Don't confuse the concise dinner menu at Carnegie's Restaurant with uninventiveness. It's actually the result of a dedication to locally sourced herbs and veggies, which the culinary team relies on to craft seasonally changing dishes. Many of these burst with northern Italian flavors, from pork tenderloin roasted in a marsala wine sauce to tiger shrimp and linguini tossed with a tomato cream sauce.
Plenty of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as craft beers, complement feasts unfolding inside the historic Carnegie Library, where varnished hardwoods and chandeliers lend a stately feel to dinners. When weather permits, diners can even head outside to a romantic garden patio whose Venus fly traps are trained not to touch your steak.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
The staff at Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don?t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don?t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy?and equally delicious?alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop?s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Husk prefers its corn sweet and its farms close by. Grown just minutes from Husk HQ, the sweet ears hail from four sustainably-minded Indiana farms: Weaver's Produce, Stout's Melody Acres, Eli Creek Farms, and Wilson Farms. Each supplier has a story to tell?about their humble origins; about the generations of kin who operate them; about the values that make them tick; and about the tiny looms on which they weave their husks.
Though these stories might be different, these farms are all integral to Husk's overall mission of growing and selling corn locally.They represent a return to a community-oriented business style, much like the one that powered Indiana's food supply prior to 20th-century industry. A unique part of their business involves harvesting Indiana sweet corn while it's still in season, then preserving it through a labor-intensive process, so that it's summer flavor can be enjoyed year-round.
The menu at Mama Nita's Pizza runs deep and wide, beginning and ending with the creatively titled specialty pizzas. Try The Hitman, a cheesy pie topped with meatballs, pepperoni, and Italian sausage plus special seasonings, or the Pasketti pie, a robust pan-crust pizza with spaghetti, meatballs, mushrooms, and mozzarella. And while the rest of the menu features American classics such as wings, nachos, and subs, they come in a wide varieties of styles?three types of nachos, more than 15 subs, and wings that come with a choice from 13 sauces. Dessert is no less appetizing?cap the meal off with a homemade cinnamon roll or a dessert pizza cut into slices or post-meal pillows.
Great American Grill shows it patriotism not only through the flag waving proudly on its menu cover, but also with classic American cuisine. The kitchen’s country-fried steak and breaded shrimp evoke down-home charm, as does the hearty housemade chili. Sandwiches range from juicy bacon cheeseburgers to chicken salad, and a rotating daily special infuses the menu with surprise more safely than garnishing every other meal with a lit firework.