The Diversity Den Café is a coffeehouse and social hub where exquisite potables meet lively community events. The café boasts a variety of specialty caffeinated beverages, such as the indulgent Oreo Diverse latté, made with espresso, steamed milk, peppermint syrup, whipped cream, and topped with a crushed Oreo cookie ($3.50–$4.30, plus $0.50 for extra cookies). Or keep it simple with one of a selection of herbal teas ($1.30–$1.60) or a spiced vanilla chai latté ($3.25–$4.25). An extensive wine and spirit menu, which features beer ($3–$4.50) and classic cocktails ($7–$11), fuels socializing and friendly debates over the etymological origins of Thomas Jefferson. The Diversity Café also lines the empty bellies of its customers with ever-changing meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a steady menu of bagels, muffins, and pastries ($0.59–$1.95).
At PapaRoni's Pizza & Ice Cream, the aroma of freshly made pizzas, calzones, and subs lures customers in for a decadent feeding frenzy. The chefs fleck specialty pizzas in toppings including asiago cheese, provolone, and ground beef, and each of their signature white pizzas hosts fixings on a foundation of house-made garlic sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. A lengthy dessert menu rewards well-behaved taste buds with a selection of sundaes, shakes, and soft-serve ice cream. Guests can sup in the restaurant's casual dining room, or take their meals to go to devour them at home, at the office, or in a rival pizza place’s parking lot.
Martino's authentic Italian menu offers traditional dishes forged from fresh ingredients and swathed in sauce prepared daily. Begin a meal by dunking beer-battered slices of fried zucchini ($5.49) in marinara sauce before corralling house-made meatballs within an edible enclosure of imported Italian spaghetti ($9.95). Pizzas divvy themselves by slice ($2.50 for cheese; $0.50/topping) or fly from the oven as complete saucers ($9.95–$13.95), powered by toppings such as red peppers, pineapple, ground beef, and cheese fusion ($1.75–$2.50/topping). Chefs roll locally sourced chicken cuts in breading before frying them and smothering them in provolone for the chicken parmesan hoagie, served with italian bread and fries ($6.99). Postprandial selections from a battery of 15-20 house-made gelatos sate cravings of all flavors, as long as it's frozen.
In an elegant, family-friendly atmosphere, Max's Ally offers a mix of updated comfort fare and fresh, upscale dishes. Smack tongue buds with flavorful dinner starters such as the five-spice tuna, served rare with a mango-avocado slaw and wasabi aioli ($9.95), or sneak an entourage of fried green tomatoes, stone-ground yellow grits, country ham, leek fondue, and tomato jus past the velvet rope of your mouth club ($7.95). Jed's Pork Chop in a cider reduction rubs elbows with a sweet-potato puree, wilted spinach, and Granny Smith apple slaw ($16.95), and the Just for the Veggies plate teams up handpicked seasonal vegetables with parmesan risotto or couscous ($12.95) for a culinary all-star team.
In 1978, brothers Eugene and John Jetts lent their name to the sign above their pizza shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In the more than 30 years that followed, they’ve lost one of the Ts but gained more than 300 franchises across the country. Jet’s Pizza churns out thin-crust rounds and signature square-shaped pies in hearty deep-dish form. The eight-corner deep-dish style lets each member of a dining octet enjoy a slice of corner crust without fearing the paper cuts inherent in triangle slices. After loading pizzas with heaps of meats and veggies, guests have the liberty of flavorizing their crust for free, choosing from eight options such as garlic, sesame seed, Cajun, or poppy seed. To augment pies, Jet's chefs whip up triple-cheese turbo sticks filled with mozzarella, cheddar, and romano as well as regular and boneless wings draped in hot or sweet sauces.
The Charlotte Observer featured the Concord location of El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant and three TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. Five Yelpers give the Monroe location of El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant an average of three stars and seven Citysearchers give it an average of five stars.