On a warm August day in 1938, a father and son unveiled the first sample of what was to become Dairy Queen, selling 1,600 samples on the first day, a feat as unheard of as a dragon that breathes ice. Its ensuing prolific expansion was fueled by its frozen treats, which propelled the dessert shop from 100 stores in 1947 to 1,446 in 1950. Today, their dessert recipes remain largely unchanged, and Dairy Queen has added hearty grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and fried chicken to its menu. Dairy Queen's enormous dessert menu boasts treats ranging from soft-serve cones and blizzards filled with cookies to takeaway ice-cream sandwiches and cakes.
Referencing the tasty time-honored recipes of his grandmother, J. Gumbo's founder, Billy Fox Jr., designed a comforting menu of home-style sustenance. All dishes are prepared using only the freshest ingredients and zestiest spices available, as well as enough love to turn a wooden puppet into a real boy and a sock puppet into a foot. Dive fork first into a hearty bowl of jambalaya, bursting with tender chicken, sausage, and the ubiquitous "trinity" of Cajun cuisine: bell pepper, onion, and celery ($6.50). To deliciously deny the impending mitten season, wrap your hands around a voodoo-chicken po' boy sandwich, a belly-warming feast of spicy chicken and green onions atop french bread ($7.25). The menu is friendly to mild-mannered and thrill-seeking diners alike, with each entree item labeled according to heat––one hot-sauce bottle denotes mild, whereas three signifies a concentration of capsaicin powerful enough to send tongues rocketing to the sub-zero climes of Pluto in search of relief.
At this North High Street eatery, feasters feed on falafel, hummus, and other favorites from its fresh, made-to-order Mediterranean menu. Peckish patrons can sink their teeth into Ali Baba's chicken shawarma, which is marinated, roasted, and freed from its rotisserie nest before alighting in a pita's pocket ($5.99). Ali Baba's falafel sandwich is jam-packed with fried orbs of chickpeas appetizingly amplified with chopped parsley and savory spices, equipping taste buds for delectable rounds of garbanzo kickball ($3.99). Deliberating diners or curious consumers can opt for the sampler platter, which includes your choice of salads served with falafel, shawarma, and two pieces of fresh pita ($10.99).
Taste of Belgium follows an authentic family recipe to make its waffles out of thick dough and coarse Belgian beet sugar. A specialized cast-iron press then crushes the dough into its distinctive waffle shape and caramelizes the sugar in the process. This gives the waffle a rich vanilla flavor and a delightful sweetness that doesn't require syrup. As such, you can eat waffles on the go without plates, forks, or Catholic guilt.
The Gateway Film Center prides itself on featuring "a diverse mix of independent and commercial films." It makes sense, then, that The Torpedo Room?the center's in-house restaurant?should also feature a mix of genuine crowd-pleasers and more unusual fare. For instance, guests might order an artisanal sandwich with a side of cheesy movie theater popcorn, or they might dine on flatbread pizza and gourmet macaroni and cheese. While dining, they can enjoy wine, beer, or cocktails politely described as "boozy."
The restaurant's dimly lit interior is reminiscent of a movie theater or, as the name implies, a submarine. The walls feature nautical images, framed in porthole windows and back-lit. Above such installations sit projection screens, where classic movies such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea often play. While the cocktails and atmosphere may say "nightlife," the Torpedo Room also serves Sunday brunch for afternoon moviegoers. Brunch meals include options such as bottomless silver dollar pancakes, an all-you-can-eat plating of just the tops of the pancakes.