful Italian soda, gelato, or hot chocolate instead of converting their home’s crawlspace into a compact café.