While most students spent their time playing outside after the final school bell rang each day, Ramzi was inside his father’s falafel shop in Nazareth, Israel, helping to prep chickpea patties between working on homework questions. Those late afternoons instilled in Ramzi a passion for the restaurant business, one that outlived his first career in the tech industry. Now at the helm of his own Middle Eastern eatery, Falafel, etc., Ramzi and his wife Zuhad season their handmade falafels each morning before kettle-frying them in front of patrons. They also fill plates with skewered lamb, chicken shawarma, hummus, and pitas. On the outdoor patio, tables flank a multi-tiered water fountain filled with wished-upon pennies and strands of mermaid hair.
The ancient Greeks gave us many things, but one of the most edible is the pancake. Thus it’s no surprise that in the many centuries since its inception, most countries have put their own spin on it. When Les Highet and Erma Hueneke were developing The Original Pancake House in 1953, they asked women around the world to share their favorite recipes. Though their first location has since expanded into a nationwide family of restaurants, the menu is loyal to the recipes submitted 60 years ago. In fact, they’re the signature dishes: the dutch baby is an airy version dusted with powdered sugar, and the apple pancake is baked in an oven beneath fruit slices and a cinnamon-sugar glaze. The menu has since expanded to include omelets studded with sugar-cured ham or fresh mushrooms—all served with three buttermilk pancakes, of course. Like a swimming pool filled with margarita mix, lunch selections introduce an unexpected Mexican flair, igniting palates with dishes such as steak fajitas with bell peppers and jalapeños.
Super Suppers has been sliding gourmet dinners onto the dining tables, kitchen counters, and TV trays of bogged-down and busy bodies to ensure family feasting is met with a healthy, satisfying meal. Choose from a collection of carefully crafted comestibles, which feed up to three hungry adults. The contents of the Grab n' Go freezer include the bacon-cheddar meatloaf, covered in a ketchup glaze ($16.95) or the chicken with pesto, pecans, and bacon topped with mushrooms and mozzarella cheese ($17.95). Vegetarian options are available every month, as well as additional services to help make the simple process even easier for Time Lord parents and werewolf-hunting singletons too busy combating their genres to even pause and think. Cause a fiesta of flavors in any stomach by consuming all three meals at once. Or, test the salivating endurance of taste buds by freezing any unopened entree for up to two months.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the prime rib mushroom and swiss to the classic italian donning black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the pork-cuban, Baja-chicken, and veggie-caprese subs. Quiznos' Sub Sliders offer slimmer versions of sub fare and flaunt supreme aerodynamics when shot out of T-shirt cannons and into mouths. A selection of Flatbreads, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.
At Chaat Bhavan, a full menu of Indian fare avoids meat as fastidiously as if it were a banana peel on a video-game highway. Snacks include masala chaat, a spicy fruit chutney served with crispy wafers, and missal pav, a mixture of black lentils and crispy noodles. Pan-cooked spinach paratha bread sops up soupy entrees such as the chana sag, which pairs garbanzo beans with fresh spinach, and the aloo gobi mattar, a union of potatoes, peas, and spices. Everything on Chaat Bhavan’s bill of fare is meat-free, and many eats also accommodate Jain customs and veganism.
At Bobby’s Krazy Krabs, the chefs embrace both Cajun and Filipino cuisines’ love of bold flavors and multitude of seafood options to create their eclectic menu. They specialize in pork and seafood dishes, serving up the entire fish for a meal for two to four patrons or one homesick shark looking for a light dinner. They season their freshly caught crawfish, deep-fried wings, and calamari in Cajun, lemon-pepper, or garlic-butter sauces, with the ability to alter the spice level. Channeling Filipino flavors, the chefs offer traditional entrees such as oxtail in a thickened peanut sauces and milkfish served with salted eggs and mango.