Munchies boasts a simple menu of fast Mexican-American fare, as well as all-inclusive meals for two. For this dine-in or takeout feast, customers can select one appetizer, such as chips and queso (a $3.79 value), to kick things off. With just six types of entrees including burritos, tacos, salads, and quesadillas, guests can spend their evenings engrossed in riveting conversation with dates or indecisive litigators rather than fretting over what to order. Two entrees, such as 12-inch carnitas burrito with slow-roasted pulled pork (a $9.27 value) and a chicken quesadilla (an $8.72 value), stuff stomachs, and two beverages wash it all down (a $3.90 total value).
Voted Best New Orleans Dessert by Citysearch in 2005, Flour Power delivers high-quality confectionery treats for all occasions. The bakery concocts a bevy of carefully crafted eight-inch roundies, including chocolate strawberry shortcake, a cocoa-laced twist on the original with six layers of chocolate cake filled with fresh strawberries and vanilla cream, and topped with rich chocolate shavings and chocolate-covered strawberries. A smaller version of Flour Power's specialty wedding cake, an amaretto-soaked white cake filled with almond cream and donning a top hat of decorated butter icing, allows children to hold pretend wedding receptions. And a White Russian, a chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and Kahlua filling, lets dessertists experience an eight-inch edible cocktail.
Edamame soybeans ($3.95) and miso soup ($2.29) prep the palate for excursions upon Bonzai's menu of traditional and specialty sashimi and sushi rolls. A heavenly eel roll ($10.95) tightly ensnares thin slivers of eel, cream cheese, and avocado within a sticky rice corral, and the rock-‘n’-roll ($8.39) raucously announces itself with the crunch of shrimp tempura. Bonzai Sushi concocts a plethora of house rolls ($4.49 / each) alongside a spread of riceless options, such as the soy-wrap-bound Bonzai roll ($11.95). Bento meals ($6.95–$10.95) singularly satisfy appetites with the savory combination of house sushi rolls, sashimi, salad, soup, and a drink. Toddlers delight at a selection of diminutive edibles including a cheese quesadilla ($6.29) and snow crab minis ($6.29), which can be repurposed for small-scale reenactments of mythical crab-versus-UFO battles.
Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco began helping out at his family?s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon. The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat?s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 450 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh cheeses.
It's no small feat to whip up one of The Olive Branch Café's gourmet pizzas. The painstaking process begins long before lunchtime, with chefs preparing dough fresh for the day each morning. There's barely a moment to rest before orders begin flying in and the pizza makers spring into action, showering crusts with housemade sauces and high-quality cheeses. Their brows furrowed in concentration, their hands blurs, they layer pizzas with fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and fine spanish olives. Once the pies arrive triumphantly to the dining room, the chefs turn their attention to thick muffuletta subs, plump meatball calzones, and the jambalaya pastas that caught the attention of Gambit’s Best of New Orleans guide.
Out in the casual dining room, beneath warm red walls peppered with abstract art, guests clink glasses, feeling more content than a robot in a microchip factory. There, owner Russell "Rusty" Autry often strolls around the room, greeting newcomers and exchanging jokes with regulars.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop?s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M?s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.