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Since 1954, dough-sculpting artisans at LaRosa’s have crafted a menu of delectable Italian specialties using heaps of fresh ingredients and a family recipe. An array of tasty pies awaits hungry visitors, from the double pepperoni ($5.99–$14.99) to the buffalo chicken, which entertains a devoted entourage of black olives, tomatoes, and jalapeños ($6.79–$19.99). Customers can also hire toppings for freelance work on pizzas of their own creation ($4.79–$12.99 plus toppings). Shy meats and veggies hide inside calzones, such as the Philly cheesesteak calzone, which provides a toasted cavern of shelter for sirloin, white cheddar, onions, and stray cheese ($5.99). In addition, LaRosa’s boasts a spectrum of hoagys, salads, and pasta and offers a sweet adieu to finished meals with a dessert of Italian crème cake ($4.89) or cinnamon-sugar dippers ($3.99).
To the head baker of Sweet Eats Bake Shop, gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan desserts should be every bit as flavorsome as their sugar-filled counterparts. She whips ups all her tasty treats from scratch, and instead of relying on chemically derived sugar substitutes, she swaps in organic agave nectar, honey, and fruit juices, and replaces vegetable oil with pumpkin or applesauce. To further refine her wide variety of tasty treats—including cupcakes, moon pies, cookies, and fudge—she mixes in unsalted creamery butter and fresh-fruit purees from local farmers. Her mouthwatering baked goods hit the road in their food truck and can sweeten special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, or graduations.
An aviation-themed pizzeria, Christy's Family Pizzeria battles hunger with freshly baked flying dough saucers and a menu that promises squadrons of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Bite into a 9-inch Butcher Shop specialty pizza ($11.45), stacked with pepperoni and bacon and wrapped in nutritious newspaper, or sample a 9-inc Farmer's Market pizza ($11.45) that saves you the work of growing mushrooms, banana peppers, and baked dough yourself. Oven-born Italian hoagies ($5.25/half) jostle with grill fruits such as cheeseburgers ($4.35) and chopped sirloin ($5.25) for the favor of omnivores hungrily eyeing the menu. Patrons can stay to savor Christy's casual ambiance or hurry home with a specialty pie to share with the ghosts in their refrigerators.
Smashburger isn't just the name?it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.
This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.
The Winans family has been making lives a little sweeter for more than a century. During the Great Depression, townspeople would flock to the family’s bakery in Piqua with their sugar rations. Owner Wayne Winans would take that sugar and turn it into freshly baked cookies—a small pick-me-up at a time when even small pick-me-ups were a luxury. Years later, Wayne’s sons, Max and Dick, carried the family torch into the 1960s, when the first Winans Fine Chocolates & Coffees was born.
Today, the Winans family continues to do what it does best at three Ohio locations. All of the business’s chocolates are handmade, with no preservatives or fillers, and never cryogenically frozen. The family’s emphasis on freshness carries over to their coffee, too, which has frequently been named the area's best by the readers of the Dayton Business Journal and the Dayton Daily News. The secret is in their roasting process—their small, 15-pound roaster requires them to roast the beans in small batches, which leads to a more consistent product. Once the beans are ready, coffee artisans carefully combine them with other roasts to create a vast assortment of flavors, which includes 11 house coffee blends, 12 flavored coffees, and even more seasonal selections.
Shen's Szechuan & Sushi's experienced chef, who hails from Chongqing, China, fuses spicy Chinese dishes with Japanese plates for a pan-Asian experience during lunch and dinner. Formerly Mr. Lee's, Shen's Szechuan & Sushi underwent a name transformation when Mr. Lee retired and his former steadfast employee, Shen, took over as the owner and head chef. Food from the Szechuan province is characterized by peppercorn and hot pepper, which is why doctors advise patients to avoid rubbing it in paper cuts. At Shen's, the piquant flavor profile takes the forms of peppercorn calamari with jalapeños, spicy dumplings, and Cheng Du pork, which is fried with garlic, ginger, and Szechuan chili pepper. Classic and relatively mild sushi rolls, such as those of the tuna and California varieties, complement the fiery entrees. Sleek tables, soft booths with undulating backboards, and minimalist hanging lamps imbue the dining room with a modern feel, which is warmed up with an amber color palette and traditional Eastern patterns. Wooden sushi boats artfully showcase a rainbow of fresh fish, echoing the room's square-wood columns and the colorful filigree that ornaments massive vases. A flat-screen television and an overhead projector enable guests to personalize parties that they host in the restaurant, and a space for live music gives runaway chopsticks a chance to try the drums.:m]]