Red Poppy Coffee Co. brews up ambrosial coffee potions and feeds starving minds with selections from its lunch menu. While silently studying ancient Latin gossip mags, café-goers can sip a rich white-chocolate Lyrical latte ($3.09+) or gourmet coffee ($1.48+), or select a favorite leafwater from a variety of 40 tempting teas.
When he immigrated to America, Jesse Berenji took a job in the kitchen at a family member's Mexican restaurant. By keeping a close eye on all aspects of the business, he was soon able to pioneer his own Mexican place—El Patron Restaurant & Cantina. The cooks here fry hand-breaded boneless-chicken breast drizzled with cilantro sauce, for example, and prepare El Patron fajitas—chicken and beef with sautéed veggies on a heated platter, served with homemade tortillas for creating edible Venn diagrams. The menu even touches on American classics such as burgers and chicken tenders.
Sports Fanz Bar & Grill amps up the game-day experience with a spread of finger-friendly favorites, including quarter-pound hot dogs and nacho platters loaded with ground beef and jalapeños. Rather than deal with such tailgating hassles as cooking on clunky grills and avoiding panhandling mascots, you can gather amongst friends at Sports Fanz to watch big games throughout the week and a buffet of football every weekend. You can also stop in for special events during the week, including karaoke on Tuesday, live music on Wednesday, and Ladies' Night on Thursday.
The Manhattan Pie Co. quells hunger uprisings with a menu spilling over with hand-tossed New York–style pizzas, pastas, subs, and more. Like ice cream and bridal parties, the jumbo wings come in a varied number of sizes and flavors, such as spicy or mild buffalo, honey or mesquite barbecue, teriyaki, and parmesan garlic ($7.99 for 10). Circle seekers can choose from more than 30 different thin-crust specialty pizzas, or craft their own from 10 different types of cheese and 25 gourmet toppings.
Firehouse Subs extinguishes appetites with overstuffed sandwiches of high-quality meats and cheese piled high on toasted rolls. Sink your teeth or someone else's into specialty steamed subs (starting at $5.49), such as the Hook & Ladder, with ham, turkey, and monterey-jack cheese, or the New York Steamer, with melted provolone served over corned beef brisket and pastrami. The tasty Engineer offers a brain-boosting bounty of smoked turkey breast crammed with melted swiss and sautéed mushrooms and served Fully Involved (loaded with mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, and onion, and a dill spear on the side for endless rounds of condiment jousting). Further information and pricing can be viewed here, though prices may vary. Firehouse Subs also supports the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, founded by firemen and focused on education, equipment, and training of emergency-service teams.