Dan Weinberger makes sure his sandwich-smiths are thoroughly trained to make subs, brats, and deli sandwiches the same way his father did when the original shop opened in Chicago in 1952. The italian beef upholds the legacy of sandwich artistry with a recipe that, like the lindy hop and disapproval of the lindy hop, hails from the 1920s. A spit turns beef and lamb meat roasting for gyros, and buns cradle all-beef hot dogs and sausages. The selection of subs is heavy on Italian deli meats such as hot capicola, mortadella, and genoa salami, but there's a special menu section for vegetarians, too.
Behind the counter at Top That! Pizza, a colorful collection of more than 30 toppings, 10 cheeses, and 8 sauces await each pizza-lover’s creativity. They first pick from three crusts, including honey wheat, then choose sauces such as Thai peanut and basil pesto to adorn their personal-sized pies. Lastly, they select from locally sourced toppings such as marinated ribeye, Polish sausage, and applewood bacon, as well as regional cheeses including asiago and gorgonzola, before their creation is baked to a golden crisp in just three minutes. Customers can then sit down to enjoy their customized pie at the restaurant, or take it home. It’s the concept of combining choice, quality, and speed come to fruition that Top That’s creators envisioned years ago. Today, locations stretch across Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado, and menus make room for baked dishes such as chicken alfredo and meatball marinara.
Yogurt Fusion is living proof that you can indulge without compromising your health. Its tasty treats are certified to contain live and active probiotic cultures by the National Yogurt Association; these probiotic cultures aid in digestion and strengthen the immune system, among other health benefits. Each sugar- and aspartame-free, kosher-certified dollop also contains whey protein and minimal carbs. Nonfat, low-fat, and gluten-free options abound. Surrounded by bright, colorful decor, guests can create their own fro-yo masterpieces, mixing and matching a diverse selection of creamy, fruity, citrusy, and sweet flavors before accenting them with more than 50 toppings. Aside from fro-yo, Yogurt Fusion pours invigorating espressos to give clients an energy boost or a quick antidote to brain freeze.
Deriving its name from the Greek word for "invite," Kaleo Cafe Bubble Tea + Coffee does its best to welcome visitors into its bright, modern space with black-and-white art and comfy leather chairs. The menu similarly greets taste buds with the sweet, comforting flavors of bubble teas and smoothies, as well as a sweeping variety of hot and cold coffee beverages. Behind the counter, blenders whir with specialty drinks such as a Minnie's Magic smoothie with Oreos, bananas, strawberry, and chocolate. At the espresso machine, baristas pour frothy hot milk into pumpkin-spice and Milky Way lattes and blend cool white-mocha drinks with ice or frozen hunks of Mountain Dew for the most under-caffeinated patrons.
Sunlight floods through the windows of Loco Cafe, mingling with steam rising from freshly baked biscuits and griddled brown-butter hash browns. Though the café serves up the huevos rancheros, cornmeal johnnycakes, and grilled cheese sandwiches of homey Mexican and mainland American cuisine, it takes its name from the loco moco—a mainstay of Hawaiian diner fare. The meal combines hash browns, eggs, and steak or bacon in an appetizing and architecturally impressive stack, served with zesty salsa or savory biscuits and gravy. Diners looking for lighter meals chow down on plates of caramelized grapefruit or homemade smoked chicken soup. Drinks include pecan-tinged coffee or iced tea in flavors such as caramel, mint, hibiscus, and blueberry.
There's no one source for the recipes at Los Toreros. Inside this chic, family-owned restaurant, chefs blend traditional Mexican recipes with unique elements borrowed from other world cuisines to create a menu of Mex-fusion favorites. That means you might start with tapas like Mexican shrimp cocktail or coconut shrimp before moving on to inspired entrees, such as a poblano pepper stuffed with apples and pineapple and topped with chopped pecans. But traditional Mexican cuisine still takes center stage here, with popular favorites such as vegetarian enchiladas, tacos stuffed with juicy steak, brisket, or tilapia, gigantic burritos stuffed with shredded beef, as well as street tacos, fajitas, housemade tamales, and more.