The Lollino family has a long tradition of talented Italian coffee roasters and chefs, fortified by a passion that spans generations. It inspired them to open Massa Italian Cafe & Gelateria using the cooking methods and recipes that had been passed on in their family for years. Spanning the culinary history of Italy, the menu boasts grilled paninis, hearty pasta dishes, and 11" thin crust pizzas with a wide variety of toppings. The centerpiece of the eatery's menu is its espresso bar, with steaming cups of pure espresso or blends such as the caramelccino, cookies-n-cream, and a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso inside. Every morning, the staff makes more than 30 flavors of Gelato onsite, from vanilla and pistachio to spumoni and melon sorbet, and they've spent hours mixing and matching flavors to make specialty treats such as the domenica - two scoops of gelato topped with whipped cream, nuts, and an Italian wafer cookie.
The cooks at Wingstop put the ubiquitous phrase, “It tastes like chicken,” to the test. This is because they serve bone-in or boneless chicken wings in 10 different flavors, based on recipes from around America. They slather hawaiian-style wings in a sweet, mild sauce, or bedeck louisiana-rub wings in a dry blend of spices. They also cater to extreme spice-cravers with an amped up buffalo sauce named atomic, for its ability to disintegrate taste buds and convert them into electricity to power a deep fryer. They pair their hearty servings of wings with tasty sides, most notably fresh-cut, seasoned fries made from Idaho potatoes.
Just over two decades ago, three brothers had an idea. They wanted to open a restaurant where you could get a home-style meal without dirtying your own kitchen—a place where kids, adults, and seniors would all feel welcome to unwind. They opened Elmwood Family Restaurant based on these ideals and have been striving to uphold them ever since. The chefs plate up classic diner and supper club fare from breakfast to dinner, and the bartenders pour beers, wines, and old-fashioned cocktails alike. Most of the sandwiches and entrees come with a complimentary bowl of soup, which is perfect for warming up on a cold day or filling water balloons in the summer.
There may have been a time when Gene & Jude?s? fame was limited solely to Chicagoans, but in the seventh decade of this iconic hot dog stand?s existence, it appears the secret had been let out. In 2006, Gene & Jude?s was inducted into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. In 2011, the magazine Every Day with Rachel Ray named it the best hot dog stand in the country. But those in the know have been lining up for a juicy Chicago-style hot dog topped with mustard, onion, relish, sport peppers, and crispy fresh-cut fries?Gene & Jude?s? own special touch?since 1946. The no-nonsense hot dog stand has no seating, just a few wall-mounted counters where customers can stand, although diners will be tempted to devour their food before they walk away from the register. And of course, standing by the traditions that have made them famous, they refuse to serve ketchup.