Creamery on Main's troop of gregarious servers dishes out treats for all times of the day, including bagels, sandwiches, and ice cream. Morning munchers can replace their flasks of ground corn flakes with a cereal bar ($2), while lunchtime and dinnertime eaters can wrap mitts around a pulled-turkey, pulled-pork, or hamburger sandwich ($5). Fill upside-down wizard hats with up to four scoops of ice cream ($4.25) before strewing them with various toppings, such as M&M's, peanuts, and Oreo crumbles ($0.50 each for all toppings). Mountain-climbing cherries scale the whipped-cream peaks of ice-cream sundaes ($3.75–$4.50), and patrons can slurp up milk shakes that are blended as liquid likenesses of their favorite ice-cream flavor ($3.50–$4.50). Inside Creamery on Main, inviting pink tones swaddle diners, and full-grown and pintsize tables provide seating for all ages of dairy devotees. Black-and-white snapshots hung up on walls capture moments, including kids happily soothing their throats after getting a tonsillectomy or swallowing a pinecone.
Ingredient sculptors at Lee Gribben's on Main sear up succulent seafood and steak while an in-house pastry chef dotes over decadent epilogues. Meat and seafood dishes share equal billing on the dinner menu, where they share a bunk in the surf 'n' turf plate. At lunch, chefs stuff chicken, roast beef, and veggies inside slices of bread or nearby UPS packages for quick delivery to the mouth. The deft pastry chefs at Lee Gribben's on Main handcraft an array of sinful desserts, including boston cream cake, cheesecake, and crème brûlée torched. Guests can dine inside, where vibrant, modern artwork pops against marbled green walls, or outside on the patio. Trivia and karaoke nights encourage guests to stick around and head to the full bar for after-dinner drinks.
Like their recipes, the Mannino family comes from Sicily. At Italiano Delite, they and their chefs keep up the rich tradition of genuine Sicilian fare through a rustic menu filled with the likes of pasta and meatballs, baked lasagna, and penne alla vodka, as well as gluten-free and low-carb options. Their 30 specialty pizzas such as the Philly cheesesteak add greater variety to family-style eating, while their midday buffets please both belly and eye with a feast-worthy spread of hot and cold appetizers, pastas, entrees, and salads.
The Burgery Company's menu shakes up the classic construction of an American standard by using fresh, local ingredients and a cornucopia of protein options to suit all tastes. Defying the austerity of the plain––yet delicious––beef burger ($6.25), the roadrunner ostrich burger slathers itself in vibrant mango relish, plaintain crisps, and a fake accent ($12.95) to appeal to roving, worldly stomachs, as two varieties of veggie patties ($6.95) quell voracious vegetable appetites with the fresh taste of flame-kissed unmeats.
With 20 types of regionally inspired hot dogs—from Coney Island's cheddar and chili to Key West's pineapple and finely shredded Hemingway novel—Downtown Dogs certainly lives up to its name. But there's more to this throwback diner than just dogs. There's also half-pound burgers, hand-made daily from locally raised beef and piled high with bacon, fried onions, and Frank's Red Hots, along with Philly cheese steaks. The desserts—think hand-dipped ice cream cones, milkshakes, and fizzy root beer floats—are as classic as the diner's decor, which features red booths and checkered linoleum floors.
In 1953, an appetizing aroma began trickling out from a little storefront at 19th and Cheltenham. The smell of fresh bread, chopped onions, pastrami, and cheesesteaks wafted from the first Lee's Hoagie House, and now similar scents can be found at 17 separate locations. Food is made-to-order to ensure that each customer gets just the thing to sate cravings, whether that's a classic hoagie, buffalo wings, or anything else on the menu. In addition to walk-up orders, Lee's supplies revelers with gargantuan party hoagies—three feet of meat, cheese, and veggies that can feed up to 12.