An uber-extensive menu of Italy’s favorite dishes are recreated day after day inside Papa Louie’s Pizzeria. Piles of penne and spaghetti pair with fresh italian bread ready to be dunked into a medley of sauces for their own Rorschach test. Chicken, eggplant, and veal change costumes with a marsala, parmigiana, and francaise dressing. The staff bakes 15 specialty pizzas that come in circles or squares, just like the schoolwork given to kindergartners and the most advanced babies. Heros sandwiches are chockfull of baked eggplant, buffalo chicken, and Nani’s famous meatballs. The catering leg of Papa Louie’s Pizzeria feeds partygoers at myriad celebrations: graduations, birthdays, and surprise spring-cleaning parties.
At Sabroso, all the attention is on the food. Actually, it would be hard to concentrate on anything else in a room like this one, where the aromas of authentic Dominican cuisine are everpresent. One of the only restaurants of its kind in the area, Sabroso is the brainchild of owner Omar, who used to travel to New York City to get his hands on authentic Dominican cooking. He'd often go so far as to bring back special food orders for friends and family. Today, the community need look no further to get their fill. The menu opens with teasers like golden-brown empanadas and moves on to bigger dishes like tender oxtail stew, skirt steak cooked over an open flame, and flounder filets draped in a homemade red sauce.
The treats may be frozen, but that doesn't mean they're not flexible. That's because the colorful self-serve dispensers that line Yogurt Crazy?s bright purple walls are equipped to send a rotating lineup of 12 different frozen-yogurt flavors into cups, including nonfat, low-fat, and dairy-free varieties. Guests mix and match their own creations, choosing from flavors as diverse as pomegranate-raspberry tart and Heath toffee. Each swirl of yogurt can then be outfitted with kiwi, Reese's Pieces, and other selections from the topping bar?s 36 mix-ins, which means that patrons can customize their frozen desserts without the gooey mess of branding them with a hot iron.
Kansas City Smokehouse’s hickory-wood smokers slow-cook succulent meats in the tradition of Missouri barbecue masters. Barbecued meets, including beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked kielbasa pile on plates by the quarter pound. Tender st. louis ribs or one half of a barbecued chicken share platter space with cornbread and classic sides, such as Cajun rice, collard greens, baked beans, and sweet-potato fries. Chefs dust catfish and skewered shrimp in their signature kansas city dry rub, searing in the spices on a cast-iron griddle heated with their laser vision. Nineteen craft and domestic beers accent the smoky hues, or pair up with a bevy of burgers or steaks.
The friendly family behind Borrelli's has preserved its flair for fresh and flavorful Italian fare for more than 55 years. The newly remodeled space features exposed brick and polished floors, swathing prospective diners in a warm domestic embrace before eager eyes scan the extensive menu. The combination appetizer platter lets tastemakers mix a trio of their favorite hit singles, resulting in an edible jukebox of the fried zucchini's commanding croon and the homemade mini meatballs' entrancing polka symphonies ($15.95). The shrimp marinara entree tantalizes tongues with a succulent seafood gondola ride across the stomach canal ($17.95), and the Chicken Borrelli pleases the palate with well-mannered charm ($16.95). Pie pilots can swoop toward the savory pizza margherita ($15 for a 10-inch, $21 for a 14-inch, $23 for a 16-inch) before a safe landing at the spumoni's strawberry helipad ($3.95).
Zorn's award-winning fried chicken comes in old-fashioned boxes, buckets, and gigantic baskets with homemade fixins and all-time-favorite sides. Pair a half-chicken dinner for one (rotisserie-style $8.49, fried $9.99) with two of sixteen sides such as creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, or garlic mashed potatoes ($2.39 individual, $4.29 large). Or, high-five Freud with a bucket o' breasts: four plump, juicy pieces of skinless white meat Southern-fried to a deep-golden, crunchy glow ($12.99). For a competitive-eating party, pour 50 barbecued wings from a bucket onto the table and devour a path to glory ($29.95). Click here to see the full menu.