No More 'To Go' is the product of more than a decade's worth of meal planning by busy mom Stacey. She's taken her family's favorite healthy dinners and compiled them into an easily shareable format, complete with shopping lists and tips on how to make each dish vegetarian, gluten-free, or suitable for astronauts. Stacey believes in the benefits of gathering around the dinner table each evening, citing the higher nutritional value of home-cooked eats when compared with that of fast food, as well as the opportunity to bond with kids and instill in them fancy table manners.
Continuing the Italian tradition of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), Pizzeria Venti hand-tosses a handful of oven-baked, circular pies teeming with trans-fat-free toppings. Like a repertory theater, Venti's homespun crust acts as a stage for more than 20 pizza performances. The pillowy crusts are pedestals for varieties such as house-made italian sausage, seasoned with fennel, fresh basil, and herbs ($3.50 for a slice) or chicken vesuvio which touts a roasted breast of chicken, mushrooms, black olives and garlic ($4.75 per slice). Though pizza prevails as Venti's main attraction, the menu is also stocked with baked pastas ($6.50+), salads ($6+), and soups ($3+) to create a culinary lineup that is more well-rounded than a reconstructed Humpty Dumpty.
In the Oscar-winning movie Forrest Gump, one of the title character's best pals, Bubba, lists more than 20 ways one can cook shrimp. Though the chefs at Fish Bone Grill—which is now celebrating 30 years in business—don’t cover them all, they come pretty close. The Fish Bone team tends to stick to a few staples—crab legs, catfish, and oysters in addition to shrimp—but there’s hardly a lack of variety on their menu. Patrons can order the fresh seafood in any number of ways, including golden fried, blackened, sautéed in a New Orleans–style stir-fry, mixed in an étouffée, or hidden inside a piñata. The chefs also incorporate additional fresh seafood, such as salmon, mahi-mahi, tilapia, sea scallops, and alaskan snow-crab legs into a few of their specialties, and they even throw in a few land-faring meals such as chicken-breast sandwiches and chicken tenders. Regardless of your order, the portions are always generous, encouraging you to grab a beer and stick around to enjoy the fun, vibrant atmosphere of this modern throwback to an old oyster bar.
Don’t let it’s reputation as a take-out restaurant deceive you into thinking Cigarz Bona Pizza is fast food. Everything here is prepared fresh each day—from the Mediterranean specialties to the calzones and pizzas. Chefs mash up chickpeas, garlic, tahini sauce, and lemon to make hummus and fire up curry-seasoned chicken to make kabobs. As for their pizzas, they include any number of fresh toppings, such as feta and ricotta cheese, meatballs, and capers. They also come pre-loaded in 14 specialty pies that, like a half-licked lollipop found in a time capsule, boast a tried-and-tasty flavor.
Jake's menu showcases an American classic the way it should be—sandwiched between buns and smothered with fixings. Cut to the beefy face-crashing chase with an order of French fries ($1.59) or Jumpin' Jake fries (battered and seasoned, $1.79), followed immediately by a meaty mouthful of Jake's Special, a 20-year burger favorite with double meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Thousand–Island dressing ($5.99). Or, deliberate a while and try the Texas–Chili burger (double meat with chili, cheese, onions, and Jake's hickory sauce, $6.29) or the Flaming Rooster, a grilled-chicken sandwich with hot mustard, Monterey jack, and fresh pico de gallo ($5.99). Vegans and vegetarians need not fret; the veggie burger crushes any misplaced meat-cravings with a meat-free fist of spicy black beans and choice of toppings ($6.29). Make Norman Rockwell proud with a $2.95 chocolate malt for dessert.
Today's Groupon hugs your food zone with arms made out of breakfast potatoes. For $10, you’ll get $20 of fare and liquid fare at Bonnie Ruth’s Café and Catering, a quaint munchery favored for its fresh pastries and cozy qualities that make it perfect for taking a date or Michael Rapaport. Unsure of Brunch’s effect on humans, Hooft first tested his discovery on baboons, who rejected both the meal’s timing and its contents. Driven mad by his failures, Hooft’s research took a terrifying and irresponsible turn: he began testing Brunch on his own family without their consent. Hooft, badly needing funding to continue his work, then sold his research to several rogue states. In 2006, Zimbabwean strongman Robert Mugabe was put on trial for imposing Brunch on his own people.