Known as “Shelly Kelly Girls,” the waitresses and bartenders at Shelly Kelly’s Irish Pub follow a uniform dress code of tank tops, skin-tight shorts, and platefuls of classic Irish pub food. The ladies deliver Reuben sandwiches, golden-fried fish and chips, and hearty bangers and mash fresh from the kitchen, all while a live band serenades the crowd. Patrons can enjoy the music at the bar in the company of a Guinness, or, during the summer months, move outdoors and swizzle whiskey drinks with patio umbrellas. On nights sans a live band, plasma TVs, pool tables, and electronic darts occupy the time between ordering and eating.
Hippo’s Restaurant is a successful “Chicago Style” hot dog and sandwich restaurant, based in Troy MI, serving satisfied guests for over 23 years. Hippo’s Restaurant’s “Chicago Style” theme and menu offer restaurant goers a “taste” of an enormously popular and well loved dining fare enjoyed by millions in the Chicago area.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
In woks at Bangkok Cuisine, snow peas, shrimp, napa cabbage, and scallops snap sizzling drumrolls over the stove. Ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia mingle in traditional Thai dishes, which also draw on the culinary traditions of the country’s neighbors. Catfish fillets marinate before chefs cover them in breading and chili sauce, and shrimp, scallops, and squid evoke Thailand’s palm-tree-sprinkled coast. Chefs tailor each dish’s spiciness to individual palates, delighting daring diners with thai peppers hotter than two astronauts hugging on Mars. Fusion dishes include Chinese staples such as sweet-and-sour sauce.
Awarded the Best Casual Entree people's-choice title during PNC Bank's Taste of Troy in 2011, Slab 'N Slice keeps ovens occupied with house-marinated wings, fresh deep-dish pizza, and steaming pastas in made-from-scratch alfredo and marinara sauces. To view the entire menu, click here.
Before Shawn Randazzo even opened his own pizzeria, he was already an internationally recognized pizza maker. In 2012, Shawn entered the International Pizza Challenge at the International Pizza Expo, a renowned industry trade show that brings together the world's best pizza artisans. There, he was awarded with two honors: Pizza Maker of the Year and Best American-Pan Pizza.
It's not surprising that he claimed the country's best pan pizza considering the meticulous preparation involved. His square steel pans?synonymous with Detroit-style pies?have the same design as the ones mechanics use to catch small parts or the tears of busted carburetors while working on cars. It takes three hours to prepare each pan, as they go through several cycles of being coated in seasoning and then heated in the oven until the flavor is quite literally baked in. The steel construction ensures even heat distribution, leaving the deep-dish crust perfectly baked each time.
It was coming off his Pizza Expo victory that Shawn was inspired to open Detroit Style Pizza Company. Here, he uses the same award-winning recipes and high-quality pans to prepare specialty pies such as the Motor City meatball pizza with mushrooms and red onions. The specific recipe that won Shawn his pan-pizza title was the chicken Caesar, which is topped with white-meat chicken, Applewood-smoked bacon, a two-cheese blend, and Caesar dressing, which caramelizes the onions as the pie bakes.