Gray House Pies gorges pastry-seeking pilgrims with all-natural gooey, crusty goodness. Pies are created the old-fashioned way with fresh fruit, free-range eggs, bona fide sweet butter, and organic milk. The menu overflows with dessert and entree treats such as pumpkin pecan pie ($15–$20), apple and cheddar quiche ($13–$18), and mocha cream pie ($15–$20). Gray House also packs 27 pub pies—including Dahl pie, an Indian blend of lentils, rice, and curry spices; meatloaf and gravy pie; and spaghetti and meatballs pie ($3.75)—giving hungry hot-rodders a selection of savory spinners to fill their wheel wells.
The sandwich savants at Cyclone Pitas wrap fresh produce, high-quality meats, and an assortment of cheese in Mediterranean-style pita bread. Cyclone Pitas' breadsmiths bake their signature pitas on-site daily to maximize freshness and instill ovens with a diligent work ethic, and their doughy efforts encase a variety of fillings from the Brazen Bull's roast beef, horseradish, and pepper jack cheese ($6.95) to the thai chicken's spicy peanut sauce and avocado ($6.95). Vegetarian wraps include the Garden Grove, a mélange of cucumbers, sprouts, and sandwich-cementing vegetable spread ($5.95), and the Say Cheese, a cultured trio of provolone, swiss, and pepper jack drizzled in house dressing ($5.25). The restaurant also showcases 10-inch pita pizzas ($4.95–$6.95), thin crusts mounded with pizza's greatest hits such as barbecue chicken, pepperoni, and cassette singles of "Free Bird."
The focus of El Arepazo Y Pupuseria is right in its name: arepas and pupusas, two dishes native to Colombia and El Salvador, respectively. The recipes are similar, but seasoned with subtle regional differences. Chefs mix corn flour or masa with water and salt, forming the dough into patties that they lightly fry and fill with cheese, beef, or pork. They also fashion savory empanadas and steam tamales inside hatboxes. Entrees include options such as a plate with colombian sausage, pork, egg, avocado, and plantains, and come in large portions that encourage family-style dining.
Famous Gyro George's food-slinging chefs follow the cooking instructions listed on a menu that has dishes for every meal of the day. Sate egg cravings with a big breakfast platter of two eggs, two big pancakes, and four pieces of sausage ($6.99), or partake in lunch-focused fare with a famous philly gyro, which collects grilled mushroom, onions, and swiss cheese and stores them in the welcoming folds of a homemade pita ($6.99). A double-cheeseburger-deluxe combo slams two hamburger patties with lettuce, onion, tomato, and cheese, and balances the plate with fresh-cut fries and a fountain drink ($5.99). Dine post-dusk at one of George's 24-hour restaurants, which are open 24 hours a day in honor of Mark McGwire's age in 1988. Click here to view each location's hours.
Fresh fruit is all well and good, but it doesn't play to most Americans' lazy stance on chewing. Today's Groupon turns healthy fruit into healthy-smooth smoothies: for $6, you get $10 worth of fruit-based libations and nutritious foods at Robeks in North Olmsted. Juice smoothies are an excellent tool for healthy lifestyles and are a delicious strategy for getting your daily fruits and veggies that doesn't involve pretending to be a Nigerian prince with a surplus of money and a surfeit of bananas.