Mazzio's Italian Eatery's staff rolls out a buffet for lunch and dinner populated with tasty Italian cuisine that they also serve à la carte. The restaurant's staff has been perfecting its culinary modus operandi for more than 50 years, long enough to evolve the pizza selection to include three levels of thickness. Chefs bake standard, deep-dish, and thin crusts—available in gluten-free form—and load each with toppings such as caramelized onions and giant pepperoni. The kitchen makes pasta plates to order, some baked in the oven, such as lasagna, and some tossed in sauce, such as the mainstay spaghetti and meatballs. The signature calzone radiates the ambrosial scent of pizza dough stuffed with meat and cheese, and it's meant to be shared, unlike a pogo stick.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years, Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, bronzed in 100% refined peanut oil, and kept warm in buttermilk biscuit earmuffs. Like gambling on horse racing, the chicken biscuit is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.
When she was growing up, the owner of Southern Charm Sweets never once helped her grandmother bake a cake. It wasn’t that she didn’t enjoy baking; she just wanted to make her own cake rather than serve as a helper. This independent spirit pushed her to go into business for herself, and with a little help from her family—many of the recipes she uses have been passed down from her grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and aunts—she opened her own home-based bakery.
Today, she creates baked goods and candies in her kitchen, then delivers them for free to nearby homes, businesses, and horses trying to wean themselves off sugar cubes. Her cupcakes and cakes come in nearly 50 flavors, including a line of “drunken” flavors inspired by popular cocktails such as appletinis, fuzzy navels, and strawberry daiquiris. She’ll also set up sweet tables at parties and events where guests can fill bags with homemade buckeyes, peanut brittle, and other treats.
Fresh dough flattens into a circle, crackling gently and browning slightly from heat. This from-scratch tortilla forms the base for the dishes on the Jaco's Tacos menu. Vegetables and meats, which have never been frozen or even seen snow, load up each wrapper, giving it the shape of a burrito, taco, or fajita. Mojave pork and grilled shrimp festoon mexican pizzas built on the warm tortillas and smothered in traditional ingredients. On tables, cool rings of condensation form, ghosts of where margaritas rested. Chatter rises up, past exposed-brick walls and a perimeter of greenery, which converts carbon dioxide from the open windows into oxygen and compliments from botanists. On select evenings, live music thrums beneath the din of conversation and the crunching of crispy tortillas.
Two Sister's Kitchen whips up its signature fried chicken?lauded by Travel Channel and Food & Wine magazine as among the best in the country?in the kitchen of a historic home built in 1902. Six days a week, buffets and chafing dishes serve catfish, cornbread, biscuits, tomato gravy, and other Southern eats. Tables draped in flowered cloths fill the house's cozy dining rooms, and wrought-iron furniture crowns the outdoor patio. The front porch looks out at the capitol building, which serves as a reminder to abide the law about chewing with your mouth closed.