The result of a variety of visits to Italy by two childhood friends sharing an intense love of coffee, Blanell Coffee was brewed on a hotplate of passion to deliver American audiences fine Italian coffees and accessories. The distributor dispenses coffees from brands such as Lucaffe, Pellini, Passalacqua, and New York Caffe. These brands cater to coffee connoisseurs that prefer espresso pods, pre-ground batches, grinding their own beans with their shaking teeth. To brighten drinks with flavors such as passion fruit, almond, and amaretto, Blanell Coffee also purveys syrups from Monin—a century-old French company.
Shelby Campbell’s executive chef Carolyn Stec decorates plates with a menu of upscale twists on classic pub fare. An extensive beer list supplies sudsy refreshments and fuel for conversations about moon lassoing with bottles ($3.25–$6.25) and pints ($4.25–$5.25) that complement any entree, including the Steak Shelby’s ($18.95) a 12-ounce rib eye basted with wild-mushroom butter and served with fried onions and mashed potatoes. Pizzas ($7.95–$18.95) create saucy foodscapes with seven types of cheese, seven varieties of meaty morsel, and fruits and veggies to stoke palate imaginations. For bellies seeking an old standby, the hearty Shelby burger ($8.95) dresses for the occasion in applewood-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and a choice of cheese, with a mushroom-butter cummerbund.
The path through Hibachi Grill Buffet has six checkpoints. The first two are at the salad and fruit stations, where travelers can fill plates with colorful, healthy foods that start meals off on the right foot. An international flair accents the next three stations, with one dedicated to Asian cuisine, another to American cuisine, and yet another to Italian cuisine. Before heading back to the table, eaters can finish off trays with selections from dessert station’s sweets, which typically include self-scoop ice cream. In addition to these six buffet stations, Hibachi Grill Buffet has an area with sushi and an area where cooks grill meats as they’re ordered.
The sandwich engineers at Rammy's Sub Contractors infuse savory breadstacks with house-made chipotle mayo and horseradish mayo. Meat mavens slow-roast Italian beef to lay the foundation for sandwiches including the Rammy's Radical, which houses a potent triumvirate of pesto, garlic spread, and provolone cheese. Guests can order at a counter backed with orange and black construction stripes, then settle into booths to dig into gargantuan oven-baked sandwiches with the help of tableside forklifts.